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Nyjer Morgan charges the mound


(By Wilfredo Lee - AP)


To get everyone in Major League baseball talking about you when you're a marginal leadoff hitter for a last-place team is no small feat. But playing the heel has always required a unique skill-set, and Nyjer Morgan has that talent.

From plowing over one catcher and objecting to his subsequent benching, to being suspended for an engagement with fans, to plowing over another catcher, to cursing out another fan, it's been a fairly eventful few weeks for Mr. Plush. The apex, of course, came Wednesday in Florida, when he was plunked, subsequently stole two bases in a rout, saw a pitch whiz behind his back, charged the mound, throw a few roundhouses, got clothes-lined, and then triumphantly paraded off the field while beating his chest and raising his arms.

"This guy has some serious problems," one of the Marlins announcers says in the MLB.com version of the melee. "If Major League Baseball doesn't do something about Nyjer Morgan, then they're coming up short."

There are a lot of potential words that could be affixed to that act, seen in full below. "Boring" is not one of them.


By Dan Steinberg  |  September 1, 2010; 10:04 PM ET
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Comments

haha Gilbert Arenas isn't this stupid

Posted by: crisco00786 | September 1, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't this supposed to be Elijah Dukes' job?

Posted by: rossfeldman | September 1, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

At least he did not abuse his twitter account

Posted by: CBinDC | September 1, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

we're nyjer fans in the stoat household but i can't defend him tonight. he's way, way out of control.

Posted by: stoat1 | September 1, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I still think any brawls in baseball should be left between the two involved...none of this bench clearing crap. Do it like hockey and prohibit any players on the bench from stepping on the field and, of course, other players on the field as well. After all, we wouldn't want the batter out-numbered in an unfair brawl ;-)

Posted by: michaelaudet | September 1, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

It was bad enough when he consistently proved unable to find the cutoff man and it cost the team run after run and a few games, but now he's not only making the team worse on the field, he's making them look worse off it, too.

Time to move on.

Posted by: Brashnir | September 1, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Stan Kasten should hire the Marlins announcers. Based on their acuusations of Nyjer Morgan, I'd say they are a pair of the larger rectal osculators I have ever heard.

Dibble would have gotten a stiffy watching the fight.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | September 1, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Yay for T. Plush! Two pitches thrown at him was excessive. Nothing wrong with charging the mound after the second one and going after Volstad. And give some props to Pat Listach for standing up for Nyjer by racing to jump on top of Volstad.

Posted by: HonestBroker1 | September 1, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

What's the problem? He got thrown at twice. Is he supposed to just take it? Or is that too uncivilized for modern baseball?

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | September 1, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Nobody I've talked to has ever heard of the no-stealing-after-being-hit rule. Those Marlins announcers really gave the Carpenter-Dibble booth a run for its money in blind homerism.

Posted by: jaycane40oz | September 2, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Baseball is a game of overpaid hotdogs who do what you see in the clip in their dreams and every chance they get. Pass the mustard.

Posted by: SaintJoseph | September 2, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Agree with most of you. Nyjer's had a rough last few months, and probably didn't take well to being hit the first time. Good for him to steal two bags in return. You don't steal when you're far AHEAD, not behind. Marlins announcers are total hometowners and apparently don't know baseball. And by the way, nice punch by Nyjer and nice effort by Listach--never seen a coach dive in like that! This might be the highlight of the Nats season!

Posted by: WillF1 | September 2, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Nyjer is a beast! There's no excuse for throwing at a guy twice. Glad he charged the mound and props for charging Volstad who is 6'8". He definitely plays the game tough. Sanchez is a sissy-- he fought a fight that wasn't his.

Posted by: shalshah | September 2, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Those announcers were hilariously pansified! Must be something in the water down in florida.

Posted by: eyekey416 | September 2, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

How are the Marlins mad that a player is stealing bases in the fourth inning? I don't care what the sore is, IT'S THE FOURTH INNING.

So baseball players are expected to get hit by a pitch, then stop trying to win because they're down 9 runs?

It was lame of Morgan to hit the catcher and miss home plate, but I've got no problem with what he did tonight.

Posted by: McBride33 | September 2, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Nobody and I mean nobody can say Morgan was not in the right to steal bases. Now people will say you should have patience when thrown at. But when thrown at twice, now that stings.

Either way, you should NEVER charge the mound. It is against everything the game is for. Morgan displayed a gross version of the game no matter his reasoning. Morgan was right to be angry, but nobody is ever right to charge. I am personally ashamed as a Nyjer Morgan fan. And this is the lesson I guess I learn from being a Elijah Dukes fan as well

Posted by: JDP_ | September 2, 2010 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Where was that Candy Ass, Rob Dibble?

