Stephen Drew

Stephen Oris Drew (born March 16, 1983) is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played twelve seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. His two brothers, outfielder J.D. and pitcher Tim, also played in MLB.

Stephen Drew
Stephen Drew on June 16, 2013
Drew with the Boston Red Sox in 2013
Born: March 16, 1983 (age 36)
Hahira, Georgia
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 15, 2006, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Last MLB appearance
July 25, 2017, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
Batting average.252
Home runs123
Runs batted in524
Career highlights and awards

Amateur career

Drew went to Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia. Following in the footsteps of his brother, J. D., he enrolled at Florida State University and played college baseball for the Florida State Seminoles baseball team.

Professional career

Minor leagues

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Drew in the first round, with the 15th overall selection, of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. He began the 2006 season with the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A-Advanced California League, where he batted .389 and hit 10 home runs. He was later promoted to the Tennessee Smokies of the Class AA Southern League, with whom he hit .218 and hit 4 home runs. He was then promoted to the Tucson Sidewinders of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.

He was selected to the 2006 All-Star Futures Game.

Arizona Diamondbacks

On July 13, 2006, during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Craig Counsell injured his ribs, prompting the call-up of Drew from the Diamondbacks' Triple-A affiliate, the Tucson Sidewinders. He made his major league debut on July 15 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Also making his major league debut that day (with the Brewers) was Tony Gwynn, Jr., son of former major leaguer Tony Gwynn. He recorded his first major league hit against the Dodgers and his brother J. D. Drew. He finished the season batting .316, with 5 HR and 23 RBI.

In 2007, although the Diamondbacks were division champions, Drew had a disappointing season, hitting only .238 with 12 home runs but a career-high 9 stolen bases.

Stephen Drew
Drew batting with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008 spring training

On September 1, 2008, he hit for the cycle against the St. Louis Cardinals, becoming the first player to do so at Chase Field.[1] Batting leadoff, Drew singled in the first inning, tripled in the third and homered in the fifth against Cardinal starter Joel Piñeiro. He added a ground-rule double in the seventh against reliever Kyle McClellan. He was the fourth to hit for the cycle in 2008, and on the same day Adrián Beltré of the Seattle Mariners became the fifth. This was the first time that two players had hit for the cycle on the same day since 1920.[2] He finished the season batting .291, with a career-high 21 home runs.

In 2009, he hit .261 with 12 home runs and a career-high 12 triples, tied with Michael Bourn for the second most in the National League that year.

On Opening Day, April 5, 2010, he hit an inside-the-park home run against starter Jon Garland, the sixth Diamondback to do so. He finished that year batting .278, with 15 home runs and 61 RBI.

In 2011, Drew missed the first four games of the season due to abdominal pain. On July 20, 2011, he slid into home plate, fractured his right ankle and missed the rest of the season, batting .252 for the year with 5 home runs and 45 RBI. He played in only 86 games that season, fewer than in any season after the 59 games of his rookie year.

He spent early 2012 on the disabled list for the broken ankle until June 27, when he played for the first time in over 11 months, going one for four. He was linked to various teams at the 2012 trade deadline, including the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics.[3] On July 30, manager Kirk Gibson called Drew into his office for a closed-door meeting; speculation that Drew had been traded ensued.[4] In the 40 games he played with the Diamondbacks that season, Drew batted with just a .193 batting average, 2 home runs, and 12 RBI.

Over the course of nearly 7 seasons with the Diamondbacks, Drew would compile a team record 52 triples.

Oakland Athletics

On August 20, 2012, Drew was traded to the Oakland Athletics for minor league shortstop Sean Jamieson.[5] Drew finished 2012 hitting .223 in 79 games with 7 HR and 28 RBI. The A's declined their $10 million option on Drew on October 29, making him a free agent. Drew obtained a $1.35 million buyout.

Boston Red Sox

On December 17, 2012, Drew signed a one-year, $9.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, which also included $500,000 in performance bonuses.[6] Drew had a .253 batting average, 13 home runs, and 67 RBI in the 2013 regular season. After struggling at the plate for most of the 2013 postseason, Drew homered in the decisive Game 6 of the World Series, helping the Red Sox clinch their third championship in nine years and earning his first career World Series ring.

