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The Atlanta Braves franchise is one of the oldest continuously operating professional sports franchises in America. The Braves franchise has both a rich and diverse baseball history that encompasses significant contributions and achievements from many Hispanic Americans. The contributions of our Hispanic American Braves players are not only significant to the history of the organization, but also to Braves fans. These contributions embody integrity, respect, teamwork, strong tradition and passion for the game of baseball.

Braves in the news
Dreams come true for Escobar
Yunel Escobar is often reluctant to talk about his escape from Cuba. Some of the memories still haunt him. Full story »


Martinez's legacy not without obstacles
Dennis Martinez, barely hanging on at age 43, won just four games for the Atlanta Braves in 1998. One of them, though, was the most significant of his long and distinguished career. Full story »

Franco back in the bigs
Fresh off his mini-tour of the Minor Leagues, Julio Franco rejoined the Braves on Saturday with the intent of proving a 49-year-old man can make a difference in a pennant race.
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Perez adjusting to coaching role Eddie Perez had an 11-year career spent primarily with the Braves. Now the bullpen coach with Atlanta, Perez has seen his role change drastically, and he is still warming to the change.
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Carty still loves the Braves
As Rico Carty made a visit to Turner Field on April 12 for the 40th anniversary celebration of the Braves' inaugural season in Atlanta, he had a good idea what to expect. Full story »

Lopez enjoyed happy homecoming
Javy Lopez left Puerto Rico to make his name in baseball. But it was a return to his native island that brought the catcher his most memorable game. Full story »

DANNY BAUTISTA (1997-1998)

In 1950, in his first season in the Majors, Jethroe hit .273 with 18 home runs 58 and runs batted. His 35 stolen bases were enough to lead the National League. He stole 35 bases again in 1951 and, once again, led the National League. In 1952, problems seemed to set in for Jethroe. All of his numbers tumbled and the rumors were that he had vision problems. There were also rumors that he was really older than his listed age. Sam posted a .261 batting average with 49 home runs and 181 RBIs in 440 games with the Braves.   bio »

RAFAEL BELLIARD (1991-1998)

Rafael Leonidas Belliard Matias was born on October 24, 1961, in Pueblo Nuevo, Valverde, Dominican Republic. Belliard is a former major league backup shortstop who batted and threw right-handed. Belliard was 20 years old when he made his major league debut on September 6, 1982, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Belliard played for Pittsburgh 1982-1990 and the Atlanta Braves 1991-1998. Rafael was traded to the Braves in 1991 for their breakout National League Champion year and he was a big part of the 1995 Atlanta Braves World Series Championship team. Belliard appeared twice in the National League Top Ten in sacrifice his in 1986 and 1992. Despite playing in the majors for 17 seasons, he only had two career home runs, but he was known for above average bunting ability and quick glove. He is now the infield coach for the Detroit Tigers. His cousin, Ronnie Belliard, currently plays for the Washington Nationals.   bio »

JUAN BERENGER (1991-1992)

Juan threw 97.2 innings out of the bullpen for the Braves, helping them capture the first two of 14 division titles in a row. While pitching for Atlanta in 1991, Berenguer suffered an odd off-field injury. While home wrestling with his kids on an off day, he broke his pitching arm and missed the rest of the season, also missing out on the Braves' run to the World Series that year.   bio »

WILSON BETEMIT (2001,2004-2006)

Wilson Antonio Betemit was born November 2, 1981 in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a 1996 graduate of Juan Bautista Safra High School in Santo Domingo, where he played baseball. The Atlanta Braves signed the right-handed, switch hitter, third-baseman as an amateur free agent in 1996. He made his major league debut on September 18, 2001. Betemit was the youngest player in the National League in 2001 at the age of 19. Wilson remained with the Braves organization till July 28, 2006, when he was traded to the Dodgers for relief pitcher Danys Baez and infielder Willy Aybar.   bio »

HENRY BLANCO (2002-2003)

Spent his final season with the Braves, posting a career-best .996 fielding percentage ... appeared in 55 games ... had a season-high 3 RBI July 10 at Chicago ... tied his career high when he notched 3 hits July 20 vs. New York ... doubled and drove in a pair of runs ... committed just 1 error in 281 total chances ... participated in 4 double plays.  bio »

PEDRO BORBON (1992-1996)

