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Examining Ibanez's career year at 37

Are there "baseball" reasons to explain his success? History, stats say yes

Originally Published: June 16, 2009
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- He has spent the past week thrashing his way through a storm he never saw coming.

One day, Raul Ibanez was one of the best stories in baseball, a guy who could never crack a lineup in his 20s, then escaped that witness-protection program also known as the Seattle Mariners to become an MVP candidate in Philadelphia at age 37.

And then, just as this inspirational tale was gathering steam, the hurricane crashed through his door.

Then Raul Ibanez ...

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