Biographical

Portrait of Shawn Green

Shawn Green RFBlue Jays

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
15 7962 .283 .355 .494 .291 43.7
Birth Date11-10-1972
Height6' 4"
Weight190 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1993 TOR 20 3 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .003 -1.7 -0.0 -0.2
1994 TOR 21 14 34 33 1 3 1 0 0 4 1 8 0 0 0 1 1 0 .091 .118 .121 .093 -4.2 -1.2 -0.5
1995 TOR 22 121 405 379 52 109 31 4 15 193 20 68 3 3 0 54 1 2 .288 .326 .509 .280 15.5 7.6 2.3
1996 TOR 23 132 465 422 52 118 32 3 11 189 33 75 8 2 0 45 5 1 .280 .342 .448 .267 14.4 14.8 2.8
1997 TOR 24 135 471 429 57 123 22 4 16 201 36 99 1 4 1 53 14 3 .287 .340 .469 .287 29.0 2.9 3.1
1998 TOR 25 158 689 630 106 175 33 4 35 321 50 142 5 3 1 100 35 12 .278 .334 .510 .290 37.8 -1.7 3.6
1999 TOR 26 153 696 614 134 190 45 0 42 361 66 117 11 5 0 123 20 7 .309 .384 .588 .313 55.6 11.1 6.3
2000 LAN 27 162 714 610 98 164 44 4 24 288 90 121 8 6 0 99 24 5 .269 .367 .472 .287 36.5 -5.6 2.9
2001 LAN 28 161 701 619 121 184 31 4 49 370 72 107 5 5 0 125 20 4 .297 .372 .598 .338 70.3 20.0 8.9
2002 LAN 29 158 685 582 110 166 31 1 42 325 93 112 5 5 0 114 8 5 .285 .385 .558 .328 63.9 14.2 7.9
2003 LAN 30 160 691 611 84 171 49 2 19 281 68 112 6 6 0 85 6 2 .280 .355 .460 .293 34.8 -3.2 3.1
2004 LAN 31 157 671 590 92 157 28 1 28 271 71 114 8 2 0 86 5 2 .266 .352 .459 .281 19.3 -14.8 0.4
2005 ARI 32 158 656 581 87 166 37 4 22 277 62 95 5 8 0 73 8 4 .286 .355 .477 .278 20.1 3.8 2.4
2006 ARI 33 115 462 417 59 118 22 3 11 179 37 64 6 2 0 51 4 4 .283 .348 .429 .264 8.3 -2.3 0.6
2006 NYN 33 34 126 113 14 29 9 0 4 50 8 18 4 1 0 15 0 0 .257 .325 .442 .262 1.5 -1.0 0.1
2007 NYN 34 130 490 446 62 130 30 1 10 192 37 62 5 1 1 46 11 1 .291 .352 .430 .269 8.8 -7.5 0.1
Career19517962708211292003445353283502744131580533107016252.283.355.494.291410.037.143.7