Drew opted to become a free agent after the 2013 season, and turned down Boston's qualifying offer of $14.1 million for the 2014 season. Under the terms of the CBA, teams signing free agents who had declined a qualifying offer would forfeit their top unprotected pick in the following draft.[7] One effect of this was to reduce the market value of free agents who had received a qualifying offer.[8] By the start of the 2014 season Drew remained unsigned, and baseball analysts attributed it partly to few teams needing a veteran starting shortstop and partly to teams not being willing to give up a top draft pick. After having missed spring training and the start of the regular season, on May 20, 2014, Drew signed a one-year, $10 million contract with Boston, a prorated amount of the $14.1 million qualifying offer he previously rejected.[9] In 39 games he played in for the Red Sox that year, Drew hit 4 home runs, 11 RBI, and had a low batting average of just .176.

New York Yankees

On July 31, 2014, Drew was traded to the New York Yankees by the Boston Red Sox for Kelly Johnson.[10] It was the first trade between the teams since 1997.[11] Drew batted .150 with 3 home runs and 15 RBI in 46 games for the Yankees. At the end of the 2014 season, Drew's batting average was just .162 with 7 home runs and 26 RBI in a total of 85 games.

Drew became a free agent after the 2014 season, and re-signed with the Yankees on January 6, 2015, agreeing to a one-year, $5 million contract. The deal became official on January 16.[12] On April 17, 2015, Drew hit his 100th career home run in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. On June 9, 2015, Drew recorded his 1,000th career hit, a home run, against the Washington Nationals. Drew had a .201 batting average, 17 home runs (4 shy of his career high), and 44 RBIs.

Washington Nationals

On January 6, 2016, Drew signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Washington Nationals.[13] He appeared in 70 games for Washington in 2016, and hit .266 with eight home runs and 21 RBI.[14] Drew signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Nationals on January 26, 2017.[15] On April 12, 2017, the Nationals placed Drew on the 10-Day disabled list due to a right hamstring issue.[16]


On April 2, 2018, Drew confirmed his retirement from baseball after twelve seasons.[17][18]

Personal life

Drew is a Christian.[19] Drew's father found his first baseball glove in a dumpster.[20] The Drew brothers are the only trio of siblings all selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft.[21]

Drew and Washington Nationals teammate Chris Heisey established a close friendship during the 2016 season, becoming the de facto leaders of a group of bench players they dubbed the "Wolfpack".[22]

See also


  1. ^ "Arizona SS Stephen Drew hits for cycle". Retrieved September 1, 2008.
  2. ^ "Seattle's Adrian Beltre hits for cycle". Associated Press. September 2, 2008. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
  3. ^ "A's still looking at Drew & Yunel; Headley a long shot for them". July 30, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  4. ^ "Towers working the phones as Deadline nears". Archived from the original on January 16, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  5. ^ "A's acquire Drew from Diamondbacks". Sports Illustrated. August 21, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  6. ^ Drellich, Evan (December 17, 2012). "Reports: Red Sox, Drew agree to one-year deal". Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  8. ^ Nitkowski, CJ (November 4, 2014). "Issues with the MLB Qualifying Offer System". Fox Sports. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  9. ^ Steve Adams, MLB Trade Rumors, Red Sox Sign Stephen Drew, May 21, 2014
  10. ^ "Red Sox trade Stephen Drew to Yankees". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  11. ^ The Star Ledger. August 1, 2014. pg. 40
  12. ^ Yankees Officially Announce Stephen Drew Signing
  13. ^ "Nationals sign Stephen Drew". Washington Post. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "Stephen Drew Statistics and History". Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  15. ^ Collier, Jamal (January 26, 2017). "Drew returns to Nationals on 1-year deal". Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  16. ^ Reddington, Patrick (April 12, 2017). "Washington Nationals place Stephen Drew on 10-Day DL; Nats select Grant Green's contract". Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  17. ^ Todd, Jeff (April 2, 2018). "Stephen Drew to Retire". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  18. ^ Cotillo, Chris (April 3, 2018). "Stephen Drew Confirms Retirement". MLB Daily Dish. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  19. ^ "Dissecting The Drews".
  20. ^ "Drew remembers a special glove". April 9, 2012. Archived from the original on April 13, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  21. ^ "Big Night for Drew Brothers". Los Angeles Times. July 18, 2006. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  22. ^ Janes, Chelsea (March 28, 2017). "What to do with all that time on the Nats' bench? Become best friends, of course". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 23, 2017.

