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08-27

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BP Announcements: Indians Looking for Data Architect - Baseball Systems
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Joe Hamrahi

05-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: How the Indians Were Built
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Kevin Goldstein

05-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Beware of the Tribe
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Paul Sporer

05-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 196: The New Scott Kazmir/The Future of the Angels
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-27

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Cautiously Optimistic
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Matthew Kory and Paul Sporer

03-12

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Overthinking It: The Not-So-Secret Sabermetrics of Marketing
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Ben Lindbergh

02-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 135: 2013 Season Preview Series: Cleveland Indians
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

01-25

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BP Unfiltered: Why Wahoo's Gotta Go
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Ben Lindbergh

09-28

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Overthinking It: Mourning Manny Acta
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Ben Lindbergh

09-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 51: What the Rockies Knew About Ubaldo/The Eternal Torii Hunter/Declining Dan Haren
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 33: The Least Likely Team to Win a World Series In the Next 10 Years/Does it Matter if Jimmy Rollins Jogs?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-20

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BP Unfiltered: Fact-Checking the Chris Perez Profanity-Laced Tirade
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Ben Lindbergh

06-05

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Overthinking It: Derek Lowe's Deadball Era
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Ben Lindbergh

05-11

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Raising Aces: Where's Ubaldo?
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Doug Thorburn

09-26

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Cleveland Indians
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Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

08-26

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Requiem for a Race
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Jay Jaffe

05-13

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The BP Broadside: If the Past is Precedent Then the Tribe Can Crash
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Steven Goldman

04-27

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On the Beat: Bizarro World in the AL Central
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John Perrotto

04-22

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Are The Indians For Real?
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Jay Jaffe

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

02-24

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Painting the Black: A Measure of Success
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R.J. Anderson

05-15

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You Can Blog It Up: DPOTD Thurman Munson: An Alternative History of the 1986 World Series
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Steven Goldman

04-04

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

09-22

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Cleveland Indians
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Baseball Prospectus

07-13

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Prospectus Idol Entry: How Much is that Pronk Bobblehead in the Window?
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Tim Kniker

05-17

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On the Beat: Dark Clouds in Cleveland
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John Perrotto

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

02-04

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Future Shock: Indians Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: The Weekend Trio
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Christina Kahrl

06-27

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The Mill: Sabathia Rumors
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Will Carroll and Kevin Goldstein

04-03

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: Indians Manager Eric Wedge
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John Perrotto

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Four Report
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John Perrotto

10-16

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Future Shock: How the Indians Were Built
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Kevin Goldstein

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Three Report
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John Perrotto

10-15

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You Could Look It Up: The Tribe's Troubles
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Steven Goldman

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: Indians versus Red Sox
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Jay Jaffe

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Game Two Report, Yankees versus Indians
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John Perrotto

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Game One Report, Yankees versus Indians
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John Perrotto

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: Yankees versus Indians
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Jay Jaffe

09-30

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Every Given Sunday: Tribe Success, and Its Duplication
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John Perrotto

04-01

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-02

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Hope and Faith: How the Cleveland Indians Can Win the World Series
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Dan Fox

07-14

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Lies, Damned Lies: Tufte Takes on the Tribe
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Nate Silver

07-13

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Cleveland Indians @ New York Yankees, 7/10/05
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Jonah Keri

06-08

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Lies, Damned Lies: A Tribe Called Mess
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Nate Silver

05-27

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Prospectus Triple Play: Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals
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Paul Swydan

08-12

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Prospectus Triple Play: Cleveland Indians, Montreal Expos, Seattle Mariners
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Baseball Prospectus

08-12

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Prospectus Today: Excitement on the Reservation
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Joe Sheehan

08-08

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Prospectus Triple Play: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners
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Baseball Prospectus

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June 5, 2012 10:00 am

Overthinking It: Derek Lowe's Deadball Era

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Ben Lindbergh

Cleveland Indians starter Derek Lowe is turning back the clock on his career by pitching like Grover Cleveland is President.

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May 11, 2012 4:40 am

Raising Aces: Where's Ubaldo?

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Doug Thorburn

Wondering what happened to the Ubaldo Jimenez the Indians thought they were acquiring? Look no further than his disintegrating mechanics.

Ubaldo Jimenez is a fascinating example of how a pitcher performance can turn sour due to the influence of mechanics.

Ben Lindbergh recently noted the precipitous drop in Ubaldo's  fastball velocity, which has lost four full ticks since his 2010 breakout, averaging just under 93 mph so far this season. Never known for his control, the right-handed Jimenez has reached new heights with the free pass in 2012, handing out 6.3 walks per nine innings compared to a career rate of four walks per nine. His ground-ball percentage has also suffered a decline, dropping 10 percentage points from two years ago to contribute to a homer rate that is almost double his career average. All of his stats are trending in the wrong directions, with a career-low K rate and an AL-high 25 walks allowed over six starts.

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September 26, 2011 5:00 am

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Cleveland Indians

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Steven Goldman, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

The Indians rolled the dice on Ubaldo Jimenez and must now fill holes for 2012.

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fadewhether in September (or before), the league division series, league championship series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski, and Kevin Goldstein's farm-system overview.

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August 26, 2011 12:33 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Requiem for a Race

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Jay Jaffe

Within the last week, the AL Central has gone from a hotly-contested race to a blowout.