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1992 DUN A+ 114 462 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .318 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 TOR MLB 3 6 .003 .251 .328 .359 .259 .000 100 -1.7 0.2 -0.1 -0.0 -0.0 -1.7 -0.2 -1.7 -0.2
1993 KNX AA 99 398 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .338 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TOR MLB 14 34 .093 .281 .349 .416 .261 .120 99 -6.4 1.0 -0.3 -1.2 -0.0 -4.2 -0.5 -4.2 -0.5
1994 SYR AAA 109 483 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .370 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 TOR MLB 121 405 .280 .272 .342 .430 .267 .314 98 8.9 12.1 -4.3 7.6 -1.0 15.5 2.3 15.5 2.3
1996 TOR MLB 132 465 .267 .277 .347 .447 .269 .317 98 4 14.4 -5.1 14.8 -1.3 14.4 2.8 14.4 2.8
1997 TOR MLB 135 471 .287 .266 .335 .418 .262 .336 95 13.8 13.0 -5.5 2.9 6.4 29.0 3.1 29.0 3.1
1998 TOR MLB 158 689 .290 .270 .336 .428 .265 .307 94 23 18.8 -5.6 -1.7 3.1 37.8 3.6 37.8 3.6
1999 TOR MLB 153 696 .313 .272 .343 .434 .262 .322 101 42.9 19.5 -8.1 11.1 2.7 55.6 6.3 55.6 6.3
2000 LAN MLB 162 714 .287 .269 .342 .440 .262 .297 95 23.2 19.7 -8.3 -5.6 1.6 36.5 2.9 36.5 2.9
2001 LAN MLB 161 701 .338 .261 .326 .431 .258 .288 94 59.5 18.9 -7.8 20.0 1.9 70.3 8.9 70.3 8.9
2002 LAN MLB 158 685 .328 .262 .327 .420 .258 .286 93 49.7 17.4 -7.3 14.2 1.3 63.9 7.9 63.9 7.9
2003 LAN MLB 160 691 .293 .263 .329 .423 .260 .313 91 24.9 18.2 -7.6 -3.2 -0.1 34.8 3.1 34.8 3.1
2004 LAN MLB 157 671 .281 .267 .335 .428 .264 .287 95 15.6 20.0 -11.2 -14.8 -2.9 19.3 0.4 19.3 0.4
2005 ARI MLB 158 656 .278 .261 .326 .417 .260 .305 105 12.4 18.9 -4.9 3.8 -4.7 20.1 2.4 20.1 2.4
2006 ARI MLB 115 462 .264 .269 .333 .429 .263 .311 99 1.8 13.9 -5.5 -2.3 -0.3 8.3 0.6 8.3 0.6
2006 NYN MLB 34 126 .262 .265 .340 .431 .269 .272 91 0.3 3.8 -1.4 -1.0 -0.6 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2007 NYN MLB 130 490 .269 .267 .332 .421 .259 .320 98 4.8 14.5 -5.7 -7.5 -0.7 8.8 0.1 8.8 0.1
2012 ISR int 2 9 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1992 DUN A+ 462 44 114 21 3 1 49 28 66 22 9 .273 .322 .345 .072 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 KNX AA 398 40 102 14 2 4 34 26 72 4 9 .283 .335 .367 .083 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 TOR MLB 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .003 -1.7 -0.0 -0.2
1994 SYR AAA 483 82 149 27 3 13 61 40 54 19 7 .344 .403 .510 .166 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TOR MLB 34 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 8 1 0 .091 .118 .121 .030 .093 -4.2 -1.2 -0.5
1995 TOR MLB 405 52 109 31 4 15 54 20 68 1 2 .288 .326 .509 .222 .280 15.5 7.6 2.3
1996 TOR MLB 465 52 118 32 3 11 45 33 75 5 1 .280 .342 .448 .168 .267 14.4 14.8 2.8
1997 TOR MLB 471 57 123 22 4 16 53 36 99 14 3 .287 .340 .469 .182 .287 29.0 2.9 3.1
1998 TOR MLB 689 106 175 33 4 35 100 50 142 35 12 .278 .334 .510 .232 .290 37.8 -1.7 3.6
1999 TOR MLB 696 134 190 45 0 42 123 66 117 20 7 .309 .384 .588 .279 .313 55.6 11.1 6.3
2000 LAN MLB 714 98 164 44 4 24 99 90 121 24 5 .269 .367 .472 .203 .287 36.5 -5.6 2.9
2001 LAN MLB 701 121 184 31 4 49 125 72 107 20 4 .297 .372 .598 .300 .338 70.3 20.0 8.9
2002 LAN MLB 685 110 166 31 1 42 114 93 112 8 5 .285 .385 .558 .273 .328 63.9 14.2 7.9
2003 LAN MLB 691 84 171 49 2 19 85 68 112 6 2 .280 .355 .460 .180 .293 34.8 -3.2 3.1
2004 LAN MLB 671 92 157 28 1 28 86 71 114 5 2 .266 .352 .459 .193 .281 19.3 -14.8 0.4
2005 ARI MLB 656 87 166 37 4 22 73 62 95 8 4 .286 .355 .477 .191 .278 20.1 3.8 2.4
2006 ARI MLB 462 59 118 22 3 11 51 37 64 4 4 .283 .348 .429 .146 .264 8.3 -2.3 0.6
2006 NYN MLB 126 14 29 9 0 4 15 8 18 0 0 .257 .325 .442 .186 .262 1.5 -1.0 0.1
2007 NYN MLB 490 62 130 30 1 10 46 37 62 11 1 .291 .352 .430 .139 .269 8.8 -7.5 0.1
2012 ISR int 9 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2007 11 0.5455 0.2727 0.6667 0.3333 0.2000 1.0000 0.0000 0.3333
Career110.54550.27270.66670.33330.2100.3333

