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Birth Date9-10-1985
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
Age29 years, 0 months, 10 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
1.42010
1.82011
2.32012
2.92013
3.92014
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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
2009 PIT 23 17 40 36 5 7 1 0 0 8 4 11 0 0 0 0 1 0 .194 .275 .222 .182 -2.7 -0.5 -0.3
2010 PIT 24 110 469 426 57 126 29 3 12 197 34 83 3 4 2 66 2 3 .296 .349 .462 .292 28.8 -15.7 1.4
2011 PIT 25 159 662 596 76 163 36 4 12 243 54 112 4 8 0 83 9 6 .273 .334 .408 .266 22.6 -5.9 1.8
2012 PIT 26 129 530 472 62 132 27 0 14 201 47 104 2 8 1 69 7 5 .280 .342 .426 .283 22.9 -0.9 2.3
2013 PIT 27 133 551 478 62 120 24 4 16 200 50 85 15 3 5 53 1 2 .251 .339 .418 .278 23.3 3.6 2.9
2014 PIT 28 129 538 481 72 134 25 2 21 226 43 81 11 2 1 70 2 2 .279 .350 .470 .304 36.8 -2.6 3.8
Career6772790248933468214213751075232476352593412218.274.341.432.282131.7-22.011.9

Advanced

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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
2004 WPT A- 8 35 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .323 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HIC A 120 518 .274 .261 .339 .398 .265 .333 99 6.8 13.0 2.7 -0.5 2.9 31.3 3.0 31.3 3.0
2005 LYN A+ 9 45 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .367 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 LYN A+ 72 294 .279 .261 .344 .397 .261 .321 103 4.9 7.1 2.3 0.7 0.4 15.1 1.6 15.1 1.6
2006 ALT AA 10 32 .234 .256 .325 .391 .260 .120 104 -1.4 1.5 -0.4 -0.0 -0.2 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2007 ALT AA 117 490 .287 .264 .338 .400 .259 .321 107 14.6 14.5 1.8 -3.8 2.7 41.2 3.8 41.2 3.8
2007 IND AAA 19 69 .152 .257 .320 .380 .250 .255 94 -8 2.0 0.2 -0.3 -0.6 -6.3 -0.6 -6.3 -0.6
2008 IND AAA 133 550 .252 .263 .328 .404 .261 .271 87 -5.1 16.5 1.9 5.8 1.6 20.8 2.6 20.8 2.6
2009 PIT MLB 17 40 .182 .252 .321 .382 .254 .280 97 -3.3 1.2 0.1 -0.5 -0.3 -2.7 -0.3 -2.7 -0.3
2009 IND AAA 95 390 .253 .265 .331 .408 .250 .283 105 -2.8 11.4 1.3 -7.4 1.1 7.7 0.0 7.7 0.0
2009 PIR Rk 8 32 .179 .255 .335 .361 .258 .167 97 -2.8 1.0 -0.1 -0.0 0.4 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2010 PIT MLB 110 469 .292 .259 .322 .407 .266 .340 94 15 12.9 -0.5 -15.7 -1.9 28.8 1.4 28.8 1.4
2010 IND AAA 43 189 .308 .274 .339 .425 .262 .366 102 10.3 5.8 -1.2 3.2 -0.6 14.5 1.7 14.5 1.7
2011 PIT MLB 159 662 .266 .255 .316 .400 .260 .315 98 4.1 17.8 -0.8 -5.9 1.0 22.6 1.8 22.6 1.8
2012 PIT MLB 129 530 .283 .260 .323 .414 .264 .326 97 12.1 14.5 -0.7 -0.9 -1.1 22.9 2.3 22.9 2.3
2013 PIT MLB 133 551 .278 .249 .312 .389 .254 .274 98 9.5 14.5 -0.7 3.6 0.8 23.3 2.9 23.3 2.9
