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Almonte Knows He Can Do Better

Abraham Almonte had a tale of two halves for the Charleston Riverdogs this season. He was hitting .291 as late as June 7th, but quickly fell victim to his first taste of the long-season leagues and batted a disastrous .111 in the month of July, en route to a final .228 average. It certainly wasn't the way he drew it up before the season began and he knows he can do a lot better in 2009.

"I feel a little bit tired at the end of all this and it was an up and down season, and it was more difficult than I thought, but I'm okay," Abraham Almonte said through the help of a translator. "I actually thought I would be more tired than I am and I thought it would be more difficult than it was. I want to keep playing even though it's over - I want to play more." Possessing all the...