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2007-05-26 2007-06-11 15-DL 16 14 Right Foot Fracture 1st Metatarsal -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 NYN $9,500,000
2006 ARI $10,213,898
2005 ARI $7,833,333
2004 LAN $16,666,667
2003 LAN $15,666,667
2002 LAN $13,416,667
2001 LAN $12,166,667
2000 LAN $9,416,667
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$94,880,566
8 yrTotal$94,880,566

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 63 dGreg Genske (formerly Jeff Moorad)3 yr/$32M (05-07)+$10M 08 m opt ($2M b/o

Details
  • acquired in trade from AZ 8/06 (waived no-trade protection) (AZ also to pay NYM c$6.3M - pd $0.5M 06, c$5.8M 07)
  • full no-trade clause 05, limited no-trade protection 06-07 allowing trades only to AN, LA, SD
  • signed extension 1/05, paying $2M signing bonus, 05:$10.5M, 06:$8M, 07:$9.5M, 08:$10M mutual option $2M buyout
  • acquired in trade from LAD 1/05 (waived no-trade protection) (LAD to pay $10M of $16M 05 sal)
  • 6 year/$84M (00-05) $4M signing bonus, 00:$8.75M, 01:$11.5M, 02:$12.75M, 03:$15M, 04:$16M, 05:$16M

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
Weighted Mean???????????.000.000.000.0000.0?0.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2008 Green got off to great start last year, hitting .355/.412/.538 in April, but that only confused the Mets' outfield situation as they tried to figure out what to do with Lastings Milledge. By May, he was pretty much back to being Shawn Green: intermittently healthy, and only intermittently productive. Green had another hot streak down the stretch, but hit a dreadful .237/.280/.360 from May through July. His four-year peak ended five years ago, and he hasn't slugged .500 since. Combine that with Green's age and the fact that he's a defensive liability everywhere but first base, and he has little use other than as a lefty bat off the bench.
2007 The Mets will only regret acquiring Green one time, and that`s constantly. Since turning 30, Green has batted .277/.351/.458. That looks acceptable, in a bare minimum sort of way, until you consider that his getting to play in Faceless Banking Services Conglomerate Ballpark in Phoenix had been contributing more than a little bit. A slight slip further downward in 2007, and he`ll be a major impediment to the Mets if they insist keeping him as their everyday right fielder.
2006 There`s talk of him playing center field for Arizona in `06, helping to make room for one of their many corner outfield prospects. He saw a decent amount of time at center last year, where he rated below average, but not worse than Luis Terrero. Like many southpaws, he`s vulnerable to left-handed pitching. The Dodgers are on the hook for a good chunk of his salary, which makes him less of an Expensive Problem than the team`s other Semi-Famous Expensive Outfielder.
2005 Green's health and offensive production have been slipping for three straight years, from borderline MVP candidate to "solid but unspectacular." If DePodesta knows anything, it's how to find acceptable to very good offensive talent for the corners at a low price; Green's production can be approximately matched at a considerable discount, and that money put somewhere else instead. DePo looked in his own cupboard, saw Hee Seop Choi sitting there, and flipped Green to Arizona for Dioner Navarro and William Juarez at the end of the Great Randy Johnson Caper. Given the money saved cleared the way for Odalis Perez's re-signing and a starting job for Choi, it's a good deal even if Navarro and Juarez bust.
2003 A team’s best-paid player tends to shoulder the bulk of the blame when others fall short of expectations. This is often patently unfair. Shawn Green hangs with Kevin Brown at the top of the Dodgers’ payroll list. Few players anywhere can hang with Green on the field. Like A-Rod, Green more than earns his ample keep. A durable player in top shape, it’s a good bet you’ll read a similar comment as he wraps up Year Six of his contract, in 2006.
