[quote name='cmathewson']"Mauer just hits bloops." "He has no interest in driving in runs when it counts." "He looks frail, like he could break at any time." "He lacks leadership." Bah. All of those opinions lack evidence.
I agree with CMAT and I wanted to address these types of comments and the notion that anyone who criticizes Mauer is "burned at the stake".
I can only speak for myself, I feel like anyone can criticize anyone and that is fine.
In the case of Joe Mauer, just please add a smidge of perspective. A full time catcher has won a batting title six times. Joe has three of those. The first since the 1940's. In the last 50 years, five catchers have one an MVP. Joe was one of those as well. All before he was 30 years old. As of last May, he had the highest batting average of any active player (not sure if he is #1 or #2 now).
Here are a few comments just on pages 1-4 of this thread, with no mention of the accomplishments to date:
"At 1B Joe is nothing more than an overpaid James Loney"
"Talent without leadership is the same as leadership without talent"
"Joe is not the type of player to lead a team to a championship"
"Joe is a guy that will lead the league in LOB", which of course is not accurate.
One last point, Joe provided the most value as a catcher and it was him who insisted on staying there. He could have moved to 1B or 3B, or LF two years ago but he put up with the punishment in order to provide more value to the team. It wasn't until a doctor convinced him that his health and career would be impacted if he stayed there. I have not seen anyone bring this up when questioning his work ethic, durability, leadership, or toughness, etc.[COLOR=#800080]http://www.bringmeth...-batting-title/
Edited by tobi0040, 11 April 2014 - 08:52 AM.