04-25-2013, 06:35 PM #1
Joe Mauer in a Historical Context
This internet dork thinks Joe Mauer is a Hall of Famer:
Ode to Joe - Puckett's Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
What does everyone here think?
04-25-2013, 11:12 PM #2
Well done. I've had the same impression as you, watching a player that deserves to be immortalized, but love the numbers perspective.
04-25-2013, 11:26 PM #3
Interesting article. Based on his numbers, Mauer appears to be on track if he can stay healthy. I worry about his knees.
04-26-2013, 12:12 AM #4
He's absolutely on track. 3-5 more years of 2012 (not even 2009!), and he's a shoo-in. One more 2009 and it isn't even a question anymore.
04-26-2013, 08:38 AM #5
I was actually surprised at how well he fares against other catchers. You can make the case that he is a top 3 all-time offensive catcher right now, even without gaudy power numbers. His elite OBP really helps.
04-26-2013, 08:50 AM #6
04-26-2013, 10:53 AM #7
There's no question in my mind that Mauer's been on a HOF track since nearly the get-go. I think this article cherry-picks a little and overstates some things, which is not necessary to establish his credentials.
Here's my Ode To Joe:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I like Joe
And so should you
04-26-2013, 11:32 AM #8
I would have added that:
He's the only catcher to ever lead the majors in BA for a season.
He's the only catcher to ever lead his league in BA/OBP/SLG%.
He's the only AL catcher to win a batting title.
He's the only MLB catcher to ever win 3 batting titles.
That's a lot of positive 'only'.
04-26-2013, 12:42 PM #9
there's almost no doubt that Joe becomes a HOF'er at this point. Sure it would help if he had a few more above average seasons to pad his stats but that starts bringing him into first ballot territory. Yes, first ballot territory.
04-26-2013, 12:52 PM #10
Joe will find a spot in Cooperstown... No doubt in my mind. At the very least... No one will ever wear #7 in a Twins Uniform again.