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Let's face it, the real story is at the bottom of the page, "LITTLE CAESARS TO ROLL OUT BACON-WRAPPED DEEP DISH PIZZA". That's some good reporting right there.

4 days, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-market-bat-richards-outstanding-bullpen-session.html

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Better get some Neosporin for the burn Dave Schoenborn gave Alex Yarbrough in the Spring Invitees list, "Alex Yarbrough is supposedly a prospect -- and the Angels need a second baseman -- but he struck out 124 times while drawing just 33 walks and hitting five home runs in Double-A". "Supposedly"? Ouch!

4 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/handicapping-angels-second-base-competition.html

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That "Richards doesn't have to be back on day one" thing is nice and all but maybe they shouldn't even be planning for the second time through the rotation. Maybe something more like 2-4 weeks after day one would be more realistic. This torn patella thing is pretty much uncharted waters for a pitcher and the only position player I can think of (Pedro Guerrero) seemed to have a wee bit of trouble upon his return. Anyway, how about we not get our hopes up too much? Pinpointing a date seems like a recipe for heartbreak (worse: further injury). Things go wrong. Ask Ryan Madsen.

5 days, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-hamilton-miss-additional-month-angels-dont-intend-restart-stadium-talks.html

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OK, Alex Yarborough. I might be more in on him except for watching him take one off the shoulder and just standing there MF'ing himself while the ball bounced about 20 feet to his 8 o'clock. The right fielder had to run in to get it. Yeah, he was just a kid then. Last season.


At least Dave ALWAYS points out his love for his childhood team, be it in print, TV or podcast. I still can't figure out what drives Jim Bowden. Weirdness for the sake of drumming up hits?


Eighth. Eighth is fine. I like undervalued stocks. I bought AAPL at $15 for my son when he was born. Now I want to slap the little bastard.


How could the Rangers have gotten any better? They didn't let the Angels overpay any of their soon-to-decline free agents this off-season.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-interested-hector-olivera-richards-cleared-throw-mound.html

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Glorious words, too, from Alden Gonzalez, "Angels starter Garrett Richards ran with his full body weight for the first time on Tuesday, then did it again on Wednesday."

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-comeback-trail-adding-youth-veteran-core.html

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I don't know. That "worst signing" thing is a pretty close call. How about this? We force the Angels to declare they will never sign another free agent away from the Rangers? Those have not heralded a very good return on investment.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-financial-flexibility-richards-runs-unassisted.html

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Here's a good point, from Dave Schoenfeld's article Who's better: Angels or Dodgers? Remember that 2008 would have been Rollins' (let's call it) age 27 season.


Shortstop: Erick Aybar versus Jimmy Rollins

I don't know, 36-year-old shortstops worry me. Plus this: The last season Rollins had a higher WAR than Aybar was 2008. 



3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-still-need-josh-hamilton-grading-angels-offseason.html

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It's entirely possible that, since we see Aybar every day, we have come to take him for granted. He does look pretty good next to some of the shortstops we see on other teams.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-still-need-josh-hamilton-grading-angels-offseason.html

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Wow! Who is going to be the token right-hander in the starting rotation in a few years? Garret Richards? There should be a quota for such things. No, wait. I'M left-handed. Can't go against my peeps. I'd see this as, maybe, future stockpiling of trade material. If they are all good enough to help the Angels, so much the better.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/angels-prospect-sean-newcomb-2015.html

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Also of note is that Anthony Castrovince thinks the Angels had one of the three most underrated off-seasons. Of course, he thinks the Astros were also one of the three. Still, not a bad showing from East Coast Bias Central.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-sign-herrmann-stewart-baldoquin-coming-training-camp.html

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"Seeing one, much less two, Angel prospects on any kind of top 10 list is something I’m not used to."


True. Prepare for TJ surgery on both but not until both have been called up so their Service Clock starts. Then probably a couple of drug rehabs/suspensions so the Angels get no use from them at all and some other teams reap the benefits. That sounds about right.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-trade-destination-strasburg-mccutchen-better-trout.html

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This ought to get the villagers riled up, but it shouldn't. Dave Schoenfield comments on Eric Karabell's top 20 fantasy players:


"Mike Troutis No. 1. No surprise there, although it's worth noting that his stolen bases have dropped from 49 to 33 to 16. Has he lost his speed? Stopped running soAlbert Pujolsdoesn't have to take pitches? Stopped running to preserve his legs? Whatever the issue, his days as even a 30-steal guy may be gone. Also, as pitchersdiscovered his weakness on high fastballs, he declined from .310/.400/.606 in the first half to .257/.347/.502."

