Mauer has a career .322 BA and .467 SLG.
Mauer has a career .333 BA and .480 SLG with RISP.
Mauer has a career .336 BA and .469 SLG with men on base.
But hey, let's not let facts get in the way of a good argument.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you Brock.
You have done nothing here but prove points I've made myself before.
We all see a big strapping athlete and many have wondered why he can't just be a consistent 28-30+ HR hitter and be done with it. But it's not that simple. Boggs once concentrated on power alone and saw his other numbers drop. Same with Gwynn. Two of the greatest hitters of their generations. Mauer is a pure hitter, something that doesn't come along every day. His natural approach and stroke is to swing at good pitches, ignore bad ones, take a walk when it's there, and hit line drives all over the field. With any kind of decent hitters ahead of him, and behind, he will hit .300+ with an OB of .400+ with 40+ doubles and double digit HR totals. Out from behind the plate now, stronger and healthier for a whole season and 150 games played the HR totals may climb to 15-18 and maybe 20.
What team wouldn't kill for a bat like that in their lineup?
Mauer's biggest problem has been unreal expectations and the lineup around him the past few seasons, whether due to injury or talent level.
Gardy has him hitting 2 in the lineup for current reasons that I understand. But Brock's numbers show very clearly why I believe his best and most productive spot in the lineup is in the 3 hole. I hope over the course of player development/production this season and next we'll see that happen again.