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  1. Pius Jefferson's Avatar
    He won't sacrifice contact for home runs, but he's certainly doing so for more strikeouts.
  2. TiberTwins's Avatar
    "...is it up to Joe Mauer to change who he is or for us to realize that our expectations aren't going to be met? Have you ever tried changing who you are? It's not easy."
    This, TOTALLY this.
  3. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    It's actually quite easy to find worse 13-games stretches in Mauer's career. In fact, doing a really quick look at his game logs, I found a 13-game stretch where he hit .220/.264/.300.

    When was that? From July 5 to July 22 of 2009, his MVP season. Anyone can have a rough patch at any time. It's just easier to see at the beginning of a season.

    I think we've reached the point when it's useless to expect Joe Mauer to be anything more than or other than Joe Mauer. He's not going to fire up the troops, he's not going to swing 0-0 and he's not going to sacrifice contact for home runs. However, he will avoid outs at an elite level, he'll give the franchise a reliable form of quiet leadership and he'll challenge for batting titles nearly every year.

    I've written this before, but is it up to Joe Mauer to change who he is or for us to realize that our expectations aren't going to be met? Have you ever tried changing who you are? It's not easy.
  4. Siehbiscuit's Avatar
    MAJOR OVERREACTION! The numbers will be there at the end of the year. If you want the guy to become Prince Fielder, then you will be disappointed. He is striking out more and likely because he is trying to hit for more power. In regards to the leadership stuff: Making the most money on your team doesn't make you a "leader." Being able to influence others is leadership. His professionalism on and off the field is leadership. He may be a lead by example type of guy. Michael Jordan was the leader of the Bulls, but often wasn't the highest paid player. Money is NOT the issue when it comes to leadership.
  5. tobi0040's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs
    That's the nature of free agency. Generally speaking, free agents are already past their prime and get overpaid. One year, not so bad. Anything over a year or two is likely to be a bad contract. I would put no less than 3 or 4 of those Top 10 contracts as worse than Mauer's.



    It's 2 weeks into the season. How about we see what he's hitting in a month from now.
    The only guy I would trade for Mauer staight up on that list is Cano. I would entertain Hamels.

    But I agree with the consensus here. We are 13 games in. Joe is hitting .280 with a .370 OBP. Not horrible numbers. His other 5,000 plate appearances are not too shabby and no need to panic.
  6. rogrulz30's Avatar
    I think what I get irritated about is if the media asks Gardy about Mauer, the answer is something like, "it's Joe, he is a bit of a funk right now, he came through with a big 2 out single, he'll be back, I am not worried." The media doesn't even show or talk about the questions they ask Mauer, or show them after a tough game. 13 games count if it is 32 degrees or 90 degrees, and when he shows no power, and strikes out 17 times so far, I am concerned, he is in his "prime", and this would be an expected year to put up $23 million a year numbers. Overreaction maybe, at what point does it just become a reality?
  7. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    There have been 13 games this season. Grip . . . get it.
  8. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    That is the top 10 all making over $20 million a season. Doesn't it seem all of those players are past the prime, and most of the teams aren't going to make the playoffs.
    That's the nature of free agency. Generally speaking, free agents are already past their prime and get overpaid. One year, not so bad. Anything over a year or two is likely to be a bad contract. I would put no less than 3 or 4 of those Top 10 contracts as worse than Mauer's.

    I gotta think that concussion, ball to the head, did more than we think it did. He's not old enough for this kind of decline.
    It's 2 weeks into the season. How about we see what he's hitting in a month from now.
  9. twinsfan34's Avatar
    Watching him strikeout...over and over.

    I gotta think that concussion, ball to the head, did more than we think it did. He's not old enough for this kind of decline.

    Puckett was never the same after getting hit in the head, neither was Morneau. Mauer...could be the same thing perhaps.
  10. nathanaakre's Avatar
    Through 7 games last year, Mauer had 7 K's, was hitting .267, and had 0 RBI. I think he'll be ok! Otherwise I'm with you, these guys have given me a little hope of competitiveness still this year so far.
  11. gil4's Avatar
    What scares me is 7 K's so far this year and watching him at bat looks scary. It doesn't look like he is in the game, and missing balls by way more than I have ever seen. If the Twins are going to not lose 90 games again, Joe Mauer needs to have an above average year, and based off the beginning, I am concerned. At that same rate, should I be concerned, as I just mentioned we are 7 games in, and in baseball stats seem to always come to the mean of the talent of the player.
    I'm concerned, too, because of the concussion. Hopefully it's just a slump and he will snap out of it, but we're still waiting for Morneau to snap out of it, and it has been 3 1/2 years.
  12. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    Hey, if you are going to talk about bringing guys into the Hall of Fame, why not put Shoeless Joe Jackson in there along with Pete Rose?
  13. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes
    But one tip: marriage is #1. It must be #1. It suffers no rivals. It suffers no non negotiables. Not children nor money nor house nor job nor even baseball. Throw it back to the top of the list, let your wife know that, and slot baseball in next. Your life will be better.
    A woman is only a woman, but a baseball game... is a day at the park.

    / because I don't smoke cigars, and for that matter I've never Kippled
  14. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TFelton
    I agree. Your post rings with many of us, just that many of us don't dare speak
    The love that dare not speak its name?
  15. strumdatjag's Avatar
    The answer: Because sports are Soap Operas for guys. Many women don't understand why we follow sports just like most of us don't understand why any of them were glued to the news of William, Kate and the Royal Baby in the UK or why any of them would give a rip about any of the Kardashians, except to the extent it may distract Chris Humphries and derail his NBA career.
  16. John Bonnes's Avatar
    I'm often asked this question, even by serious sports fans, who are frustrated they don't have any championship teams in town. There is certainly more drama in a season where the team has a chance, but yeah, I watch baseball because I like baseball, the same reason someone else might watch reality TV.

    But one tip: marriage is #1. It must be #1. It suffers no rivals. It suffers no non negotiables. Not children nor money nor house nor job nor even baseball. Throw it back to the top of the list, let your wife know that, and slot baseball in next. Your life will be better.
  17. glanzer's Avatar
    Great post! Luckily I married a woman who was equally as big of a Twins fan and we watch every game together.
  18. E. Andrew's Avatar
    Nice article, very true.
  19. TFelton's Avatar
    I agree. Your post rings with many of us, just that many of us don't dare speak as afraid our wives may read this!
  20. JB_Iowa's Avatar
    It does suck. And it WILL be a blot on Selig's legacy. He is working to remove that dark mark but his term as baseball commissioner will always be judged by the PEDs mess.

    The only way to change the entire PEDs situation is with a culture change and I hope it is happening. I hope that the union failing to defend players in the Biogenesis mess is a reflection of player attitudes. I hope when we see players deriding Braun, they represent a majority of players (even if a silent majority). I hope that he (and others) are not immediately welcomed warmly after their suspensions. For me, they have to show that they have reformed -- and that means frequent tests that all come out clean.

    As for A-Rod, he has been irrelevant to my baseball watching for a long time. I just don't waste any energy on him.
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