Pedro Felix Borbón Marte was born on November 15, 1967, in Mao, Valverde, Dominican Republic. He is a former major league left handed mainly relief pitcher who batted right handed. Pedro played in the majors for nine seasons; he played for the Atlanta Braves, 1992-1996, the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1999, the Toronto Blue Jays 2000-2002, the Houston Astros in 2002 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 2003. Borbón was signed as an un-drafted free agent out of Ranger Junior College in 1988 by the Chicago White Sox and was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on October 2, 1992, with the Atlanta Braves. Borbón's father, Pedro Borbón was also a major league pitcher who played from 1969-1980.   bio »

FRANCISCO CABRERA (1989-1993)

Francisco Cabrera was born on Monday, October 10, 1966, in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic. Cabrera was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 24, 1989, with the Toronto Blue Jays. Cabrera was best known for hitting the single that scored Sid Bream in game 7 of the 1992 NLCS to win the game and send the Braves to the World Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Cabrera was awarded the Key to the city of Atlanta for that base hit.  bio »

RICO CARTY (1963 - 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972)

Rico Carty was born on September 1, 1939, in San Pedro de Macoris, Macoris, Dominican Republic. Carty was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 15, 1963, with the Milwaukee Braves. Rico was second in voting for National League Rookie of the Year in 1964, and played in the MLB All-Star Game in 1970. Along with the Braves, Rico played for the Rangers, Cubs, Athletics, Indians, and Blue Jays.   bio »

VINNY CASTILLA (1991-1992,2002-2003)

Vinny Castilla Soria was born on July 4, 1967, in Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico. Castilla was a major league third baseman who both batted and threw right-handed. The Atlanta Braves purchased Vinny in March 1990 from Saltillo (Mexican League) and was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 1, 1991, with the Braves. Castilla played with the Braves from 1991-1992 and 2002-2003, the Colorado Rockies from 1993-1999, 2004 and 2006, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2000-2001, the Houston Astros in 2001, the Washington Nationals in 2005 and the San Diego Padres in 2006. Castilla decided to retire after the Caribbean Series on February 7. 2007. Castilla was a member of the inaugural Colorado Rockies team that joined Major League Baseball in 1993 and he helped lead the Rockies to their only playoffs appearance in 1995. Castilla saw his best years while wearing a Colorado uniform. Castilla was a National League All-Star in 1995 and 1998 and a three time Silver Slugger award winner in 1995, 1997 and 1998. Vinny led the National League is RBIs in 2004 and led the league in games played (162) in 1998. Castilla joined teammates Andrés Galarraga and Ellis Burks as just the second trio of 40-homer teammates in Major League Baseball history in 1996 and that same year he joined Galarraga, Burks and Danta Bichette as only the third 100-RBI team-quartet in Major League history. Castilla hit his 300th career home run in 2005 while playing for the Washington Nationals.  bio »

ORLANDO CEPEDA (1969 - 1972)

Orlando Cepeda was born on September 17, 1937, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Cepeda was signed as an undrafted free agent on January 1, 1955, and was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1958, with the San Francisco Giants. That year he won the Rookie of the Year Award in the National League. Orlando was an All-Star in 1959-1964, and once again in 1967. He was a World Champion in 1967 with the St. Louis Cardinals and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1999. Along with the Giants, Braves, and Cardinals, Cepeda also played for the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals.   bio »

ROMAN COLON (2004-2005)

Resides in Monte Cristi, DR during the off-season...In 16 appearances for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League following the 2003 season, he finished 0-2 with a 3.28 ERA (24.2IP/9ER)...Pitched for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League following the 2004 season, posting a 0-1 record, 3.38 ERA (13.1IP/5ER) and one save in 11 outings...Finished 0-1 with a 3.57 ERA (22.2IP/9ER) and 24 strikeouts in six games for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League following the 2005 season.   bio »

JOHNNY ESTRADA (2003-2005)

Johnny Pulada Estrada, III was born June 27, 1976 in Hayward, California. Johnny is a 1994 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Fresno, and he attended Fresno City College. He is a 1997 graduate of College of the Sequoias with a degree in Recreation. He played Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball before he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 17th round of the 1997 amateur draft. Estrada is a right-handed thrower who plays catcher and is a switch hitter. Estrada made his big league debut on May 15, 2001 with the Phillies. He played for Philadelphia from 2001-2002, the Atlanta Braves form 2003-2005, the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006 and is currently with the Milwaukee Brewers. Took part in "Baseballers Against Drugs" free clinic for inner city kids and served as Honorary Chairman for MS READaTHON, a program in which kids are awarded Phillies tickets for reading books in 2001...During the 2004 holiday season, Johnny spent an afternoon signing autographs in exchange for blankets at the Atlanta Braves Foundations' Winter Blanket Drive; the blankets were donated to Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless...Signed by Mark Ralston. Personal Expression Johnny wears his socks "high" in honor of Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk. The "No Drugs" stitched on Johnny's chest protector is a way to spread his anti-drugs message.  bio »