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-avoid-arbitration-santiago-ramos-butera.html

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Just from seeing him, and there's no way I can quantify this, I'd think his problem is bat speed. Dude looks like he's swinging underwater. My impression was that he was late on everything trying to decide what the pitch was. Overthinking? If he did get out in front of one it was because he was guessing and was a little off on either location or speed of the pitch, resulting in that weak grounder. That was my impression and I seriously doubt this can be fixed. The hits I saw were those grounders that got through, not a sharply hit liner.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/angels-prospects-kaleb-cowart-2015.html

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"We don’t know the nature of the back injury," which is worrisome. Why would that be a state secret? I searched around last season to find out why he wasn't playing but found nothing. Seems odd this info would be buried.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/angels-prospect-hunter-green-2015.html

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I agree there should be more trading of prospects. Not sure anybody ever got fired for trading a kid who later became a star (and most stars were traded at some point as kids). They are just such a crapshoot at an early age. But it's worth a try if you feel vulnerable in a certain area. Like third base. Nobody will be saying a thing when Sanchez has his first TJ surgery at 21.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-scouting-kubitza-hyatt-krauss-designated-assignment.html

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Thirrrrrd! But only because I don't know if Green has the reactions for the hot corner. If the Angels see it differently, I might be happier with the reverse. If Green is up to it, Fedderson seems like he might actually be the better second baseman. This is a race that will be fun to watch. I'll have to find the bandwidth to watch more spring training and early season games live.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/angels-prospects-taylor-featherston.html

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"I’d rather let them give Heaney and Tropeano real shots at the rotation rather than committing money and a roster spot to a known mediocre veteran like Colon or Niese."


+1 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/angels-news-angels-show-interest-scherzer-shields-mcdonald-retires.html

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Mr. Huff is correct, Freese is just average. I was never enamored of him in St. Louis, even as the darling of the Series. He seems like sort of a placeholder until a real starter comes along. Still, he looks better than the wife beater they had at third before him. It would be nice if he played well this season. I'd like him to play well this season. But I still think we could get about the same thing from one of the kids. Oh, well. Batter up!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/david-freese-does-not-suck.html

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Didn't get to see him throw last season. Can't wait to see him in action in the upcoming season. Those were some pretty gaudy numbers he put up in the Texas League, North.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/la-angels-prospects-trevor-gott.html

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Shocking. Could it be they are not HoF worthy? Just trying to think outside the box here. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/2002-angels-hall-of-fame.html

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2014 was the best year ever for MWaH. The writing was crisp and concise, with a hint of the grassiness baseball needs such as a good Virginia Burley might add to a pipe tobacco. I'm going to take a moment here to remind you of one of the prime reason's I feel the blog has now reached new heights. I know you have hated on me in the past for reminding you of this but if the results remain as good as (or even better than) 2014 I will be content that I have done my job. In the interest of brevity I know I will sound like a shit once again but the idea is for you to remember this point.


Nobody cares about your brilliant insights into politics. Or societal problems. This is a baseball blog and we come here to read about baseball. There are actual experts we go to on the subject of politics so suppress the self-aggrandizement just so one Commenter will write, "Yeah, man, the Right sucks!" I realize we all have a message inside us we feel is so important we must share with the world but the topic here is the Angels so let's keep it the Angels. There is no point in pissing off, literally, one half of your potential readership.


There were a couple of slips last year and I waited to see if this would become a trend again but, fortunately, it didn't so I felt no pressing need to call you on it. This year I probably will in the interest of refining your part-time craft so that it might become a full-time craft. Actually, I'm doing this because I so enjoy your basic writing style and message (on baseball).


In summary, you are brilliant when writing about baseball. Let's keep it that way. Write like a pro, not an Internet blogger. You have shown you are capable of it.


ps, I've said it before but mixing up old timey sayings is something that really hacks me off about younger announcers. It shows a lack of understanding of the meaning/etymology of the expression and results in a diminution in what the person is trying to say. You've improved quite a bit in this area, too. If I read a mistake here I'll continue pointing it out. Please don't take it personally.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2015-articles/la-angels-news-inside-angels-front-office-number-crunchers.html

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"The Halos are far more committed to getting their young arms into the rotation rather than trying to squeeze one more year out of a declining veteran."


