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Mike Lowell is a winner

Mike Lowell arrived at Spring Training with a glove, a jock strap, and a bag full of question marks, and so far he's given us more than we ever expected. He's been phenomenal at the plate, hitting well over .300 with a .597 slugging percentage, and stellar with the glove.

People think last year was the most difficult of Lowell's career, when he hit just .236 with 8 homers and 58 RBI. Those people seem to have forgotten 1999.

1999 was the year he was traded to the Marlins, and a routine physical revealed he had testicular cancer. The subsequent surgery and three-week radiation treatment sapped Lowell's strength and energy, but he was able to return rather quickly and make his Marlin debut in late May, hitting .253 with 12 homers and 47 RBI in 97 games.

As difficult as his struggles at the plate last year had to have been on him and his family, I'm sure it was nothing compared to the curveball of cancer.

You need a hell of a lot more than a quick bat to beat cancer.