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Four Man Rotation

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:20 AM
I read an article on mlb.com with one sentence buried in it stating that Molitor was considering using a four man rotation. My thoughts:...
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Windows, 2020 Vision, and Tight Purse Strings

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:04 AM
As spring draws near, it's time to reflect on the winter that was and look ahead to another season full of hope and promise. I've been th...
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Article: Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #1 Royce Lewis

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:20 AM
It says a lot about Royce Lewis that he could probably write this profile about himself and it would be more accurate – encompassing all...
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2017-18 non-Twins MLB Off-Season Transactions Thread

Other Baseball Yesterday, 10:09 PM
I thought I'd get this going now (and pin it), even though we still have a few weeks to go. Please use this thread to track MLB NON-TWINS...
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FA's Arrieta or Lynn the only two choices

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:06 PM
I'm tired of talking about and reading about Darvish. Aren't you? And we're not going to talk about him except to make the singular point...
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For Better Or Worse: Joe Mauer

Attached Image: Mauer_Joe_orig.jpg You only have two choices: will he be better or worse in 2013?

2012 Recap
Given the clustermess that was 2011, most Minnesota Twins fans would have been happy just to see Joe Mauer on the field last year. They did - kinda.

Mauer not only stayed healthy, but set a career high with 647 plate appearances and 147 games played. However, exactly half of his starts were at catcher (72 games), with the rest happening at designated hitter (42 games) and first base (30 games). I'll leave you to debate how that impacts his value.

What is not debatable is the he returned to being elite offensively. He was in the AL batting race until the last weekend. His .416 on-base percentage led the league. He hit double-digit home runs (albeit barely) for the first time since his MVP campaign. And he posted an 861 OPS, tops for AL catchers.

Why He'll Be Worse
Don't look now, but like a certain blogger, our boy Joe turns 30 this year. That's even more ominous because he was also remarkably healthy last year. Furthermore, so was Ryan Doumit, which meant Mauer's body had the luxury of rarely being forced into multiple consecutive starts. Finally, there is the whole regression to the mean thing - how long can we expect him to stay at this level?

Why He'll Be Better
Believe it or not, that 861 OPS he posted is below his career 873 average. So was his .319 batting average. He'll also be a year further away from the injury problems that torpedoed 2011. Finally, both he and the Twins seem to have found (and accepted) a recipe for keeping him healthy by moving him around the diamond a little.

So which is it? Click on this link to see our official thread AND take the survey. Then leave us a comment saying why.

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