2013 ALT AA 4 13 .351 .303 .369 .430 .301 .500 92 1.2 0.4 0 -0.2 -0.1 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2013 IND AAA 3 11 .250 .237 .322 .348 .244 .250 105 -0.1 0.3 0 -0.3 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2014 PIT MLB 129 538 .304 .249 .308 .387 .260 .297 98 22.3 13.9 -0.6 -2.6 0.4 36.8 3.8 36.8 3.8
2014 BRD A+ 1 5 .261 .239 .299 .326 .231 .333 97 0 0.1 0 0.0 -0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2 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
2004 WPT A- 35 2 10 3 0 0 7 2 1 1 2 .312 .353 .406 .094 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HIC A 518 78 146 33 2 12 68 20 71 7 4 .301 .337 .452 .151 .274 31.3 -0.5 3.0
2005 LYN A+ 45 4 11 2 1 0 12 0 12 0 0 .262 .262 .357 .095 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 LYN A+ 294 32 75 22 1 3 35 19 41 3 5 .284 .341 .409 .125 .279 15.1 0.7 1.6
2006 ALT AA 32 5 5 0 0 2 3 1 4 0 0 .161 .188 .355 .194 .234 -0.7 -0.0 -0.1
2007 IND AAA 69 7 13 3 0 0 0 2 13 1 1 .203 .261 .250 .047 .152 -6.3 -0.3 -0.6
2007 ALT AA 490 77 124 30 3 13 66 53 73 9 4 .288 .365 .462 .174 .287 41.2 -3.8 3.8
2008 IND AAA 550 69 122 25 7 16 80 29 102 10 6 .242 .283 .414 .172 .252 20.8 5.8 2.6
2009 IND AAA 390 38 94 31 2 14 69 26 60 5 2 .264 .315 .480 .216 .253 7.7 -7.4 0.0
2009 PIT MLB 40 5 7 1 0 0 0 4 11 1 0 .194 .275 .222 .028 .182 -2.7 -0.5 -0.3
2009 PIR Rk 32 2 5 2 0 1 1 1 5 0 1 .167 .219 .333 .167 .179 -1.2 -0.0 -0.1
2010 IND AAA 189 25 54 18 2 6 26 19 31 10 1 .321 .394 .560 .238 .308 14.5 3.2 1.7
2010 PIT MLB 469 57 126 29 3 12 66 34 83 2 3 .296 .349 .462 .167 .292 28.8 -15.7 1.4
2011 PIT MLB 662 76 163 36 4 12 83 54 112 9 6 .273 .334 .408 .134 .266 22.6 -5.9 1.8
2012 PIT MLB 530 62 132 27 0 14 69 47 104 7 5 .280 .342 .426 .146 .283 22.9 -0.9 2.3
2013 ALT AA 13 0 5 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 .417 .462 .500 .083 .351 1.4 -0.2 0.1
2013 IND AAA 11 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .222 .364 .333 .111 .250 0.3 -0.3 0.0
2013 PIT MLB 551 62 120 24 4 16 53 50 85 1 2 .251 .339 .418 .167 .278 23.3 3.6 2.9
2014 BRD A+ 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .000 .261 0.2 0.0 0.0
2014 PIT MLB 538 72 134 25 2 21 70 43 81 2 2 .279 .350 .470 .191 .304 36.8 -2.6 3.8

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
2009 164 0.4390 0.4817 0.8101 0.5833 0.4022 0.9048 0.7027 0.1899
2010 1790 0.4832 0.4497 0.8308 0.6243 0.2854 0.9000 0.6894 0.1679
2011 2616 0.4637 0.4516 0.8561 0.5911 0.3307 0.8926 0.7996 0.1439
2012 2027 0.4475 0.4553 0.8200 0.6174 0.3232 0.9071 0.6851 0.1800
2013 2025 0.4578 0.4570 0.8095 0.6365 0.3042 0.9034 0.6437 0.1905
2014 2039 0.4738 0.4774 0.8366 0.6667 0.3066 0.8913 0.7295 0.1624
Career106610.46430.45840.83170.62460.31310.89860.71480.1679

