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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
18 323 1996.3 130 96 0 3.96 46.2
Birth Date1-29-1973
Height6' 5"
Weight185 lbs
Age46 years, 9 months, 23 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1995 ATL MLB 9 2 25.0 2 2 0 27 18 19 2 103 9.7 6.5 0.7 6.8 0% .316 1.80 4.86 5.76 121 6.65 136.1 -0.3
1996 ATL 0 13 11 58.7 3 4 0 69 32 48 8 96 10.6 4.9 1.2 7.4 0% .328 1.72 4.86 6.75 100 4.40 86.8 1.1
1996 PIT 0 6 6 37.7 2 2 0 39 21 26 2 98 9.3 5.0 0.5 6.2 0% .308 1.59 4.23 4.06 102 4.73 93.3 0.6
1997 PIT MLB 32 32 187.7 10 9 0 193 76 136 16 104 9.3 3.6 0.8 6.5 0% .301 1.43 4.09 4.60 102 5.41 112.6 0.9
1998 PIT MLB 33 33 214.3 11 14 0 228 71 158 24 101 9.6 3.0 1.0 6.6 0% .310 1.40 4.09 4.07 96 4.08 84.5 4.2
1999 PIT MLB 33 33 212.7 13 11 0 219 85 148 24 97 9.3 3.6 1.0 6.3 0% .288 1.43 4.39 4.19 95 4.60 89.4 3.8
2000 PIT MLB 11 11 63.3 2 5 0 71 41 51 6 112 10.1 5.8 0.9 7.2 0% .332 1.77 4.66 5.40 106 6.65 128.0 -0.2
2001 PIT 0 14 14 84.0 6 6 0 81 28 77 11 101 8.7 3.0 1.2 8.3 0% .299 1.30 4.12 4.61 92 3.94 81.8 1.7
2001 SFN 0 11 11 66.3 7 1 0 57 33 65 2 100 7.7 4.5 0.3 8.8 0% .299 1.36 2.93 3.39 89 3.45 71.6 1.7
2002 SFN MLB 29 29 185.3 13 8 0 148 73 196 15 96 7.2 3.5 0.7 9.5 0% .275 1.19 3.02 3.45 77 2.44 52.4 6.6
2003 SFN MLB 29 29 207.7 17 5 0 152 46 208 14 97 6.6 2.0 0.6 9.0 0% .253 0.95 2.58 2.34 67 2.05 43.0 8.5
2004 SFN MLB 32 32 225.0 18 7 0 165 77 251 18 101 6.6 3.1 0.7 10.0 0% .263 1.08 2.82 3.20 70 2.51 51.7 8.1
2005 SFN MLB 29 29 172.0 12 7 0 160 85 165 16 99 8.4 4.4 0.8 8.6 0% .296 1.42 3.84 4.40 95 3.35 72.1 4.2
2006 SFN MLB 32 32 213.3 11 9 0 189 80 180 21 92 8.0 3.4 0.9 7.6 0% .277 1.26 3.90 3.59 92 3.71 75.5 4.9
2007 LAN MLB 6 6 25.7 1 4 0 32 14 22 4 96 11.2 4.9 1.4 7.7 0% .333 1.79 5.23 6.31 101 3.96 81.9 0.5
2009 LAN MLB 4 4 17.7 2 2 0 16 12 8 1 86 8.2 6.1 0.5 4.1 0% .254 1.58 5.43 5.60 110 5.61 120.4 0.0
1996 TOT MLB 19 17 96.3 5 6 0 108 53 74 10 97 10.1 5.0 0.9 6.9 0% .000 1.67 4.61 5.70 101 4.53 89.3 1.6
2001 TOT MLB 25 25 150.3 13 7 0 138 61 142 13 101 8.3 3.7 0.8 8.5 0% .000 1.32 3.59 4.07 91 3.73 77.3 3.5
CareerMLB3233141996.313096018467921758184998.33.60.87.944%.2891.323.723.96893.7476.746.2

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1992 MCN A SAL 7 7 24.7 0 3 0 31 19 33 2 11.3 6.9 0.7 12.0 0% .000 2.02 3.63 4.01 0 0.00 0.0
1992 PUL Rk APL 11 11 58.3 3 4 0 55 31 56 4 8.5 4.8 0.6 8.6 0% .000 1.48 3.86 4.01 0 0.00 0.0
1993 DUR A+ CRL 22 22 116.7 7 11 0 128 47 110 12 9.9 3.6 0.9 8.5 0% .000 1.50 3.80 4.94 0 0.00 0.0
1994 GRN AA SOU 24 24 140.7 8 7 0 135 54 131 9 8.6 3.5 0.6 8.4 0% .000 1.34 3.22 3.65 0 0.00 0.0
1995 ATL MLB NL 9 2 25.0 2 2 0 27 18 19 2 103 9.7 6.5 0.7 6.8 0% .316 1.80 4.86 5.76 121 6.65 136.1
1995 GWN AAA INT 19 19 116.0 8 6 0 97 48 95 2 7.5 3.7 0.2 7.4 0% .000 1.25 3.01 2.25 0 0.00 0.0
1996 ATL MLB NL 13 11 58.7 3 4 0 69 32 48 8 96 10.6 4.9 1.2 7.4 0% .328 1.72 4.86 6.75 100 4.40 86.8
