Posted 08 April 2014 - 08:03 AM
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.