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Thread: Is Joe Mauer still considered a potential Hall of Famer?

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    He should be in based on his body of work.
    But a 2006 World Series title probably would've sealed it....damn it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
    He should be in based on his body of work.
    But a 2006 World Series title probably would've sealed it....damn it.
    This will be much less of an issue when they win in 2016.

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    Regarding 3000 hits, he's not even halfway there. Considering that, and his injury history (not catching notwithstanding, I still see him as fragile), I don't see 3000 happening. But he gets in based on 3 batting titles while catching.
    Last edited by clank2000; 04-08-2014 at 07:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
    He should be in based on his body of work.
    But a 2006 World Series title probably would've sealed it....damn it.
    A 2016 WS Title would still seal it...
    Feel free to pile on about Suzuki.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D. Hocking View Post
    This will be much less of an issue when they win in 2016.
    My thought exactly.
    Feel free to pile on about Suzuki.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clank2000 View Post
    Regarding 3000 hits, he's not even halfway there. Considering that, and his injury history (not catching notwithstanding, I still see him as fragile), I don't see 3000 happening. But he gets in based on 3 batting titles while catching.
    I don't think he needs 3,000 hits to get in. I agree with the sentiment that he will be forever viewed as a catcher. With a .323 average, .400 OBP, .870 OPS, and three batting titles, unless his career is cut short in the next 1-3 years he gets in.

    I personally think his OPS stays in this range as he ages, as he will hit with more power sans the crouching and taking balls off his legs and arms.

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    Oops... tried to delete, but oh, well...

    The debate, it seems, is whether or not Mauer fits the mold of a prototypical 1B.Yet, in the SABR era, in terms of OPS, he's a machine. Who would say no to his production, regardless of position? (But only really a question at 1B, because of tradition...)

    The present question is the Twins' lack of power.
    The future question is the HOF one. Different animals.

    Since Mauer qualifies for HOF as a catcher, his 1B numbers will basically pad out his hitting.
    He's just behind Thurman Munson @ #12 for catcher (JAWS) according to BB-Ref as is.

    Too bad for the switch in positions, but it's not like it hasn't happened before- how many positions did Harmon Killebrew cycle through on the way to the HOF? Was that held against him?
    Feel free to pile on about Suzuki.

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    If he stopped playing today, I think he'd eventually get in. If he has 3-4 more pretty good seasons as a first baseman, I think he gets in. If his next 5 seasons are all repeats of 2011, I think that image of him drags him down and he'd have trouble getting in.

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