1996 PIT MLB NL 6 6 37.7 2 2 0 39 21 26 2 98 9.3 5.0 0.5 6.2 0% .308 1.59 4.23 4.06 102 4.73 93.3
1996 GRN AA SOU 1 1 2.0 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 18.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0% .000 2.00 1.32 9.00 0 0.00 0.0
1996 GWN AAA INT 7 7 45.7 3 0 0 36 19 41 2 7.1 3.7 0.4 8.1 0% .000 1.20 3.47 2.56 0 0.00 0.0
1997 PIT MLB NL 32 32 187.7 10 9 0 193 76 136 16 104 9.3 3.6 0.8 6.5 0% .301 1.43 4.09 4.60 102 5.41 112.6
1998 PIT MLB NL 33 33 214.3 11 14 0 228 71 158 24 101 9.6 3.0 1.0 6.6 0% .310 1.40 4.09 4.07 96 4.08 84.5
1999 PIT MLB NL 33 33 212.7 13 11 0 219 85 148 24 97 9.3 3.6 1.0 6.3 0% .288 1.43 4.39 4.19 95 4.60 89.4
2000 PIT MLB NL 11 11 63.3 2 5 0 71 41 51 6 112 10.1 5.8 0.9 7.2 0% .332 1.77 4.66 5.40 106 6.65 128.0
2001 PIT MLB NL 14 14 84.0 6 6 0 81 28 77 11 101 8.7 3.0 1.2 8.3 0% .299 1.30 4.12 4.61 92 3.94 81.8
2001 SFN MLB NL 11 11 66.3 7 1 0 57 33 65 2 100 7.7 4.5 0.3 8.8 0% .299 1.36 2.93 3.39 89 3.45 71.6
2001 ALT AA EAS 3 3 9.3 0 1 0 7 1 17 0 6.8 1.0 0.0 16.5 0% -.389 0.86 -0.13 0.97 0 0.00 0.0
2001 NAS AAA PCL 1 1 7.0 1 0 0 4 0 6 0 5.1 0.0 0.0 7.7 0% -.667 0.57 1.83 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2002 SFN MLB NL 29 29 185.3 13 8 0 148 73 196 15 96 7.2 3.5 0.7 9.5 0% .275 1.19 3.02 3.45 77 2.44 52.4
2002 FRE AAA PCL 2 2 12.0 2 0 0 11 2 12 0 8.3 1.5 0.0 9.0 0% .344 1.08 1.95 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
2003 SFN MLB NL 29 29 207.7 17 5 0 152 46 208 14 97 6.6 2.0 0.6 9.0 0% .253 0.95 2.58 2.34 67 2.05 43.0
2004 SFN MLB NL 32 32 225.0 18 7 0 165 77 251 18 101 6.6 3.1 0.7 10.0 0% .263 1.08 2.82 3.20 70 2.51 51.7
2004 SJO A+ CLF 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 2 1 7 0 3.6 1.8 0.0 12.6 0% .200 0.60 1.51 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2005 SFN MLB NL 29 29 172.0 12 7 0 160 85 165 16 99 8.4 4.4 0.8 8.6 0% .296 1.42 3.84 4.40 95 3.35 72.1
2006 SFN MLB NL 32 32 213.3 11 9 0 189 80 180 21 92 8.0 3.4 0.9 7.6 0% .277 1.26 3.90 3.59 92 3.71 75.5
2007 LAN MLB NL 6 6 25.7 1 4 0 32 14 22 4 96 11.2 4.9 1.4 7.7 0% .333 1.79 5.23 6.31 101 3.96 81.9
2007 SBR A+ CLF 1 1 6.0 0 0 0 2 1 7 0 83 3.0 1.5 0.0 10.5 0% .167 0.50 1.94 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2008 SBR A+ CLF 4 4 10.3 0 0 0 8 4 9 0 89 7.0 3.5 0.0 7.9 0% .258 1.17 3.19 3.50 0 0.00 0.0
2008 LVG AAA PCL 5 5 12.3 0 1 0 19 8 5 3 128 13.9 5.9 2.2 3.7 0% .340 2.20 8.03 7.32 136 8.09 165.5
2009 LAN MLB NL 4 4 17.7 2 2 0 16 12 8 1 86 8.2 6.1 0.5 4.1 0% .254 1.58 5.43 5.60 110 5.61 120.4
2009 SBR A+ CLF 2 2 12.0 1 1 0 8 7 12 0 92 6.0 5.3 0.0 9.0 0% .250 1.25 3.76 2.25 0 0.00 0.0
2009 ABQ AAA PCL 6 5 32.3 2 0 0 35 7 25 3 100 9.8 2.0 0.8 7.0 0% .323 1.30 3.94 4.18 86 3.43 72.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2009 307 0.4463 0.3941 0.8264 0.5255 0.2882 0.9028 0.7143 0.1736
Career3070.44630.39410.82640.52550.28820.90280.71430.1736

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-08-06 2009-10-22 60-DL 77 54 Right Shoulder Soreness From Surgery -