JULIO FRANCO (2001 - 2005, 2007)

Julio Cesar Franco was born Julio Cesar Robels Franco, on August 23, 1985 in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic. He graduated from Divine Providence High School (San Pedro de Macoris) in 1978 where he played baseball and basketball. Franco was signed as an amateur free agent in 1978 by the Philadelphia Phillies. He made his major league debut on April 23, 1982 with the Phillies. He played with Philadelphia in 1982,the Cleveland Indians 1983-88, 1996-97, the Texas Rangers 1989-93, the Chicago White Sox 1994, the Chiba Lotte Marines (Japan) 1995 & 1998, the Milwaukee Brewers 1997, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1999, the Samsung Lions (South Korea) 2000, the Angelopolis Tigers (Mexico City) 2001, the Atlanta Braves 2001-2005 and he began his career with the New York Mets in 2006. Julio Franco became a United States citizen in October of 1991. Some of Franco's hobbies include weightlifting, swimming, yoga, pilates, and basketball. Franco has made three All-Star game appearances (1989-91) and was named the All-Star Game MVP in 1990. He led the AL in batting average in 1991 (.341) and at-bats in 1984 (658). Twice Julio has hit over .400 in the Mexican League; he hit .423 in 1999 and .437 in 2000. Franco is the oldest player to hit a Grand Slam at age 47 in 2005, he is the oldest regularly-playing non-pitcher player in MLB history (age 48) and he had compiled over 4,200 hits in his 26-year professional career.   bio »

RAFAEL FURCAL (2000-2005)

Rafael Antoni Furcal was born October 24, 1977 in Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic. He attended Jose Cabrera High School in the D.R. where he played baseball and basketball. Furcal was signed as an amateur free agent in 1996 by the Atlanta Braves. Rafael is a right handed, switch hitter, who plays short stop and made his major league debut on April 5, 2000 with the Braves. In December of 2005 Furcal signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers. When Furcal received his signing bonus in 1996 he bought his parents a car and built them a house in the Dominican Republic. When Rafael was called up to the majors in 2000, he was to replace the injured Walk Weiss for just 15 days. That year he won the National League Rookie of the Year Award.   bio »

ANDRES GALARRAGA (1998,2000)

Andres "Big Cat" Galarraga was born on June 18, 1961, in Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela. Andres is a former major league first baseman who batted and threw right handed. He played for the Montreal Expos from 1985-1991 and 2002, the St. Louis Cardinals in 1993, the Colorado Rockies from 1993 - 1997, the Atlanta Braves in 1998 and 2000, the Texas Rangers in 2001, the San Francisco Giants in 2001 and 2003 and the Anaheim Angels in 2004. Andres began his professional baseball career at the age of 16 in Venezuela. In 1979 Galarraga was finally signed by a major league baseball team, when the Expos signed him as a free agent at the age of 18.He was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 23, 1985, with the Montreal Expos. Galarraga was a popular player for both his achievements on the field and for his big smile and earned the nickname The Big Cat because of his quickness at first base, despite his large size. The Big Cat earned a Silver Slugger in 1988 and 1996, and Golden Gloves in 1989 and 1990. He also played in All-Star games in '88, '93, '97, '98, and '00. Andres won the hearts of baseball fan after coming back from cancer in 2000 and winning the Comeback Player of the Year Award.  bio »

JESSE GARCIA (2001-2004)

Jesus Jesse Garcia was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on September 24, 1973. Jesse played Little League and American Legion baseball. He was a 1992 graduate of Robstown High School, where he played four years of baseball, basketball and football, and he ran track for three years. Garcia was selected to the All-State team in baseball and was named MVP for South Texas. He also boxed competitively for ten years; Jesse won several Golden Gloves titles, posting a 53-2 record in the ring. Garcia attended Lee (TX) Junior College for one year and was named All-Conference and All-Region. In 1993hHe led national junior college players with 42 steals in 43 attempts. Garcia was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 26th round of the 1993 amateur draft.  bio »

OZZIE GUILLEN (1998-1999)