Dear Bill Smith,

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Why the Playoff Odds Report is right to doubt the Indians, plus why a common method of rating managers might be wrong.

The Cleveland Indians have been slumping a bit of late. After sweeping a six-game homestand against division rivals Kansas City and Detroit, they won the first game of their second west-coast swing of the season to capture their seventh consecutive win. In the eight games since, however, they have won only three games, alternating victories and defeats at Oakland and Anaheim before dropping two of three contests against the Rays at home. With the Royals concurrently taking two of three from the Yankees, the Indians’ lead is down to four games in the loss column.

Even with their recent struggles, the Indians maintain the largest lead of any first-place team, the second-best run differential in baseball, and are on pace for 104 wins. Nonetheless, our Playoff Odds Report, which repeatedly simulates the remainder of the season, has show scant love for them, with their chance of winning the division consistently rated below that of the Tigers, who currently trail them by five games in the loss column.

We can debate the relative merits of the two clubs, and in particular whether the most surprising Tribesmen—Matt LaPorta, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jack Hannahan, Michael Brantley, Travis Hafner, Justin Masterson, and Josh Tomlinare going to keep it up the rest of the way. We can also moot about the idea that we’ve reached or are about to reach the point of the season where current standings become more meaningful than preseason projections and thus the Indians and Tigers are what they are, so the Playoff Odds Report is wrong, or (this is a favorite option of some readers when we say something against their favorite team) simply prejudiced. Yes, secreted within the soul of the new machine is a Tigers fan.

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April 27, 2011 9:00 am

On the Beat: Bizarro World in the AL Central

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John Perrotto

Few may be ready to consider the division-leading Indians and Royals true contenders, but both teams hope to prove the critics wrong.

It seems like something from The Onion: The Royals and Indians are meeting in a game pivotal to the American League Central standings for a second straight week.

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April 22, 2011 7:41 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Are The Indians For Real?

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Jay Jaffe

Expected to be an afterthought in the AL Central race, Cleveland has instead notched the league's best record. Can the Tribe keep it up?

On Sunday, Grady Sizemore returned to the Indians lineup for the first time since last May 16. After grounding out inauspiciously in his first at-bat, he hit a towering home run to right field in his second, and laced a double in his third. It was a performance much more reminiscent of the three-time All-Star center fielder who hit .281/.372/.496 from 2005-2008 than the shell of one who batted just .239/.328/.410 in 2009-2010, as troubles with his left knee set him on the road to microfracture surgery.

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Pegging BP's favorites in both leagues, both in the standings and for the major awards.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff predictions for the division standings and the major player awards  (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division with first-place votes in parentheses, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting. 

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that has been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.). Next to each of these selections we've listed the total number of ballots, followed by the total number of points, and then the number of first-place votes in parentheses, if any were received.

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February 24, 2011 8:12 am

Painting the Black: A Measure of Success

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R.J. Anderson

Evaluating the Indians' performance over the past few years based on won-loss record may be unfair.

Success is a subjective term, with its boundaries open to interpretation. In baseball, success usually means having many more wins than losses throughout the season, so in that literal sense, the Indians’ past few seasons have lacked success. They have more losing seasons (six) than winning seasons (three, if you include a .500 season) since 2002. Prior to 2002, the Indians had made six playoff appearances within a seven-year stretch—including five straight berths and two advancements to the World Series. From then on, the team has gained entry to the tournament only once, and even that experience left a bitter taste in the proverbial collective mouth of Clevelanders.

The Indians have won 215 games over the last three seasons, a disappointment when juxtaposed to the three years prior, in which they tallied 267 victories. That's an obvious decline, sure, but the team remains a success story of sorts as the Indians work under a different set of circumstances. The little team that could saber is a distinction now reserved for another franchise, but the Indians are not too shabby in front-office talent themselves. The proof resides in the numbers—specifically the payroll totals. Providing factoids about the Indians' payroll can be illuminating; for instance, the sum of Cleveland’s 2008-2010 payrolls equal the Yankees’ 2010 payroll. It's more helpful to look at how often the Indians should reach the playoffs based on their cash outflow.

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We Open the Tomb of the Baseball Prospectus on Thurman Munson and the repercussions of his 1977 trade to the Cleveland Indians.

Dead Player of the Day #22 (Thurman Munson Edition)

Thurman Munson C 1969-1979 (1947-1979)

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Pegging BP's favorites in both leagues, in the standings and for the major awards.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff predictions for the division standings and the major player awards (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division with first-place votes in parentheses, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting. Picking favorites for the Wild Card for the respective leagues initially might have seemed easy, since the selections universally favored the second-place team in the AL East, while all but two voters picked their second-place teams in the NL East to earn the non-division champ playoff team, but a tie in the rankings had to be broken in favor of the team named the Wild Card winner on the most individual ballots, which is sure to upset some people.

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that's been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.). Next to each of these selections we've listed the total number of ballots, followed by the total number of points, and then the number of first-place votes in parentheses, if any were received.

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September 22, 2009 12:31 pm

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Cleveland Indians

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Baseball Prospectus

The Tribe's lost summer leads to the burn-down and build-up of a new ballclub, but is the turnover over?

Baseball Prospectus' Pre-season Projection: 86-76, first place
Current record: 61-88, fifth place


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