2009-03-30 2009-07-20 60-DL 112 92 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Scar Tissue and AC Joint Arthritis 2008-09-10
2008-09-10 2008-09-10 On-Alr 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Scar Tissue and AC Joint Arthritis 2008-09-10
2008-03-21 2008-10-16 60-DL 209 162 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum and Biceps Tendon and Bursa 2007-06-20
2007-06-18 2007-09-30 60-DL 104 92 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum and Biceps Tendon and Bursa 2007-06-20
2007-04-15 2007-06-05 15-DL 51 46 Right Shoulder Inflammation Bursitis -
2007-04-09 2007-04-09 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-09-10 2006-09-20 DTD 10 8 Low Back Tightness -
2005-09-18 2005-09-28 DTD 10 9 Right Groin Strain -
2005-09-08 2005-09-17 DTD 9 9 Right Groin Strain -
2005-05-08 2005-05-24 15-DL 16 14 Right Shoulder Strain -
2004-08-18 2004-08-28 DTD 10 9 Groin Strain -
2004-03-26 2004-04-16 15-DL 21 9 Right Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff Tendinitis -
2003-10-17 2003-10-17 Off 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Flexor Tendon Repair + Scar Tissue 2003-10-17
2003-08-06 2003-08-16 DTD 10 8 Right Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis -
2003-07-20 2003-07-30 DTD 10 9 Right Forearm Inflammation -
2002-03-21 2002-04-24 15-DL 34 19 Right Groin Strain -
2001-03-31 2001-05-11 15-DL 41 34 Left Abdomen Strain -
2000-06-10 2000-10-02 60-DL 114 104 Right Shoulder Surgery Partial Fraying of Rotator Cuff and Labrum 2000-08-17 -
2000-04-15 2000-05-01 15-DL 16 12 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
1996-07-15 1996-08-30 15-DL 46 41 Left Trunk Stress Fracture Rib Cage - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 LAN $15,217,401
2008 LAN $15,217,401
2007 LAN $15,703,946
2006 SFN $10,500,000
2005 SFN $8,187,500
2004 SFN $7,937,500
2003 SFN $5,937,500
2002 SFN $4,937,500
2001 PIT $3,200,000
2000 PIT $2,750,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$89,588,748
10 yrTotal$89,588,748

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 63 dAlan Hendricks3 yr/$47M (07-09)

Details
  • signed as a free agent from SF 12/06, 3 year/$47M (07-09)
  • $10.5M signing bonus, 07:$12.5M, 08:$12M, 09:$12M
  • no-trade protection
  • $0.1M donated to club charity
  • prem tix for LAD home games
  • club exercised $10.5M option 10/05
  • 4 year/$30M (02-05)+06 club option, $7.75M signing bonus (pd over 4 years), 02:$4M, 03:$5.75M, 04:$8.5M ($7,937,500 USAT), 05:$8.75M, 06:$10.5M club option $3M buyout. Club exercised $10.5M option 10/05. Award bonus: $50,000 for All-Star.
  • 1 year/$3.2M (2001). $0.8M in bonuses.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 Additional surgery and painstaking rehab allowed Jason Schmidt one final ride, but his shoulder couldn't hold out long enough for him get the per-inning cost of his three-year, $47 million deal down to $1 million. Expect retirement.