Getting his fifth free hot dog of the night in the press box?

Posted by: MarkinJC | September 2, 2010 2:38 AM | Report abuse

That video is ridiculous. Mlb.com should take take down at least the audio. The announcers are clueless. As others have said before, that's no unwritten rule against playing hard (in this case stealing a base) when down by a lot.

@JDP_ , what are your thoughts on intentional beanings? Does your disgust over charging the mound extend to purposefully throwing a baseball 90+ mph at someone? Or is that just part of the game? If someone threw at me in back-to-back ABs, I'd be charging right quick.

There's nothing wrong with what Nyjer did tonight, but unfortunately the crazy shouting as he was escorted off the field will be the image stuck in most people's minds.

Posted by: dsyntax | September 2, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Apparently quite a few Nats fans are auditioning for the sequel of "Dumb and Dumber". Morgan separated their catcher's shoulder the night before with no play at the plate AFTER going after the Cardinal's catcher over the weekend. IF he had just gone to first after being hit it WOULD have been over. But no, the one tool phenom decided to start showing up the Marlins again by running. And then there's his fan "issues". He's the best thing ya'll have to play center? Go Braves!!

Posted by: semilost44 | September 2, 2010 3:36 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Nyjer was completely out of line here.. in this particular sequence of events. Catchers are all trained to avoid collisions, and or take them (i.e. Mike Socia)so to say that Nyjer was out of line to take out Hayes in extra innings with the ball game on the line is unfair...after getting hit the first time, for Nyjer to steal two bags... its the game of baseball! Look its the 4th inning and your teams down anyone is trying to get back in the ball game at that point there is plenty of baseball left! Then after several other plunked batters, and a second time getting thrown at...each team knew it was coming. but coming off the field the way he did...well

Posted by: jonnytsmith | September 2, 2010 3:55 AM | Report abuse

By the time the commissioner's office is done with Morgan concerning his Philadelphia and Miami incidents, he likely won't be playing much more baseball this season. He now has a well deserved rep as a hothead with anger issues and the punishment will be swift.

Posted by: CoralGables | September 2, 2010 4:02 AM | Report abuse

Saw the video - made me smile, except for the homey announcers. Look, nobody was hurt, and you do not throw behind someone. Doing that is just like trying to throw a punch. The pitcher swung first, as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by: JHG_sec405 | September 2, 2010 4:12 AM | Report abuse

The no stealing after being hit rule is hilarious.

"He stole second and third!" Sweet Lord, he can't do that!

To top it off, the announcers tried to rationalize the pitch deliberately thrown at the batter as OK because it wasn't thrown at his head. Oh man.

Of course a fine and suspension are probably coming down the pike and deserved for Morgan, but at least he gave the fans their money's worth. More bench clearing brawls would be good for the ratings of baseball snoozefests.

Those announcers would be awesome judges in a Kangaroo Court.

Posted by: JPRS | September 2, 2010 4:35 AM | Report abuse

I'm not the biggest Nyjer Morgan fan but the Florida Marlins announcers were WAY out line for their comments about him.

Let's run down the list...

Morgan is about to get a suspension for throwing a ball into the stands. Even the Philly fans -- THE PHILLY FANS! -- say he didn't do anything wrong.

Nyjer goes out of his way to bump into the opposing catcher -- thus missing the plate -- in a blowout game. Not only is the catcher not hurt, he doesn't even react to the contact during the game. It's not until later that this "incident" is blown all out of proportion by both teams and Morgan sits out the next day for fear of retaliation.

Morgan then bowls-over the catcher on a play at the plate in the 10th inning of a 0-0 game. A play that any baseball fan knows is not only legal, not only acceptable, but is a play expected from someone trying to play hard and win a game. The catcher separates his shoulder on the play. That's too bad. But, to coin a phrase, the catcher needs to "Suck it up". That's how the game is played.

Next night the Marlins feel they have to retaliate against Morgan by hitting him with a pitch. Fine. He gets hit, and takes his base without incident. He then steals second base and third base. So what? The game is out of hand. If any team should be upset it the Nats who need multiple runs, not base-runners risking getting thrown out.

Apparently it's the Marlins who take even more offense at Morgan stealing those bases. Once again, I say "Suck it up". But instead of ending it there, in a game that is out of reach, the Marlins continue to provoke a major incident by once again throwing at Nyjer Morgan. At that point, just about every single player in Baseball would have done exactly what Morgan did when he charged the mound. What do we hear from the Marlins announcers? Railing against the Nats 6-foot, 175 pounds bully going after their poor, defenseless 6-8, 230 pound pitcher.

