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Except that he's not a full time catcher. He has 33 starts there out of 75 games. And he has 31 starts at first base or DH. QUOTE]
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Edited by Highabove, 30 June 2012 - 10:34 PM.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:53 AM
I was frustrated by what seemed like a lack of preparation and effort last year. I also would like to see Joe take more of a leadership role. But I have never been a hater.
My sentiments exactly. The catching position is a natural leadership position, unfortunately that just doesn't appear to complement Joe's natural personality, which at times, when dealing with the media, is somewhat reminiscent of the classic literary character from Gone With The Wind, the milquetoast Ashley Wilkes. It just doesn't appear in his nature to do what Puck, and to a lesser extent, Hunter, accepted naturally, ie, the willingness to put the team on his back. He was seemingly unaware that with his new contract now in effect, that more would be asked and expected of him in terms of "preparation and effort".
When he's playing near the top of his game at the plate, he's a marvel with the bat, it is somewhat reminiscent to what Rod Carew could do with the stick, without the bunting. Unfortunately, he's being paid to produce like 2009 is his normal output.
For him to come closer to justifying his contract he must 1) stay healthy, which should limit the batting slumps; 2)continue to reverse his semi-disastrous early-season GB/FB ratio (even now, still ridiculously high at 3.15 vs career 1.89); 3) which in turn, can continue to increase his slugging percentage closer back to career norms (check out Joe's 2010 stats, they almost perfectly match his career norms- 2010: 327/402/469 vs career numbers of 324/404/469), after today, Mauer's slugging % has soared significantly this month to his present season high of 448. 4) Joe has had 3 of 8 years in his career exceeding a 500 SLG %, which was accomplished w/o a drop in BA. I'd gladly trade a few points of OBA for a few more points of SLG for a player making $23 MIL and batting in the 3 spot.
I give the Twins and Mauer credit for effectuating a plan in terms of managing/limiting his catching duties in order to maximize his value at the plate. Joe's current rate of games at the catcher position relative to total games played for 2012 is only 44%. That translates out to only around 72 games at catcher for Mauer in a 162 game season and that probably is what it is for the rest of his career, which changes the valuation metrics on his contract significantly.
Edited by jokin, 01 July 2012 - 01:59 AM.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 02:04 AM
the bottom line, i think, is this: For those that want to compare his performance to his $23m price tag, mauer is never going to be worth it. And that's because he likely is never going to be worth it.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 02:49 AM
Finally, Buck posts. Something to look forward to.
mauer haters, or hauer maters?
rutger's single, y'all.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:37 AM
I have been ridiculed for thinking that FanGraphs "value" is useful at all, but it is at $10.6 million right now.
I have also used that in a couple prior blog posts on Mauer. I don't put much stock in it, but it's just another "tool" in the arsenal to compare players.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:46 AM
Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:58 AM
The bottom line, I think, is this: for those that want to compare his performance to his $23M price tag, Mauer is never going to be worth it. And that's because he likely is never going to be worth it. Not unless he adds the same power he had in 2009 and gets bionic hips/knees that allow him to catch 125 times per year. If you need him to be the Baby Jesus to enjoy his game, you're going to be disappointed. You can decide if it's his or the Twins or the media's or your fault that you're disappointed.
But for those that can ignore the price tag, he's a hell of a good player most of the time, including right now. And he's also 29. If the Twins can keep him healthy, and if Mauer can keep working on his game, there could be a lot of happy days for him, the Twins and their fans ahead.
This says it perfectly. I say just enjoy how good he is. The money is spent... It's guaranteed. Just enjoy having one of the greats of the game, rather than always having to put it up against something else.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 10:02 AM
Whenever I want to complain about him leading the league in GIDP, I just have to remind myself: so did Kirby Puckett most years.
I'll probably get blasted for saying this but Joe Mauer is a better baseball player than Kirby Puckett.
He's not a perfect baseball player but it looks like he's turning the corner again and he's not putting the ball on the ground so often in the past six weeks. He'll always GIDP a fair amount because he hits the ball on the ground a lot, he's relatively slow, he makes a ton of contact, and the Twins have decent OBP guys in front of him who don't hit for much power (meaning that if they're on base, it's probably only first base).
I don't care if Joe hits a ton of home runs. His real value is in spraying the ball all over the place and hitting the gaps fairly routinely. He's doing that again which gives me hope for his future level of play.
edit: I thought I better check the splits on this and Joe was killing worms in June. Meh. That's disappointing.