2009 "Second surgery" isn't a phrase you want attached to your $47 million investment, but that's what Jason Schmidt underwent last September after a futile attempt to rehab from a 2007 labrum repair. Though his velocity had reached 92 mph before shutdown, scar tissue and arthritic changes in the acromioclavicular joint inhibited his delivery. The latest surgery was a last-resort modified arthroscopic Mumford procedure to try to salvage Schmidt's shoulder as much for throwing to his children as throwing to Russell Martin. The Dodgers may wind up paying more than $1 million per big-league inning over the life of Schmidt’s contract.
2008 Though clearly diminished from his 2003/2004 heyday, Schmidt rebounded strongly enough from a mediocre 2005 for his three-year, $47 million deal with the Dodgers to draw praise in these quarters. Further reassurance came via the green light from incoming director of medical services Stan Conte, who was intimately familiar with Schmidt's shoulder from their days with the Giants. Alas, by mid-April, Schmidt's troubling lack of velocity prompted an MRI and a lengthy stay on the DL. He survived less than two weeks upon returning, and exploratory surgery in late June revealed the Torn Labrum Platter Deluxe with all the trimmings, including an inflamed bursa and a frayed biceps tendon. While the Dodgers expect him to recover, Schmidt may be in for rough sledding until he rebuilds his arm strength, and even that's no guarantee of a return to his established form.
2007 For the first three months of 2007, Schmidt was right there with the best pitchers in baseball, owning a 2.78 ERA after 115 innings. After the All-Star break, his ERA went up nearly two runs to 4.76, driven by an opposition batting average 50 points higher. Yes, he was worked hard in May and June--eight straight starts over 110 pitches, four of them over 120--but he wasn`t pushed radically harder than younger pitchers such as Bronson Arroyo and Carlos Zambrano. Even when going well, he wasn`t getting the strikeouts he did in the past. The Dodgers signed him to a three-year, $47-million contract, which seems more than fair given the expensive environment this off-season; holding the deal to three years was a victory.
2006 Schmidt`s season went wrong in just about every possible way. Hits, walks, and homers were up, strikeouts were down, and he missed playing time with both a groin injury and shoulder weakness. The shoulder problem caused him to lose velocity on his hard four-seamer, and without that usually dominating pitch Schmidt struggled mightily. The team will pick up his $10.5 million option for 2006 less because they think he`ll be all better than because they need him to be all better. That`s not so unreasonable, considering the free agent market for starting pitchers. Safe, strong bets are few and far between, and the Giants have little talent to offer in trade, so the uncertain pitcher in the hand wasn`t any more of a gamble than any number of them out in the bush.
2005 As much flak as Brian Sabean gets for his veteran fetish and bizarre signing tactics, he deserves every bit of the credit—maybe more—for Schmidt. Getting the ace (and John Vander Wal) for Ryan Vogelsong and Armando Rios at the 2001 deadline ranks as one of the biggest heists of the last decade. The four-year, $30 million contract they gave him after the '01 season is also grand larceny, and at this rate Schmidt's $10 million team option in '06 looks like a lock. Injuries remain been a concern, but Schmidt overcame elbow tendon surgery last off-season, exceeded expectations yet again, and keeps getting better as his innings totals mount. Giants fans can only hope he's got the Livan Hernandez-like ability to shoulder the load and avoid injury; Bonds gets hailed as The Franchise, but they'd be lost without Schmidt.
2004 Last year we wrote about Schmidt: "If he can keep his right arm from falling off-always the big 'if with Schmidt-and can tone down the 'Hit this!' machismo a bit away from SF, he could step up to become one of the NL's premiere pitchers this year." Schmidt held up his part of that prediction, cutting his road ERA from 5.02 to 2.44, while keeping his home ERA steady. He also kept intact the chicken wire and duct tape that holds his right arm together, but just barely; Schmidt underwent surgery immediately after the season to repair a torn tendon in his elbow. The Giants expect him to be ready to pitch Opening Day, but the injury still adds a big dose of uncertainty to an already uncertain rotation.
2003 Jason Schmidt looooves pitching in Pac Bell Park. Loves it. Secure with the park’s cavernous outfield dimensions, he’s increasingly challenging hitters to catch up to his high fastball, and the result is usually a lazy fly or a strikeout—Schmidt sported the majors’ fifth-lowest G/F ratio in 2001, and the fifth-best strikeout rate. If he can keep his right arm from falling off—always the big “if” with Schmidt—and can tone down the “Hit this!” machismo a bit away from San Fran, he could step up to become one of the NL’s premiere pitchers this year.
