Goessling: Joe Mauer says he has a lot to prove
The St Paul Pioneer Press's Ben Goessling visited with Joe Mauer recently about the dreadful 2011 season. The piece is worth reading beginning to end but here's some of the key quotes out of the article:
Mauer on the '11 clubhouse vibe:
On why the communication problem regarding his injuries:
"It's a better vibe around here," Mauer said as he relaxed on a bench outside the Twins' clubhouse last month. "But things that have made us successful in the past - you talk about team camaraderie, guys having each other's backs - that wasn't really the case last year."
The article goes on to say that the Twins encourage Mauer to workout more in the offseason as he is now approaching his age-30 season and he spent time with Tom Kelly honing his craft at first base. The biggest takeaway though is that he sound healthy and happy.
"A lot of times, you had a microphone in front of your face, and you didn't really know (how to explain it)," he said. "The unknown was the reason why it was frustrating for everybody....But looking back, there's things that I wish were communicated and done a little differently."