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Preceded by
Cristian Guzmán
Hitting for the cycle
September 1, 2008
Succeeded by
Adrián Beltré
2002 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2002 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament was held at the Florida Power Park in St. Petersburg, FL from May 21st through May 26th. Florida State won the tournament and earned the Atlantic Coast Conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament was held at the Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium in Salem, VA from May 25 through May 30. Florida State won the tournament and earned the Atlantic Coast Conference's automatic bid to the 2004 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

2004 Major League Baseball draft

The 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 7 and 8. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams. The draft marked the first time three players from the same university were chosen in the

first ten picks.

Source: 2004 Draft Tracker

2006 Arizona Diamondbacks season

The 2006 Arizona Diamondbacks looked to improve on their 77-85 record from 2005. They looked to contend in what was once again a weak National League West Division. They finished the season with a record of 76-86, a fourth place tie with the Colorado Rockies in the division.

2007 National League Championship Series

The 2007 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the final round of the 2007 National League playoffs, began on October 11 and ended on October 15. It was a best-of-seven series, with the West Division champion Arizona Diamondbacks facing the wild card Colorado Rockies, also from the West Division. The Rockies swept the series in four games to win their first ever pennant, extending a 17–1 run to 21–1 in the process. The Rockies won the opportunity to play the American League champion Boston Red Sox in the 2007 World Series. Colorado's NLCS sweep was only the second NLCS sweep since the seven-game format was adopted in 1985, with the first being the Atlanta Braves' sweep in 1995.

The Rockies had swept the Philadelphia Phillies in three games in the NL Division Series, while the Diamondbacks had swept the Chicago Cubs. The Diamondbacks had home-field advantage due to winning the division. The series marked the first time the Rockies ever advanced to the NLCS and the second time for the Diamondbacks, in the first postseason matchup between the two teams; the Rockies' only prior postseason appearance was in 1995. It was the first time that two West Division teams had ever met in the NLCS, only the second to feature expansion franchises (the first being 1986) and the first of only two postseason meetings of any kind between teams that joined MLB in the 1990s (the other meeting being the 2017 Wild Card Game between the same two clubs).

The series was telecast on TBS, the first time a League Championship Series was ever shown exclusively on a cable network.

The Rockies would go on to lose in a sweep to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series in four games.

2007 National League Division Series

The 2007 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2007 National League playoffs, began on Wednesday, October 3 and ended on Saturday, October 6, with the champions of the three NL divisions and one wild card team participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) Arizona Diamondbacks (Western Division champions, 90–72) vs. (3) Chicago Cubs (Central Division champions, 85–77): Diamondbacks win series, 3–0.

(2) Philadelphia Phillies (Eastern Division champions, 89–73) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card qualifier, 90–73): Rockies win series, 3–0.Colorado earned the wild card after winning a one-game playoff with San Diego. Although the division winner with the best record normally plays the wild card team, the Diamondbacks played the Cubs, rather than the wild card Rockies, because the league did not pair teams from the same division against each other in the division series.

Both series represented the first time the opponents had met in the postseason, and the Rockies' victory was their first in any postseason series. The Diamondbacks and the Rockies met in the NL Championship Series, with the Rockies becoming the National League champion and going on to face the American League champion in the 2007 World Series. This was the first time under the expanded playoffs format first used in 1995 that two teams from the National League's Western Division had played against one another in the NLCS.

2013 Boston Red Sox season

The 2013 Boston Red Sox season was the 113th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. Under new manager John Farrell, the Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 97 wins and 65 losses. In the postseason, the Red Sox first defeated the AL wild card Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS. In the ALCS, the Red Sox defeated the American League Central champion Detroit Tigers in six games. Advancing to the World Series, the Red Sox defeated the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals in six games, to capture the franchise's eighth championship overall and third in ten years. The Red Sox became the second team to win the World Series the season after finishing last in their division; the first had been the 1991 Minnesota Twins. Amazing postseasons offensively from David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury helped lead the way along with great pitching from Jon Lester, John Lackey and Jake Peavy.

2013 World Series

The 2013 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2013 season. The 109th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox and the National League (NL) champion St. Louis Cardinals; the Red Sox won, 4 games to 2. The Red Sox had home field advantage for the series, based on the AL's win in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game on July 16. This was the first World Series since 1999 to feature both #1 seeds from the American League and National League. The Series started on Wednesday, October 23, ending on Game 6 the following Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

The Red Sox won the first game at Fenway Park on October 23, followed by the Cardinals winning the second game on October 24 to tie the series 1–1. The series then moved to Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals won the third game on October 26 to gain a 2–1 lead. The Red Sox won the fourth game on October 27 to tie the series at 2–2, then won the last of three games at Busch Stadium on October 28 for a 3–2 lead. The series then moved back to Fenway Park, where the Red Sox decisively won the final game on October 30, becoming the World Series champions for 2013.

