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Hard-Hitting Valbuena Turning Heads in Everett

EVERETT, Wash. - Duplicating past successes can often be a difficult process — especially in professional sports. Get 262 hits in a season and the next year, everyone wants to see 263. Win the World Series 25 times and your fan base expects you to keep on rolling. Precious few are able to stay sharp year after year, but what defines a professional athlete is the willingness to keep trying. AquaSox second baseman, Luis Valbuena, is, if nothing else, a professional athlete.

Valbuena signed with the Mariners this winter after an absolutely stellar year in the Venezuelan Summer League. Only 19 at the time, the young lefty hit .365/.446/.559 in 222 at-bats and led the league in batting average, slugging percentage, hits (81), doubles (25), total bases (124) and was tied for the lead in triples (6). If this sounds to you like an award-winning season, you're absolutely...

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