I've criticized Nyjer Morgan plenty of times for his poor play. But I am 100% behind him for the events of the last week.

FREE NYJER MORGAN!

Kevin Olson
Manassas, VA

Posted by: noslok | September 2, 2010 5:57 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, what is this stuff about not stealing after being hit? Could someone please explain the logic? I'm baffled.

Posted by: fan-o-matic | September 2, 2010 6:02 AM | Report abuse

Hey, this ain't hockey. But, good for Morgan and good for the Nats. Gutsy hustle, don't give up, and don't give in!
Build some character, build some serious gritty ball playing.
It is going to be a donnybrook in Natstown when the fish come to town.
I say start 99-the wild thing! That will get some fried fish on the grill.

Posted by: dorseylaw | September 2, 2010 6:05 AM | Report abuse

What's funny is Morgan charges the pitcher, the pitcher kicked his sorry *ss all by himself. Then the rest of the Marlins came in and did it again, and Morgan is proud of himself.

If you're going to be stupid enough charge the mound, make sure you can actually fight. It was like watching a cream-puff go out there.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | September 2, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse

You want a hurricane, Fish Boys? Hurricane Morgan stole your bases, smacked your smack down and won my sports loving heart. Fish Boy announcers? Grow some gills and cover your panties.

Posted by: xanthem | September 2, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

He may be able to learn from his mistakes but it's hard to re-instill passion for the game by professionals.

Maybe the Nats will start to play with some passion now - it's been seriously missing for a while. That's why they were winning late last season with Nyjer in the line-up.

Posted by: charley42 | September 2, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

If Nyjer Morgan can't play a dignified game of baseball trade him. The question is who would want him?

Posted by: bobbo2 | September 2, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Nyjer just earned a slot on next seasons Dancing With the Stars..... America loves whack jobs.

Posted by: seakeys | September 2, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm from FL and I agree that the announcers were clueless in saying Morgan was disrespectful for stealing bases.
But for all those who say they would charge the pitcher like Morgan, you have some anger issues. And for those citing the brawl as "how the game is played", that's the only part of the game the Nats have going for them. Everyone ignored the 16-10 score and the Nats' losing average. Concentrate on that instead of your performance in baseball brawls.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 2, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like many of these commenters weren't watching the game because they're relying on this video and the comments of the Marlins announcers to formulate their opinions. I'd say don't bother chiming in if you weren't watching the game. Shows you're not a real Nats fan.

Even Ray Knight, not just the Marlins announcers, was saying during the game that it was against some baseball code for Nyjer to be stealing the two bases. Knight and the two Marlins announcers are confused: the Nats were down big time, not winning by 10 runs, when Nyjer stole the bases. Knight is an idiot, and maybe he should be suspended for a few games for showing his ignorance.

People who talk about the dignity of the game and wondering why Nyjer would charge the mound after getting thrown at the second time obviously aren't real baseball fans and know nothing about the game. Nyjer was totally justified for charging the mound. Having said that, I do believe Nyjer has some personal issues, inner demons, he needs to deal w/ because it's been a horrible year performance-wise by Mr. T. Plush.

Posted by: HonestBroker1 | September 2, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Best clothesline since the Longest Yard (1).

Posted by: TheDubb | September 2, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

That clothesline is awesome! What a takedown!

Posted by: temartin | September 2, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I'll bet the pitcher's wife could have beat the cr*p out of Nyjer. Does he have to dress in the women's locker room?

No wonder they were making fun of him in Phily.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | September 2, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Dib's is gone minutes and cream puff Knight is in the house. Talk about the face of an organization. So, Nyjer got his butt kicked, price you pay for some respect. The rest of the Nat's starting wiht Knight .. not willing.

Posted by: tslats | September 2, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Why is he celebrating? He got ROCKED.

That's called losing a fight....

Posted by: trident420 | September 2, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

just heard an interview with the marlins 3rd baseman. "there's a way you play this game." what the h does that mean? that the way you play this game is to throw behind someone after you hit him once already? i'm not one to condone fighting, but if you're talking about playing the game the right way, you should darn well expect some retaliation after throwing at a guy twice. then the 3rd baseman had the nerve to say that it all had something to do with him giving the cardinals catcher a shoulder a few nights ago. i didn't realize the two teams were so close that they stand up for each other. guy sounds like cindy crosby asking for an announcement to stop throwing hats on the ice...cry me a river. and if you don't like him stealing bases maybe you should throw him out.