This was the fourth meeting of the Cardinals and the Red Sox in the World Series (previously meeting in 1946, 1967, and 2004). Winning in six games, the Red Sox clinched their first World Series championship at their home field of Fenway Park since 1918, and the last such Series to date won by the home team. David Ortiz was awarded the World Series Most Valuable Player Award. He became the first non-Yankee to win three World Series titles with one team since Jim Palmer (Baltimore Orioles 1966, 1970, and 1983).

2014 Boston Red Sox season

The 2014 Boston Red Sox season was the 114th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished last in the five-team American League East with a record of 71 wins and 91 losses, 25 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. It was the second last-place finish for the team in three years, and they were the second defending World Series champions to finish last in their division, the first having been the 1998 Florida Marlins. They also became the first MLB team to finish last in one season, win the World Series the next, and finish last again the following season.

2014 New York Yankees season

The 2014 New York Yankees season was the 114th season for the New York Yankees franchise. The Yankees began the season on April 1 at Minute Maid Park against the Houston Astros, and finished on September 28 at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. They finished in second place in the American League East with an 84-78 record, which was their worst record since 1992. The Yankees failed to make the playoffs for the second year in a row, and for the third time in twenty years.

The 2014 season is also notable for being team captain Derek Jeter's final season as a professional baseball player.

2015 New York Yankees season

The 2015 New York Yankees season was the 113th season in New York City, and 115th season overall, for the New York Yankees, who play in the American League East of Major League Baseball. They finished the regular season with a record of 87-75, six games behind the Toronto Blue Jays and second in the AL East. They clinched the host Wild Card berth, but lost to the Houston Astros in the 2015 American League Wild Card Game.

This was the Yankees' first full season in over twenty years without team captain and shortstop Derek Jeter, who retired at the end of the 2014 season. In addition, the Yankees retired the jersey numbers of center fielder Bernie Williams (51), catcher Jorge Posada (20), and pitcher Andy Pettitte (46) during the season; doing so brought the total amount of retired numbers to 20, for 22 different players.

Arizona Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks, often shortened as the D-backs, are an American professional baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. The club competes in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the National League (NL) West division. The team has played every home game in franchise history at Chase Field, formerly known as Bank One Ballpark. The Diamondbacks have won one World Series championship (defeating the New York Yankees in 2001) – becoming the fastest expansion team in the Major Leagues to win a championship, which it did in only the fourth season since the franchise's inception. They remain the only professional men's sports team from Arizona to have won a championship title.

Drew Sutton

Stephen Drew Sutton (born June 30, 1983) is an American former professional baseball infielder and outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Florida State Seminoles baseball

The Florida State Seminoles baseball team represents Florida State University (variously Florida State or FSU) in the sport of college baseball. Florida State competes in NCAA Division I, and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

The Florida State Seminoles are the winningest NCAA Division I college baseball program in percentage of games won, with an all-time win percentage of .725 as of the 2019 season. The Seminoles rank sixth in all-time number of total wins and third in post-season wins. The Seminoles have appeared in the NCAA Tournament fifty-seven times, advancing to the College World Series twenty-three times — and have appeared in the CWS Championship Game or Championship Series on three occasions in 1970, 1986 and 1999. Florida State has won eleven regular season conference championships and twenty conference tournament championships, including eight ACC tournament titles.

Florida State has had ninety-five All-Americans, forty-one players inducted into the Hall of Fame, and sixty-two players that went on to play Major League Baseball. Former Seminoles who have gone on to have success include Randy Choate, J. D. Drew, Stephen Drew, Ron Fraser, Johnny Grubb, Terry Kennedy, Doug Mientkiewicz, Shane Robinson, Larry Rothschild, Tony La Russa, Paul Sorrento, Kevin Cash, Woody Woodward, and Jameis Winston. The Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award, presented annually to the top catcher in college baseball, is named for Florida State hall of famer Buster Posey. Former head coach Mike Martin is the winningest coach in the history of college baseball.

