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Raul Ibanez: Writing His Own Legacy in Philadelphia

Published by on April 30, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

When the Phillies made it official that Pat Burrell would not return to Philadelphia, there was a huge void to fill in left field—both in the clubhouse and the stands as well.

Enter Raul Ibanez.

The Phillies signed Ibanez to a three-year deal this past winter to replace a fan-favorite—who by the way, the Phillies had plenty of chances to resign.

Not only did Ibanez have to replace Burrell, but he needed to replace his numbers as well.

With Burrell out of the lineup, the Phils lost a 30 home run, 100 RBI-guy and the only big threat in the lineup that was a natural right-handed at-bat.  With Ibanez, the Phillies were getting a 20-25 home run, 100-RBI guy from the left side of the pl...

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