Oswaldo José Guillén Barrios was born in Ocumare Del Tuy, Venezuela on January 20, 1964. He was signed as an amateur free agent in 1980 by the San Diego Padres. He made his debut in the majors on April 9, 1985 with the Chicago White Sox and he played his final major league game on October 1, 2000. Guillen played with the White Sox from 1985-1997, the Baltimore Orioles in 1998, the Atlanta Braves from 1998-1999, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2000. Ozzie was a shortstop who batted left and threw right, and was known for his speed and love of the game. Guillen received the American League Rookie of the Year and The Sporting News Rookie of the Year awards in 1985. Guillen was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1988, 1990 & 1991 and he also won the Gold Glove Award for shortstop in 1990. Currently, Guillen serves as the Chicago White Sox's manager. He became the first Latin-born manager in baseball history to win a World Series when the White Sox won in 2005. Guillen began his coaching career when he was a coach for the Montreal Expos in 2002 and the Florida Marlins in 2003. After his World Series win, Guillen was named the American League Manager of the Year in 2005.  bio »

JAVY LOPEZ (1992 - 2003)

López shared the catcher duties with Charlie O'Brien and Eddie Pérez for his first four seasons with the Braves but he finally established himself as the Braves regular catcher in 1996. Javy compiled a .287 batting average with 214 home runs and 783 RBI in 12 seasons with the Braves.   bio »

DENNIS MARTINEZ (1998)

Dennis Martinez was born on May 14, 1955, in Granada, Nicaragua. Martinez was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 14, 1976, with the Baltimore Orioles. Dennis, also known as "El Presidente", won more games than any other Latin American pitcher, despite having less than 100 wins by the time he was 30 years old. Martinez pitched for 23 seasons, winning 26 games after the age of forty. On July 28, 1991, he tossed the 13th perfect game in major league history. He retired with 245 victories, including more than 100 in each league.

Dennis had a 4.45 ERA in his final Major League season with the Braves.   bio »

EDDIE PEREZ (1995-2001, 2004-2005)

Eddie Pérez was born on May 4, 1968, in Ciudad Ojeda, Zulia, Venezuela. Pérez was signed as an un-drafted free agent in 1986 and was 27 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 10, 1995, with the Atlanta Braves. Pérez played with the Atlanta Braves from 1995-2001 and 2004-2005, the Cleveland Indians in 2002 and the Milwaukee Brewers in 2003. Eddie was a part of the 1995 World Series Championship team. After concluding a 20-year playing career, Eddie is currently the Bullpen Coach for the Atlanta Club. In Pérez's ten-year career, he hit .253 with 40 home runs and 172 RBI in 564 games. In 2005 Perez participated in Miller Park's sausage race as the bratwurst, but he did not win the race. In 2006 Eddie coached for the Mississippi Braves and was promoted to the major league Atlanta team in 2007 as the bullpen coach.   bio »

MARTY PEREZ (1971-1976)

Martin Roman Perez Jr. was born on February 28, 1947, in Visalia, California. Perez was signed as an amateur free agent in 1964 by the Los Angeles Angels. He was 22 years old when made his major league debut on September 9, 1969, with the California Angels. He was traded to Atlanta in October 1970. In June of 1976 Perez was traded from the Braves to the San Francisco Giants, and then in March of 1977 he was traded to the New York Yankees, not even a month later the Yankees traded him to the Oakland Athletics. He played with the Athletics for over a year before they released him.   bio »

HORACIO RAMIREZ (2003-2006)

Horacio Ramirez was born November 24, 1979 in Carson, California. Ramirez graduated from Inglewood High School in 1997, where he plated both baseball and basketball. He was drafted by the Braves in the 5th round of the 1997 amateur draft. The left-handed pitcher made his major league debut on April 2, 2003 with the Braves. Ramirez was involved in a scary incident on June 11 when pitching against the Astro's; Horacio was hit in the head from a ball off the bat of Lance Berkman. Fortunately Ramirez was able to walk off the field on his own power. The Braves traded Ramirez to the Seattle Mariners for relief pitcher Rafael Soriano on December 6, 2006.  bio »

EDGAR RENTERIA (2006-2007)

Edgar Enrique Rentería was born August 7, 1975 in Barranquilla, Colombia. Edgar attended Instituto Los Alpes High School in Barranquilla, and now he plays short stop in Major League Baseball. Renteria was the first Colombian to play in the World Series. Edgar was signed by the Florida Marlins as a free agent in 1992 and he made his debut with them on May 10, 1996. He played with the Marlins from 1996 - 1998, the St. Louis Cardinals from 1999-2004, the Boston Red Sox in 2005, and the Atlanta Braves from 2006 - present. This right-hander has many accomplishments, including hitting a two-out single in the bottom of the eleventh inning to score Craig Counsell and win the World Series for the Florida Marlins in 1997. Renteria is a five-time All Star (1998, 2000, 2003-04, 2006), a two-time Gold Glove Award winner (2002-03) and a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner for shortstop (2000, 2002-03). He founded the Team Renteria Baseball Academy in his native Colombia to promote the growth of baseball among underprivileged youth in his homeland. Edgar received the "San Carlos Cross of the Order of the Great Knight", Colombia's highest honor, from President Ernesto Samper at La Casa de Narino presidential palace November 4, 1997, just days after his World Series heroics with the Marlins. He was named the 1997 Man of the Year by the El Espectador newspaper in a vote among Colombia's most outstanding public figures. Renteria was also named Sportsman of the Year by El Espectador. In 2002, he funded Edgar Renteria Field at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center and was the spokesman for the St. Louis Public School reading program.   bio »