The Seminoles play their home games on campus at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium on the university's Tallahassee, Florida campus. Mike Martin Jr. is the current head coach.

Kelly Johnson (baseball)

Kelly Andrew Johnson (born February 22, 1982) is an American former professional baseball utility player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets. While primarily a second baseman and left fielder, Johnson has appeared at every position except for pitcher, catcher, and center field during his career. Johnson was the first player to appear in a game for all five American League East teams; Steve Pearce became the second in 2018. He was on the New York Mets' postseason roster in 2015, where he appeared in his first World Series.

List of Arizona Diamondbacks team records

The Arizona Diamondbacks are a professional baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They compete in the Western Division of Major League Baseball's (MLB) National League (NL). Arizona first competed in Major League Baseball during the 1998 baseball season as an expansion team. The list below documents players and teams that hold particular club records.

In 21 seasons from 1998 through 2018, the team has won 1,678 games and one World Series championship, in 2001. The team has appeared in six postseasons and has won one league pennant. Luis Gonzalez owns the most franchise career batting records with 11 and the most franchise single-season batting records with 9. Randy Johnson owns the most franchise career and single-season pitching records with 10 and 7, respectively.

Having won the World Series in 2001, the franchise's fourth season in existence, the Diamondbacks hold the distinction of being the fastest expansion team in Major League Baseball to win a championship. In addition, two no-hitters have been thrown in the history of the franchise.

Statistics are current through the 2018 season.

Mike Martin (baseball coach)

Michael David Martin Sr. (born February 12, 1944) is the former head baseball coach of the Florida State Seminoles baseball team. Martin is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I college baseball. Upon the completion of his career, Martin had compiled a record of 2,029 wins, 736 losses and four ties over 40 seasons of collegiate coaching. On May 5, 2018, Martin reached 1,976 career wins, surpassing legendary coach Augie Garrido.

Martin, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, began his collegiate playing career at Wingate Junior College where he was a Junior College All-American. He then transferred to Florida State, where he played from 1965 to 1966 and graduated in 1966. During his years as the center fielder at Florida State, Martin hit .354, and earned all-District honors in his senior season and played in the 1965 College World Series. After his college career was over, Martin played professional baseball in the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers minor league organizations for three seasons before beginning his career in coaching.

Martin began his career in coaching at the junior high school level. His first stint as a college coach, surprisingly, came in a different sport, basketball, when Martin became the head basketball coach at Tallahassee Community College during the 1970–1971 season.It was in 1975, when Woody Woodward took over the head coaching job at Florida State, that Martin would be reunited with his alma mater. Martin served as an assistant coach under Woodward for four seasons, and then for another season under Dick Howser. Howser would get his chance to manage the New York Yankees and Martin stepped into the head coaching role at Florida State in 1980.

Though Martin's teams did not win a national title, his tenure at Florida State was marked with many honors and feats. Florida State, as of the 2019 season, has made 43 straight postseason appearances (41 under Martin), the longest active streak in the country. Martin's Seminoles won eight Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships and appeared in 17 College World Series.

Martin's players, which include many college and professional standouts such as Deion Sanders, J. D. Drew, Doug Mientkiewicz, Stephen Drew, Paul Wilson, Lincoln R. "Link" Jarrett, and Buster Posey, have excelled as well. More than 70 of Martin's players have been named All-Americans, five have been named national player of the year, four have won the Golden Spikes Award, considered to be the most prestigious individual award in amateur baseball, and two have won the Dick Howser Trophy, J.D. Drew and Buster Posey, considered to be the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy for baseball. Martin has won the ACC Coach of the Year award seven times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2012).

On June 18, 2018, it was announced that Martin would retire following the 2019 season.Florida State's baseball team plays on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium, dedicated in 2005.On March 9, 2019, Martin became the first coach to achieve 2,000 career wins with a 5-2 victory over Virginia Tech in the second game of a doubleheader.

Sean Jamieson

Sean Robert Jamieson (born March 2, 1989) is a Canadian former professional baseball infielder.

Jamieson attended Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Simcoe, Ontario, and Canisius College. The Oakland Athletics selected Jamieson in the 17th round of the 2011 MLB draft. The Athletics traded him to the Diamondbacks for Stephen Drew in August 2012. He played for the Canadian national baseball team in the 2015 Pan American Games and 2015 WBSC Premier12.

Tim Drew

Timothy Andrew Drew (born August 31, 1978) is a former American Major League Baseball player.


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