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LA Times: Raul Ibanez could be a working-class hero for Angels


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An old pro (age 41) and a pro's pro, new Angels DH Raul Ibanez has impressed teammates with his knowledge and work ethic. He's not ready to age out of baseball.

TEMPE, Ariz. — Ask Raul Ibanez why he's still able to play major league baseball effectively at an age when so many peers are retired or into coaching, and the Angels' new designated hitter responds with a question:vXXjXdts_m8

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I like Ibanez. I think he could provide some much needed player leadership and mentoring. No price can be put on professionalism, work ethic, and good character.

 

Then how do you sign anybody then?

 

Don't you at some point, like, have to put a price on it?  :P

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I think they should have given 24 year old CJ Cron a chance at DH. Anyone can DH. We can cross off Ibanez as a tradable commodity at the deadline.

I'm not sure Cron is ready. A few good Spring Training at bats doesn't mean he's ready for full time at bats at the big league level. 

 

Maybe he can be a platoon partner later in the year at DH. 

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