RUDY SEANEZ (1998-2000, 2001)

Rudy Caballero Seanez was born October 20, 1968 in Brawley, California. He played baseball and football at Brawley Union High School and he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the fourth round of the 1986 amateur draft. Seanez played with the Indians from 1989-1991, making his major league debut on September 7, 1989. He also played with the San Diego Padres in 1993, 2002, 2005 & 2006, the Atlanta Braves in 2001, the Texas Rangers in 2002, the Boston Red Sox in 2003 & 2006, the Kansas City Royals and the Florida Marlins in 2004. Rudy is a right handed relief pitcher who also enjoys weightlifting and martial arts; he trains with Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters during the off-season.   bio »

JORGE SOSA (2005-2006)

Jorge Bolivar Sosa was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on April 28, 1977. He was signed by the Colorado Rockies in 1995 as an amateur free agent and he made his major league debut on April 4, 2002 with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Sosa played with the Devil Rays from 2002-2004, the Atlanta Braves 2005-2006, the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006, and begins play with the New York Mets in 2007. Sosa spend his first several years in the minor leagues as an outfielder but once his superior arm strength was discovered he was converted to a right-handed pitcher. His fastball can come in as fast as 99 MPH, but it normally resides in the mid-90's. Sosa had an extremely strong season in 2005, but his luck seemed to run out in 2006. On July 30 the Braves designated Sosa for assignment; he was then traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on July 31, 2006. Before the start of the 2006 season, Sosa participated in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, playing for the Dominican Republic.   bio »

STEVE TORREALBA (2001-2002)

Steve Alexander Torrealba was born February 24, 1978 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He graduated from Mario Bricamo High School in Barquisimeto in 1995; he was the baseball team's Most Valuable Player his senior year. Torrealba is a former Major League right-handed catcher who played for the Atlanta Braves from 2001-2002. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Braves in 1995. He made his major league debut on October 6, 2001 and played his last major league game on September 29, 2002. Steve is the son of Pablo Torrealba who pitched for the Braves, Athletics and Chicago White Sox from 1975-1979. In a two-season career, Torrealba hit .105 with one RBI in 17 games played.   bio »

OSCAR VILLARREAL (2006-2007)

Oscar Eduardo Villarreal was born in Nuevo San Nicolas de los Garza, Nueveo León, Mexico on November 22, 1981. Oscar graduated from Prepa High School in 1998, and was singed by the Arizona Diamondbacks that same year as an amateur free agent. Villarreal made his major league debut March 30, 2003 with the Diamondbacks. That year Villarreal led the MLB rookies in games pitched (86) and ERA (2.57). Oscar was plagued by many injuries over the next few years. After making it back to the majors in 2005, he didn't get a win till September 25; this was his first major league win since September 17, 2003. December of 2005 Villarreal was traded to the Braves along with fellow pitcher Lance Cormier.   bio »

OZZIE VIRGIL (1986-1988)

Ozzie Virgil was born on December 7, 1956, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Virgil was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 6th round of the 1976 amateur draft and was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on October 5, 1980, with the Philadelphia Phillies. Ozzie played in the MLB All-Star game in 1985 and 1987. Before playing with the Braves, Ozzie played for the Philadelphia Phillies. After leaving the Braves in 1988, he spent time between Triple-A Syracuse and the Toronto Blue Jays before retiring in 1990   bio »

CURRENT BRAVES PLAYERS

Manny Acosta
(2007 - Present)
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Yunel Escobar
(2007 - Present)
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Jorge Campillo
(2008 - Present)
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Javier Vazquez
(2009 - Present)
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Jair Jurrjens
(2008 - Present)
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Mike Gonzalez
(2007 - Present)
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Jo-Jo Reyes
(2007 - Present)
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Omar Infante
(2008 - Present)
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Gregor Blanco
(2008 - Present)
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