As they should be. Most of the kids they got are at or near an age where it's time for a little baptism under fire.


"Bowden is just a shill and likes to lump in as many options as he can." 


Very MSM of him, as usual. No, wait, as ALWAYS! Total media whore. I'm a little surprised he didn't throw a gratuitous and pandering "I can't breathe" in there. He'll write anything for a few more hits.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-haren-hoping-for-a-trade-to-angels-anaheim-a-potential-landing-spot-for-shields.html

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Jeez, look at that arm position! Does he throw the Mark Eichhorn Frisbee™ pitch, as trademarked by Bob Starr? It could have been an altered slider, I guess. If so, velocity will not be the issue.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/la-angels-prospects-countdown-22-jeremy-rhoades.html

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I have to say that Bandy looks way older than 24, facially. He looked really good behind the plate, too, for such a big dude. Very polished for AA, so I thought he was one of these guys I'd never heard of who had been on ML rosters and was sent down to AA to be kind of a player coach. Maybe to try to save Sappington's career or fix something with Bedrosian or whatever, Crash Davis-style. His bat looked much healthier/quicker than Cowart's too so at 24, hell yes, it's pretty close to time to bring him up.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/prospects-countdown/la-angels-prospects-jett-bandy.html

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"Metaphor Inception"? That's a sin. *Ding*!

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/jerry-dipoto-metaphor-mixmaster.html

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Don't worry about the loss of Diaz. He will go on to be hammered in Colorado as every pitcher is, lose all confidence, and will never realize any potential he may have had. As for Rutledge being replacement value: that's what he should be as a utility infielder. All is well. Do not become cynical.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-grading-the-winter-meetings-hamilton-needs-to-step-up.html

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I'll be the first to mention Cowart. As in, it's time to move on from even considering him. As I believe DiPoto has done. He has...wait for it..."options" now. I already said that I like the idea of using Green at second to see if he can hack it and using Featherston as utility this season to give him a taste might help him prepare to try third in '16. Or, if Green can't handle second they could try Featherston there in '16 or even stretches of '15. Having options is fun!


Also, having an apparent glut of pitching is fun! I like this DiPoto guy! He's, you know, excitin'! But it would be sad to see Wilson go. He has a nice car dealership in Oxnard. Even though I own no Mazda product, they make a nice car. I'd like my wife to look at the Mazda 6 when she finally decides to unload this lemon of a Lexus. OK, that has nothing to do with baseball so let's ship him off. I hear many teams are looking for pitching and I'm all about giving the young players a chance. Hell, if Freese has any value, send him off, too. OK, that might be too much youth in too many places at once. But I never understood the fascination with Freese and I really think the Angels view him as "stopgap", anyway, so maybe his loss wouldn't hurt  that much.


OK, let's start the season!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-winter-meetings-recap.html

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And why would we care, said the Los Angeles resident.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/who-moves-to-los-angeles.html

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"Kentrail is vey popular for American babies name and its popularity ranking is very high in all the years ranging from 2010, 2011 , 2012 and 2013. Kentrail is not a popular first name but a very popular surname or last name for all people." So...maybe it's his mom's family name? His middle name is Latron so there's Disney scifi movie fans in the family. Just be glad there are no apostrophes thrown in there.


I'm voting they give first shot at second to Green. Let's find out what he can do. They traded for him so why not get some use out of him? I'd rather they tried him at third but I'd also never take the bet that Beckham will hit better all of a sudden. Rutledge can back up.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-angels-not-done-getting-better-scouting-taylor-featherston.html

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I'll miss Howie and maybe this will help me get over the McCourt years where I essentially forgot about the team I grew up watching. But maybe this move, along with the Rutledge trade, makes the Angels better overall. They will certainly lose production at second but the additional pitching is always welcome and it shows that Jerry knows he has to get younger around the diamond while those expensive stars age. Overall, I like it even though I'm a little depressed at the moment.