Posted by: emc7x | September 2, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Hey retards - Before plunking Morgan, which was questionable, but not unexpected, Volstad plunked Nieves and Gonzalez, neither of whom had it coming.

So, Volstad clocks 3 Nats, throws behind Morgan and he's not due an a$$ kicking?

Stick to the sewing circle girls....

Posted by: DesertNat | September 2, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Me thinks Nyjer knows he's got a one-way ticket on the Nook Logan Express and he's making the most of his last few moments t-plushing D.C.

The story about him intentionally hitting the fan in Philly sounded bogus and out of character but his subsequent behavior makes that moot (even though he had a right to steal those two bases AND charge the mound last night).

The cussing at the Florida fan Tuesday and the walkoff chest-thumping last night are the damning evidence that will never disappear from YouTube and desktops in Bob Watson's office.

Unfortunately for Nyjer, he's probably a goner in NatsTown.

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Posted by: dfkgjerojor | September 2, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me. After the second pitch thrown at him he should have charged the mound. This is baseball not little league. Good for you Nyger.

Posted by: Wizfan4ever | September 2, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me. After the second pitch thrown at him he should have charged the mound. This is baseball not little league. Good for you Nyjer.

Posted by: Wizfan4ever | September 2, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, you just can't let them throw at you again. I guess they felt he was still being too uppity when he stole second and third. Had to put him back in his place in the 6th. Well, you just can't let that keep going on without some consequences.

The Nats need to be a tougher team. I'm glad they sent Sanchez a message too. I'm sure this offends the casual DC fans who are more concerned with the on-air talent than the actual game of baseball. It's a step forward for the organization though.

Posted by: LouLewis | September 2, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Oh, brother. Why don't they save time and just measure their dicks?

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | September 2, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

is this the idiot who threw his glove down on the warning track when the ball was kicking around center field against the orioles this summer?

I hope his parents have some money becuase he is going to be out of a job soon.

Posted by: dummypants | September 2, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Nyjer got clocked. What a punk....

Posted by: pgchustla | September 2, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Elijah Dukes was DFA'd for way less crazy (on the field) than this.

Posted by: jbanks979 | September 2, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Nyjer got his clock cleaned. I'm surprised his head didn't bobble off his shoulders. Cleaned! Decked. Knocked on his arse. Serves him right. Now how about suspending him so the Nats don't look any more foolish than they already do.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | September 2, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Nyjer got what was coming to him. It's too bad the second pitch didn't hit him too. He needs to be released before he gets any of his teamates hurt, either during brawls or for retaliation against his stupid antics.

This guy is a PUNK.

Posted by: deepak_kalpoe | September 2, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I love Nyjer Morgan. Glad to see the team is getting some cojones. And it was great how Riggleman supported him.

Posted by: bethesdaguy | September 2, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

And Sanchez is a punk with a cheap shot. Probably claimed he was "protecting" his pitcher like Don Brashear or something. I hope he tore up his shoulder with that.

Posted by: bethesdaguy | September 2, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Morgan should be suspended for the rest of this season and all of next season,
But what no one is talking about is How Riggleman has let this guy get away with this all year, MLB should suspend Riggleman and the Nats should fire his butt,

Posted by: lmnovak13 | September 2, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Gaby may have gotten a good lick on Nyjer, but not before T. Plush landed a semi-decent blow against Volstad. Plus, Nyjer got back up and was still ticking, despite Gaby's good lick. Pretty good toughness for a slightly built, 5'10" guy.

Still don't know why Nats fans would be celebrating Nyjer getting clocked by Gaby on this comment board. Why ya rooting against Nyjer? And if they're going to fire Dibble for offering his opinion on Strasburg BEFORE he knew about the serious ligament injury, then Ray Knight should be punished for ignorantly saying Nyjer should not have stolen those two bases when there's was still plenty of time in the game to make a comeback. For the sake of consistency and fairness, Ray Knight should follow Dibble out the door.

Posted by: HonestBroker1 | September 2, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Nyjer is a sissy for charging a guy nearly a foot taller than him.

Namecalling from your cubicle about people you wouldn't have the balls to even make eye contact with makes you a tough guy.

Got it.

Posted by: bryc3 | September 2, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I think Morgan has little man syndrome. when he slammed his glove down after missing a ball. I've coached 10 yr. olds that don't throw tantrums and act like an idiot. Oh-- what a great punch. barely grazed the side of his head. Seems like he can only hit someone when they are not looking. (aka. 2 catchers)
Poor little guy. give him a bottle and put him down for a nap.