2002 We wonder if Cito Gaston thinks Green is ready to play every day yet. He's a solid defensive outfielder, one of the best offensive performers in baseball, durable, good with the fans, and possesses a swing that's beautiful to watch. Despite Bud Selig, Carl Pohlad, $15 parking, Carl Everett, and Bermanisms, this is a great era in which to be a baseball fan. Green will hit for more power than the projection above indicates.
2001 It's a perfectly nice season by a perfectly nice player. The problem is the Dodgers paid Shawn Green with the expectation that he'd keep having 1999. That, more or less, is the problem with most free-agent signings: unrealistic expectations based on one season's performance. Green will be a .290-.300 EqA player for the next few years; here's hoping he doesn't get labeled a disappointment.
2000 Like Delgado, Green has improved steadily over the past four years, especially when it comes to hitting left-handed pitchers (pre-1999: .243/.293/.373 in 378 at-bats; 1999: .280/.376/.506 in 164 at-bats) and playing defense, even winning a Gold Glove in 1999. I think last year was about the top of his range and expect him to settle into the .290-.300 EqA level for the next few years. He will help the Dodgers, who will have to avoid appearing disappointed when he slips back to a .290 EqA with traditional statistics that look worse thanks to the park switch.
1999 Freed from Cito's tyranny, he had the big year prospect hounds have been waiting for. We've bashed Tim Johnson a lot in these pages, but if there was one thing I thought was really cool, it was Johnson's decision to slap Green into the #2 slot in the lineup and essentially leave him there for the year. Why bunt Stewart over when you can move around with an extra-base hit?
1998 What everybody thinks Garret Anderson is. Green has developed slowly as a hitter, thanks in part to a penchant for horrible starts that ticked off Cito Gaston and cost him playing time. Like Gonzalez, he is still just 25 and still progressing. If we ever get around to ranking players based on how pretty their swing is, Green’s my top pick. He’s going to have a very big year.
1997 If Jesse Orosco had been raised in a weightless environment, he’d probably look a lot like Shawn Green. For two straight years, Green has had a miserable first half (.222/.286/.400 career), followed by a hot finish (.325/.363/.519). If he can hit like that second half all season, he could be the new Dave Parker; if not, there’s always room for people like Luis Gonzalez. He’s spent a lot of time in instructional league working on his defense, which seems to be improving.
1996  One of the very few bright spots in a dismal season for the Jays, Shawn Green continued his torrid hitting from AAA into the major leagues, showing power and hitting for a decent average. He has been hyped for quite some time after being a high draft pick but didn't really hit until he exploded in 1994 with Syracuse. If the Jays can get Green, Gonzalez and Delgado to play the way they are capable of, they will be quite a strong team in the future. As the team turns away from it's glory days, it will be looking for a marquee player to put butts in the stands. Shawn Green is an exciting player, good looking and talented and is well qualified for the marquee player role.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just for reference, the last 9 WARP seasons (rounding) by a RF? 2011 Jose Bautista, 2001 Sammy Sosa, 2001 Shawn Green, 1988 Jose Canseco, 1986 Jesse Barfield. (Add in LF, and you get a whole lot of Bonds, plus 2001 Luis Gonzalez and Rickey in 1990 and 1980. Also, holy 1980 Willie Wilson FRAA.) So I think I'd be surprised by a 9 win season.
(justarobert from Santa Clara)
It's a fair point, but I think Puig is a better defender than Bautista so can contribute more on that side of the ball. I'm not saying it's likely - it's not - but I do think it's within his spectrum of production. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-05-29 18:30:00 (link to chat)First year keeper league. Wondering about your feelings on "dump trades". What's the line for you on what should be vetoed?
(DSparks003 from Scranton)
Hey Mr. Sparks.