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-06 2014-08-09 DTD 3 3 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-08-02 2014-08-05 DTD 3 2 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-06-09 2014-06-24 15-DL 15 14 - General Medical Surgery Appendectomy 2014-06-09
2013-07-07 2013-07-23 15-DL 16 11 Right Trunk Soreness Ribcage - -
2013-04-27 2013-05-13 15-DL 16 14 Right Hand Laceration Spiked - -
2012-09-25 2012-10-04 DTD 9 9 - Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc - -
2012-09-21 2012-09-22 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Soreness - -
2012-08-27 2012-09-14 DTD 18 15 - Low Back Tightness - -
2012-08-16 2012-08-19 DTD 3 3 Right Fingers Dislocation Little Finger Player Collision - -
2012-03-07 2012-03-11 Camp 4 0 - Low Back Spasms - -
2011-06-30 2011-07-01 DTD 1 1 Low Back Soreness -
2011-06-25 2011-06-30 DTD 5 4 Left Wrist Sprain -
2011-05-11 2011-05-13 DTD 2 1 General Medical Illness Flu -
2010-06-26 2010-07-03 DTD 7 7 Head Concussion -
2009-06-03 2009-07-16 Minors 43 0 Left Knee Sprain PCL -
2006-08-22 2006-08-30 Minors 8 0 - General Medical Illness Virus - -
2006-04-05 2006-05-01 Minors 26 0 Left Wrist Recovery From Surgery Ligament -
2005-12-02 2005-12-02 Minors 0 0 Left Wrist Surgery Ligament -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 PIT $
2014 PIT $5,750,000
2013 PIT $3,300,000
2012 PIT $500,000
2011 PIT $437,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$4,237,000
2011Current$5,750,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$9,987,000
4 yrTotal$9,987,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 166 dHendricks Sports1 year/$5.75M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$5.75M (2014). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.3M (2013). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/31/13 (avoided arbitration, $3.6M-$3M).
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2012). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.437M (2011). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/2/09.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 11/20/08.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2004 (1-11) (Pine Richland HS, Pa.). $1.95M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .245 .304 .292 .226
11 vs R (Multi) .270 .349 .455 .286
18 Split (Multi) .024 .045 .162 .061
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.007 .000 .004 .002
30 vs L (2013) .225 .281 .237 .208
31 vs R (2013) .256 .350 .455 .289
38 Split (2013) .031 .069 .217 .082
39 LgAvg (2013) -.008 -.001 .005 .003

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty: With Joey Votto on the DL, I'm looking to fill some holes. My current DH is Hunter Pence. Is Pence + Boxberger + A. Torres a good deal for V-Mart + Betances + K. Giles? Neil Walker would move into my DH spot in such a move.
(Sara from Tacoma)
Yeah I love this deal for you. You gain V Mart, potential saves in Giles and great rate stats with a SP4 worth of strikeouts in Betances. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in the playoff race in a 20-team dynasty (5x5's with OBP, XBH & QS, HLD): I gave Byron Buxton, Jon Gray, and Alcides Escobar. I received Justin Upton, Doug Fister, and Neil Walker. Essentially the type of trade you want to make as a Buxton owner, or did I sell short?
(AJ from Phoenix)
#ibelieve (Chris Rodriguez)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in the playoff race in a 20-team dynasty (5x5's with OBP, XBH & QS, HLD): I gave Byron Buxton, Jon Gray, and Alcides Escobar. I received Justin Upton, Doug Fister, and Neil Walker. Essentially the type of trade you want to make as a Buxton owner, or did I sell short?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I...don't think I would've given Buxton for Upton, Gray for Fister. I think you came out behind on name value as I think you could've gotten more.

Upton is a good player though, I hope it works out for you. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in the playoff race in a 20-team dynasty (5x5's with OBP, XBH & QS, HLD): I gave Byron Buxton, Jon Gray, and Alcides Escobar. I received Justin Upton, Doug Fister, and Neil Walker. Essentially the type of trade you want to make as a Buxton owner, or did I sell short?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I...don't think I would've given Buxton for Upton, Gray for Fister. I think you came out behind on name value as I think you could've gotten more.

Upton is a good player though, I hope it works out for you. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Boring old non-pitching MI question, but pushing for the championship this year despite my putrid situation. Deep 20 mixed standard 5 x5 league, which three would you start for the rest of the year: Alcanatra, Boegarts, Neil Walker, Hill, or Brad Miller?
(allangustafson from Sun Diego)
The last three right now. Bogaerts struggling hard and Alcantara may be sent back (though if he's not, put him in for Hill right now). (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)In my dynasty league (10 keepers, 12 players) I'm looking for a 2B that has some upside or could break out in 2014. The list of available players is pretty bleak, with guys like Murphy, Lowrie, Kendrick, Dozier, Walker, and Guerrero heading the list. Help me!
(Jake from California)
Yeah 2B is kind of bleh right in the middle Neil Walker and Howie Kendrick aren't bad options to be honest. I kind of like Howie to continue on producing in 2014.