Posted by: pins1953 | September 2, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

michaelaudet,

Can't work that way because teams don't want their pitchers hurting their hands. So they'll run out to defend every time.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | September 2, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Out of all the things Nyjer has done recently - I don't have a problem with him charging the mound.

Throw at him twice? You stand up for yourself.....

Posted by: CF11555 | September 2, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Why are all you mollies whining about Morgan charging the mound when you should be out shopping and finding sales?

Posted by: GFisher1 | September 2, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Nyjer had every right to charge the mound after being targeted a second time. The Marlins 1b got in a blindside shot, and that was kinda cheap. At least in hockey they let them settle it on the field.

Posted by: Natstural | September 2, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Wait...so those that defend Nyjer charging the mound attack Gaby for clotheslining him. A fight is a fight-you play dirty if you have to. The second you start a fight all bets are off. Why get so angry about the second ball? He didn't get hit. All this discussion of teaching the Marlins' pitcher discipline is dumb.
Though I have to say although I think starting a fight is dumb, I completely feel Piazza would be justified in attacking Clemens after Clemens threw a piece of bat back at him. :/
I guess the only thing Nats fans are proud of is Nyjer charging the mound. Too bad the point of baseball is to win a game-Nats lost the game by 6 runs!

Posted by: jiji1 | September 2, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Morgan was okay charging the mound after they threw at hims the second time. And for Florida to be whining about his base stealing? Get them a pacifier. By the way, Pete Rose made a career out of the style of play that Morgan is exhibiting now. But now such play is politically incorrect, apparently.

Posted by: poguesmahone | September 2, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

@semilost44 and who's the best you have at CF, Nate McLouth? or Rick Ankiel? .165 and .247 avg, 14 and 22 RBI along with their hearty 6 total SB and 3 CS between the both of them...don't talk about our CF being bad

Posted by: Back2Bullets | September 2, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"I love Nyjer Morgan. Glad to see the team is getting some cojones. And it was great how Riggleman supported him."

Come on, Riggleman is so tired of Nyjer's sad act. And half of the players on the Nats bench were probably thrilled to see Sanchez clothesline him.

As Ken Davidoff of Newsday pointed out, "Morgan put up a 2.0 WAR in just 49 games with Washington last year. This season, in 116 games? -1.5." Some trade, huh?

Posted by: jason_epstein | September 2, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"But now such play is politically incorrect, apparently."

Funny, I don't recall Pete Rose attempting to steal bases out of spite with his team down 11 in the sixth inning. Nyjer was simply being selfish. Riggleman should have removed him out of the game then and there.

Posted by: jason_epstein | September 2, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

If Rob Dibble is going to get fired for criticizing Stephen Strasburg, then Ray Knight should at least get suspended, or possibly fired, for criticizing Nyjer Morgan for stealing two bases in the fourth inning of last night's game. It was still very early in the game, and the Nats had a chance to stage a comeback. Nyjer was helping his team by stealing and scoring a run. How was scoring a run being selfish, Jason Epstein?

For consistency sake, either suspend or fire Ray Knight for criticizing Morgan and showing his ignorance about baseball.

Posted by: HonestBroker1 | September 2, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

For those defending Nyjer, you realize this is not an isolated incident, right? He may have felt justified in charging the mound, but truth is this situation would have never occurred if he hadn't acted like such a jack@ss previously.

Nyjer is a repeat offender and deserves no leniency.

Posted by: deepak_kalpoe | September 2, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"How was scoring a run being selfish, Jason Epstein?"

The team needed 11 runs with only four innings left, HonestBroker1, not just one. If he had been thrown out, do you *really* think no one would have given him grief?!?

You are way naive to think that Morgan was thinking of the team in that situation. He was acting like a spoiled brat. And a -1.5 WAR spoiled brat at that!

Posted by: jason_epstein | September 2, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Everyone seems to be "piling on" Nyjer now (no pun intended), & he probably needs some anger management education for SOME of his behavior, but let's ask a planet-wide star who has crosssed the line once or twice about it:
#1: "Mr. Ovechkin, what to you think of the Nyjer hit on Hayes at home plate?"
#2: "Do you ever use your anger towards the other team to help motivate you to play even better?"
I believe I know the answers.
At the higherst level of pro sports, it's a fine line between maximum legal aggression & reckless endangerment. Here's hoping Nyjer now has a better understanding....

Posted by: dspenard11 | September 3, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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