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Mature King Felix ready to reign

Originally Published: June 26, 2009
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

SEATTLE -- As Louis the XVI said -- or at least as he said in Mel Brooks' "History of the World: Part I" -- it's good to be the king. Of course, most monarchs break in by gaining valuable experience as a prince first: taxing the citizens, bedding young maidens, slaying dragons, poisoning older siblings, that sort of thing. It's another matter entirely to learn on the job while still a teenager as Felix Hernandez did.

Hernandez reached the majors at age 19 in August 2005 with the "King ...

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