2002 Early in 2002, two BP staffers were talking about the free-agent market, and one made the comment that the Darren Dreifort contract would be the last of its kind, an eight-figure deal for significant years to a pitcher of questionable achievement. That may be so, but the Jason Schmidt contract certainly fits the category. Did anyone have him pegged for a four-year, $32-million contract at the All-Star break? He was traded, had two good months in a great pitchers' park, and presto change-o, he's a rich man. As long as teams pay through the nose for pitchers based on a few months' of health and effectiveness, the market is always going to skew upward. Schmidt's ticking can be heard in wine country.
2001 We told you last year he was a big breakdown risk, and break down he did, pitching poorly before he was sidelined by shoulder surgery. The Pirates piled a ton of innings on Jason Schmidt's arm and never saw the results they (or we) expected of someone with his talent. He’s young, but his arm is in questionable shape, and he’ll probably spend the first half of 2001 finding his mechanics again.
2000 The old question was when Schmidt would become an ace. The new question is whether he'll become an ace before his arm blows out. Schmidt had several bouts with "dead arm" syndrome last year, when his top velocity would be 10 mph or more off its norm, and yet he still managed to throw as many pitches in ’99 as he did in ’98. It’s risky, but he still has a high ceiling.
1999 Took a step forward, then one back, then a half-step forward at the end of the season. Unlike Peters, Schmidt seemed to rattle easily, running off five or six scoreless innings, then completely losing his cool after a tough-luck play.
1998 Pirate fans may cringe at the sight of Denny Neagle’s 20 wins in Atlanta, but Schmidt should soothe their pain over the next few years. Schmidt’s successful season was a major component of the Pirates’ pennant run, as he improved across the board last year while he worked on his consistency. Schmidt’s season comprised stretches where he was unhittable, followed by one or two solid poundings. Similar to Alan Benes’ 1996 season, and we know where that went. Pitchers are unpredictable, but Schmidt looks like a breakout candidate.
1997 The key guy in the Neagle trade, he pitched very well after coming over from the Braves. He pitched especially poorly in Atlanta, possibly due to the irregular schedule he pitched on as the fifth man in the Braves rotation. He came down with a stress fracture in his ribs in midseason, which may also have been part of his problem.
1996  The job of fifth starter is his to lose. His numbers have consistently improved as he has ascended the minor league ladder, and he's only 23. His control is the only thing standing between him and a successful major league career.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to deal with, both past or present?
(Gerald from Savannah)
Geez. That's a tough one because there are so many good guys I have dealt with in 24 years of covering baseball. I hate to leave people out but some of my favorites would have to include Sean Casey, John Burkett, Jay Bell, Craig Wilson, Jason Schmidt, Michael Barrett from the past. From the present: Jason Bay, Cole Hamels, Carlos Pena, Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips, Nyjer Morgan, Neil Walker, Joel Hanrahan, Adam Jones, Max Scherzer, Don Kelly, Chris Perez, Adam Dunn, Matt Capps, Torii Hunter, Kurt Suzuki, Ian Kinsler. (John Perrotto)
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jason Schmidt not at least worth a shot as the 5th starter answer in LA? Is he in AAA for performance- or injury-related reasons? I can't recall a team rehabbing a veteran, formerly front-line pitcher and then not calling him up immediately once he was ready, which he seemingly is.
(Dan from Brooklyn)
He's there for injury reasons. At least until the past couple of weeks, he was unable to string together three starts in a row without feeling strong enough to continue, so it wasn't even a discussion worth having. I think it's inevitable that he'll get a start or two, and just as inevitable that he'll wind up back on the DL soon afterwards. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe-thanks for the chat. Are the Dodgers better off signing Dunn, Hudson and Wolf vs. Manny and Wolf?
(raygu1 from princeton, nj)
Why are they signing Randy Wolf? Why, in fact, do I have so many references to Randy Wolf in my queue? He's a flyball pitcher without the stuff to pull that off, a 6.24 ERA waiting to happen.

The Dodgers have jammed up their roster in a way that makes it hard for them to sign players. Too many roster spots and too much money being wasted on Juan Pierre and Casey Blake and Jason Schmidt. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)Didn't the Braves trade both Jermaine Dye and Jason Schmidt? Both of them probably could have been useful at some point.
(adamseth7 from philly)
Schmidt took a long time to come around. Dye? That's about the best ever and even he took a couple seasons to lock in. More Melvin Nieves' in my memory. (Will Carroll)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)No Dodger has been more of a disappointment in 2009 than Russell Martin. And that includes Jason Schmidt. Seriously, what kind of cough syrup is that guy drinking between innings that he's suddenly so Posada-esque behind the plate? (Jay Jaffe)
 

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