Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/7/13
Veteran Presence, Good Game Interesting facts about Raul Ibanez: If Ibanez plays in 53 games this season, he will have played in 2,000 major league games in his career. Last season, while playing for the Yankees, Ibanez finished 24th in the AL MVP voting. There are multiple surprises with this fact, the first is that the results are exact all the way to 24th, the second is that someone felt his lowest amount of plate appearances and lowest batting average since 2001 was worthy of a vote over every other AL candidate. 2013 will be Ibanez’s eleventh season playing for the Seattle Mariners. Let’s avoid facts as much as we can and dive into love and hate for Mr. Ibanez. Love ‘Em 1. Pop Pop In 2007 and 2008, the Seattle Mariners felt that Ibanez was beginning to lose some of his power numbers, recording 21 and 23 home runs, respectively. In hind sight and in relation to the last 4 years in Seattle, those numbers sound great, but Raul has continued to have some power in slightly more limi...
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