Maybe I won't get over it that quickly. Still missing all those years in March where I could turn on the Dodgers game at 10am and then switch to the Angels at noon. I was my favorite month by far. Stupid night exhibition games.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/trade-alert-howie-kendrick-traded-to-dodgers-for-andrew-heaney.html

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Sound familiar? Hell, yes, it sounds familiar. Early Joe Blanton. I stopped reading after that question.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/

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Anybody with a 3B after their name would be nice. I could be way off base here but I seem to remember that in addition to an inability to hit, Cowart takes a long time to load up for the throw to first. Or anywhere for that matter. If he starts pitching again I'd guess he would be a human rain delay of Rich Gale-ian proportions. Of course, my memory on this could be completely wrong, too. I was pretty disgusted with the slow motion swing and misses he was taking (not to mention weak ground balls) so I may have also been hyper-critical about everything else he did.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/

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But...how often does everything go according to plan?


I'd guess his nickname will be Mr. D'Arby. But only if a teammate wants to admit to reading Jane Austen.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-beckham-and-leblanc-officially-non-tendered-angels-banking-on-pitching-depth.html

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Twenty-three and already in decline. Sad. Well, you know what they say: After twenty-one it's patch, patch, patch.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-angels-cant-afford-moncada-is-trout-already-in-decline.html

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Bill James addresses my exact concerns about WAR. It may be useful, but is it the end-all? Obviously not, with all the other systems available. Nice that The Monkey usually brings in about three systems for comparison. But are they the right systems?


"Well, my math skills are limited and my data-processing skills are essentially nonexistent. The younger guys are way, way beyond me in those areas. I’m fine with that, and I don’t struggle against it, and I hope that I don’t deny them credit for what they can do that I can’t. 

"But because that is true, I ASSUMED that these were complex, nuanced, sophisticated systems. I never really looked; I just assumed that the details were out of my depth. But sometime in the last year I was doing some research that relied on these WAR systems, so I took a look at them, and ... they’re not very impressive. They’re not well thought through; they haven’t made a convincing effort to address many of the inherent difficulties that the undertaking presents. They tend to get so far into the data, throw up their arms and make a wild guess. I don’t know if I’m going to get the time to do better of it, or if it will be left to others, but ... we’re not at anything like an end point here. I assumed that these systems were a lot better than they actually are."

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-mike-trout-voted-unanimous-al-mvp-yankees-inquire-on-howie-kendrick-trade.html

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Woo hoo! The Angels sign Pestano! I've been a big fan since he was with the Indians and enjoyed his work with the Angels last season. Of course, this means he will now take an equally big dump next season.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-angels-interested-in-trade-for-saunders-sign-rp-jeremy-mcbryde.html

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About that "win-win" article on the trade with Houston, "they [the Angels] trade from a position of depth"? Nothing in the minors and they have depth? The sentence just stuck me as odd.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-trout-wins-silver-slugger-blue-jays-howie-kendrick-trade-rumor.html

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Why would it be a big deal to have a prospect at 3A? 3A is just a parking lot for has-been insurance policies for the big club. The real talent has been at 2A for years now.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-trout-wins-silver-slugger-blue-jays-howie-kendrick-trade-rumor.html

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Yes, let's not invoke the Uggla for fear of jinxing ourselves. And don't summon anything you can't banish. It better be a rock-solid deal or just keep Howie.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-richards-on-track-in-recovery-howie-kendrick-trade-possibilities.html

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Luckily, I never saw Skaggs pitch and I'll avoid him in the future. I don't think I could take another Rich Gale. 

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/questioning-tyler-skaggs-2014-season.html

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Wow! That's great! Throw him in a trade while he has some value.


I'm not buying in. He still can't pitch well with men on and especially with inherited men on base. And, yes, I do realize I have no statistical evidence to back that up, just the anecdotal evidence of my horrifying memories of him coming in to those situations.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/questioning-kevin-jepsens-2014-season.html

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Weaver could be a good example of how we'd rather trade him "a year too soon than a year too late." Of course, that was REALLY true last off season. I'd have to call us lucky he rebounded a little this season; maybe he could be worth a little more in trade or somebody could be conned into thinking it's OK to take on his full salary.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/questioning-jered-weavers-2014-season.html

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OK, I know lipstick when I see it on a pig. Saying Coward had a better second half is like saying the Italian navy had a better second half of WWII. It would be great if the kid could turn it around but there's looking on the bright side and there's just plain crazy.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/la-angels-news-trout-wins-hank-aaron-award-joe-maddon-unlikely-to-return-to-anaheim.html

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