Murphy gets a bad rep because of a few different reasons but he can help you in fantasy. Of the guys listed I'd probably go Kendrick Murphy Walker. (Mauricio Rubio)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I just dropped Andrew Bailey for Yuni because Neil Walker is on the DL. I feel like I lost a piece of my soul. Where's the redemption?
(Joseph from Seattle)
Drugs. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)Who is going to have a better fantasy season. Rickie Weeks or Neil Walker. I really like how Walker has steadily improved every season and he's only 27. There's no way he hits as low as his .264 PECOTA projection right?
(lipitorkid from OC, CA)
Weeks will be the more valuable fantasy player, since he has more power and will steal more. But Walker is a good bet to take a step forward in his age-27 season, assuming his back is healthy. At his peak I think he'll hit .285 with 20 HR's and 8-10 SB's, and drive in a lot of runs thanks to his lineup spot. Not a great player, but a very good one. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)yeah it beats a 9-5 by a mile. you have one of the cooler jobs on the planet in my opinion. last question from me: i have the first pick in the 2nd rd of the dynasty lge i just joined (took taveras #1 overll). would you suggest taking eaton at 2.1 (13) if he's there or should i take a higher upside guy like d'arnaud, zunino, taijaun, arenado, etc)?? thanks again.
(phin from Milwaukee)
Thanks! I'd go for Eaton over those guys since he gives me the best chance of winning now.