My feelings on dump trades are complicated. I don't like them, but I do like playing in keeper formats and it's next to impossible to prohibit them entirely in keeper leagues. So I've learned to live with them. In my leagues, we use a salary cap to limit the damage dump trades can do. It doesn't stop dump trades, but prevents the egregious deals that we used to see where one team sent its five best players to one team.

If you've listened to Jason Collette and Paul Sporer on the fantasy podcast, you know that they take a very hard stance against vetoes. I'm almost entirely in agreement. Unless a deal is obviously collusion, I don't like the concept of blocking trades in a keeper league. Future value is often entirely in the eye of the beholder. Not only that, but I've seen "great" future trades not work out and "bad" future trades work out fairly well for teams playing for next year. An example of something I'd veto is a deal where a player who is obviously overvalued for next year gets traded in a dump deal to a non-contender.

I'm more likely to consider a veto for offseason trades where either a) a player is getting dealt back to the team he originally was traded from the previous seasons or b) a player who is clearly overpriced is dealt. I was in a league once where a past-his-prime Shawn Green was overpriced and dealt for two keepers. Green was then tossed back by the owner who dealt for him. I might have voted to veto that, but a better solution is forcing the owner who dealt for Green to keep him. In the vast majority of cases, though, I agree with Paul and Jason. Vetoes are generally very bad for leagues. (Mike Gianella)
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jerry Manuel is really starting to get on my nerves. Between the Castro/Santos stunt, over-playing Sheffield and batting him 4th, and going to Shawn Green instead of K-Rod in the 10th inning in Philly on Saturday (not that every other manager in the majors wouldn't have) he's made a season's worth of dumb moves in a week. Has a team ever paid THREE managers simultaneously?
(Steve from NJ)
I think Manuel has done more to call his ability as a manager into question than Willie Randolph ever did. Not saying I'd fire him, just that he has, to me, seemed objectively worse. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Brien Taylor? Never heard that story, please tell.
(carp1626 from Warrensburg)
Taylor was the #1 overall pick in the 1991 draft, a high school southpaw with great stuff taken by the Yankees. He went ahead of Dmitri Young (#4), Manny Ramirez (#13), Cliff Floyd (#14), Shawn Green (#16), and several other future major leaguers. As with many hard-throwing young lefties, he struggled with control, but he was definitely projectable, reaching AA at 21. Unfortunately, that winter he got into a bar fight and was thrown down on his pitching arm. He missed a full year recovering, and when he came back he just had nothing left.

...You know what's interesting about that? I never thought about this before, but the Yankees left Taylor throw a million pitches at 20 and 21 (160 innings each year with tons of walks and strikeouts). I wonder if his arm would have fallen off even without the bar fight. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)The same Cito Gaston who said Shawn Green would never cut it as a major league ballplayer?
(Rich from Columbus, OH)
You don't have to agree with all of someone's decisions to have a good conversation with them. (Derek Jacques)
2008-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)The run differential looks nice and all, especially compared the LAAOA's. But there seems to be an odd amount of blowout wins skewing the Pythag a bit, not to mention they have all those pitchers looking forward to increased workloads. In other words CK, do you see Beane buying or selling?
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
I think there's more work to be done on the outsized impact that blowout wins can have on a team's overall outlook. Beating the bejeezuz out of other team's 11th or 12th pitchers isn't really a skill that defines playoff teams. I think Beane's going to be flexible, willing to do both at once (perhaps similar to where the D'backs were in 2006, when they decided to keep their bid for contention alive by calling up the kids while dealing Shawn Green), depending on what people are looking for, and what they're looking to offer. If he gets a great offer on Joe Blanton, he'll listen. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-02-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who has the stronger arm? Me or Juan Pierre? (Note: I "probably" lead my slow pitch softball league in outfield assists last year, although most of the base runners have had hip replacements recently.)
(Clay from St. Louis, MO)
Well, if your league is anything like the one I played in last year, getting an assist is actually an accomplishment since we're too old to try to stretch anything or for that matter want to even consider sliding. So I'd have to say yes, your arm is probably competitive.

For 2007 Pierre ranked dead last among centerfielders at -7.3 with a rate of -6.0. Grady Sizemore is second to last at -4.6 with David DeJesus (-4.5) not far behind. In 2006 Pierre was -1.8 and in 2005 -1.6. From 2005-2007 he finished second to last at -10.7 ahead of only Johnny Damon (-11.2). He wasn't nearly as bad as far as rate was concerned because of his greater playing time (-3.0 per 550 opportunities). From a rate perspective Brady Clark did the worst among centerfielders who received much playing time (256 adjusted games in those three years) at -5.3 runs per 550 opportunities.

Who was the worst in 2005-2007 you might ask (ok, you didn't but play along)? Shawn Green was -16.0 and Shannon Stewart was -11.8 before we get to Damon and Pierre. Jason Bay (-10.5) and Xavier Nady (-10.4) were no great shakes either. (Dan Fox)
2008-01-22 19:00:00 (link to chat) Can you suggest any free-agent outfielders the Orioles might go after who promise greater productivity than does Corey Patterson?
(gradyjerome from New Bern, NC)
Well, there's that Bonds fellow...I'm looking at the list and it's not promising. What are your thoughts on Shawn Green? How about Luis Gonzalez? Roger Cedeno? Richard Hidalgo? How about a return visit from Sammy Sosa? I'd take a pass on just about everyone, really. I'd invite some of them to camp, but I wouldn't be going out of my way to sign anyone on that list, except for Bonds who will still be more productive than most. (Jim Baker)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Jeremy Hermida making the leap this year?
(Dan from NYC)
Didn't he already do that in the second half? He's a terrific hitter, probably going to end up somewhere between Shawn Green and Lance Berkman. Too bad no one will notice. (Joe Sheehan)


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