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Angels release popular, struggling Raul Ibanez
Angels release popular, struggling Raul Ibanez

If there was a Hall of Fame for teammates, Raul Ibanez would be a first-ballot inductee, a player whose clubhouse presence throughout his 19-year major league career may have been impossible to measure but was always felt. “He's an all-around great guy,” Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun said, “one of the best people I've ever met in this game.” Which only added to the pain the Angels felt when they released Ibanez before Saturday night's 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Texas Rangers, cutting ties with the popular but struggling 42-year-old and paving the way for promising rookie C.J. Cron to assume the bulk of the playing time at designated hitter....

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