I hope that theme has come through loud and clear during this chat: play to win now, no matter what league you're in, whenever possible. Sometimes that's not possible in keeper and dynasty leagues, but the point of fantasy leagues is to compete and to win, so be careful about falling into the "future value" trap too quickly. Sure, I'd love to have Jurickson Profar in 2015, but Neil Walker will probably do a lot more for you in 2013. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)I offered Starlin Castro, Ian Kennedy, Glen Perkins and Gary Brown for Adam Jones, Billy Hamilton, and Michael Pineda in 20-team dynasty. The leagues uses LF/CF/RF over OF, and has deep pitching requirements. The manager I proposed this to has McCutchen in CF, Jones is his DH. He has nobody at SS currently (my backup is Segura). He proposes back Robinson Cano, Starlin Castro, and Ian Kennedy for Adam Jones, Neil Walker, Jason Vargas, and Michael Pineda. I'm not off my game when I say this guy is one suit short of a full deck, am I?
(Louis from Glendale)
I'd trade one of my kids before I traded away Billy Hamilton in a league. For him to take Hamilton out of the deal and ask you to throw in Cano is rather entertaining. Who does he think you are, Jeff Loria? (Jason Collette)
2012-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Neil Walker, is he for real?
(redguy12588 from Pittsburgh)
I asked BP's John Perrotto a similar question a few weeks ago and he assured me that, yes, it is in fact real, citing adjustments in his approach that Walker has made this year. I wouldn't count on him being much better than this (.290/.352/.451), and it is his age-26 season, but will he be a solid second baseman for the foreseeable future? I think so. Just don't expect him to turn into the next Chase Utley. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jemile Weeks as a top 5 second baseman in 2012, agree or disagree?
(JP from Oakland)
Disagree. Cano, Pedroia, Kinsler, Weeks, Phillips, Zobrist (if we're talking fantasy), Kendrick etc. He's more like in the Neil Walker tier. (Sam Miller)
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to deal with, both past or present?
(Gerald from Savannah)
Geez. That's a tough one because there are so many good guys I have dealt with in 24 years of covering baseball. I hate to leave people out but some of my favorites would have to include Sean Casey, John Burkett, Jay Bell, Craig Wilson, Jason Schmidt, Michael Barrett from the past. From the present: Jason Bay, Cole Hamels, Carlos Pena, Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips, Nyjer Morgan, Neil Walker, Joel Hanrahan, Adam Jones, Max Scherzer, Don Kelly, Chris Perez, Adam Dunn, Matt Capps, Torii Hunter, Kurt Suzuki, Ian Kinsler. (John Perrotto)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have been sitting on Utley all season and now I am getting offers for him every day. This is a 5X5 Keeper and I also have Neil Walker. Right now I am playing Justin Turner at 3rd base. What kind of return should I expect and which one should I look to move?
(Calvin from SoCal)
I like Walker over Turner for sure. If you can get first or second round value for Utley, do it. Anything else and it becomes questionable. There is definitely a chance of a reinjury, so don't automatically rule out a trade. It also depends on where you are in the standings. If you're near the top, maybe taking a lower variance player makes sense. If you're not, maybe you need a high variance guy like Utley and will require more to trade him. (Derek Carty)
2010-06-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)They shoot pirates, don't they? Anything to look forward to with the 2010 Bucs so I don't do the same?
(frank from vegas)
Well, Pedro Alvarez is up, and while he's off to just a 4-for-35 start, he should be good enough to stick in the majors once he gets his bearings. Neil Walker is taking to the majors as well, and that's worth something, too. I'm less optimistic about Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, but they're not hopeless. Andrew McCutchen is a damn fine ballplayer and Lastings Milledge is coming around. It's going to get better. Not immediately, but they're on the right track. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Neil Walker remain as a starter the rest of the year and what kind of numbers do you expect from him? Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
He'll hang on at the very least as a utility man, and I think he's good enough that with some breaks his way he can absolutely stay a starter. I'd expect about 10 home runs and not too many walks. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)John, any read on what will happen to the lineup in Pittsburgh if/when Alvarez is called up? LaRoche to 2B? to the bench? Jones to 1B? Church to the bench? Milledge gone?
(sam19041 from Pittsburgh Lineup)
I'd say they'll give LaRoche and/or Neil Walker a shot at second. (John Perrotto)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Andy LaRoche; failure, or too early to tell?
(Sweet Lou from Pittsburgh, PA)
Too early to tell. As I said yesterday in TA, Neil Walker's got his uses, LaRoche has mashed lefties, and maybe that's a 50/50 job-sharing arrangement where Walker also gets some at-bats in the outfield or over at first base. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)John - what can you tell us about the long-term prosepcts of Jarek Cunningham. Can he stick at SS defensively? He had a heck of a GCL season for an 18th round HS'er.
(Dale Berra's Stash from Pittsburgh)
He has definitely been a pleasant surprise. The jury is out on Cunningham at shortstop but I do know the Pirates will keep him at that premium position until he shows he CAN'T play shortstop unlike how the previous regime with Pirates prematurely moved Neil Walker from catcher to third base, decreasing his value greatly. (John Perrotto)
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the LaRoche brothers manning the corner IF spots and Steven Pearce likely plugged into one of the OF corners spots in Pittsburgh, what do the Pirates do now with Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker?
(JoshC77 from Columbus, OH)
With the caveat that I'm not Kevin Goldstein, I'll take a swing at this. I don't think you worry about Walker or Alvarez until they're pressing for a spot on the big league roster. Walker is hitting just .232/.266/.421 in Triple-A, Alvarez has yet to sign and begin his pro career. They're both a ways off, and you can always trade from strength to fill other organizational needs if there's a logjam. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-02-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)if you could compare pedro alvarez to any current major leaguer,who would it be
(tycobb from ga)
Alex Gordon seems like the logical answer, and it makes sense to speculate whether the two might be teammates in a few years. While scouting directors primarily draft talent over need (the smart ones anyway), itís interesting that the teams at the top of this yearís draft all have promising young third basemen: Evan Longoria, Neil Walker, and Gordon. Depending on your opinion of Billy Rowell, the team drafting 4th may have one themselves.

Just think what kind of draft the Red Sox would have had in 2005 had they been able to sign Alvarez after taking him in the 14th round. While they came away with Ellsbury, Buchholz, Hansen, Bowden, and Lowrie, not to mention a pair of unheralded kids in Mark Wagner and Reid Engel, the one thing the Red Sox donít in their talented farm system is a highly-regarded third base prospect. (David Laurila)


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