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Portland hitting coach Max Venable saw many players graduate to the San Diego Padres, including Jody Gerut, Chase Headley, Nick Hundley, Luis Rodriguez, and his son, Will Venable, along with Matt Antonelli and Brett Dowdy.

Could you see the signs that Jody Gerut was on his way to having a great comeback season? Max Venable: When Jody came over, I didn't know too much about him. I knew he had some knee injuries. I kind of went back and looked up some numbers. When he was with the Indians in his rookie year he had 22 home runs. I was like, ‘Whoa! Geez, man, 22 home runs. Out of spring training, I didn't see a...

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