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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:57 AM

Yahoo! Sports columnist Jeff Passan tweeted today that Joe Mauer's hitting line of .332/.422/.454 should earn him some MVP considerations:

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With one of the AL's top batting averages (currently third) and the highest on-base percentage in the league, it is easy to give it some consideration. However, given that there are eight other players with better weighted on-base averages (wOBA) and WAR, the advanced statistics do not support Mauer's candidacy for the most valuable title.

#2 gunnarthor

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 11:09 AM

I suppose he'll get some down ballot votes. Is there a comeback POY award? He could get that.

#3 Erock

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 01:41 PM

Yeah, he deserves ballot votes, but that's about it. He has had a pretty good season, but other guys have had MVP seasons.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 01:53 PM

Is there a comeback POY award? He could get that.


100% agreed. It's nice to see Mauer doing well again.:)

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 02:32 PM

Mauer 53 walks Willingham 52 walks both are on the AL Leaderboard in walks. I didnt think Willingham had that many. Mauer has been great, but Willingham is sure making teams pay for letting the 1-3 batters get on (76 RBI so far) and should get a few votes too.

#6 Kobs

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 03:26 PM

If Mauer were the regular catcher, sure. As a half-time catcher, not sure his numbers are good enough to be considered an MVP candidate, regardless of how good the team is.

#7 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 03:34 PM

If Mauer were the regular catcher, sure. As a half-time catcher, not sure his numbers are good enough to be considered an MVP candidate, regardless of how good the team is.


Pretty much how I feel about it. If Mauer had caught 80 games at this point, sure, he should get a few 2nd/3rd/4th votes behind Trout.

But with half his ABs coming at first and DH? Nah, not so much.

#8 nicksaviking

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 03:40 PM

How about if we ask the question about Willingham instead? What would happen if Willingham ended up getting traded to a team on the playoff bubble, especially and AL team, and ended up carrying them to the postseason? No doubt if Willingham was hitting like this for a contender his name would be in the discussion. Would voters overlook his stats with the lowly Twins and only judge him on his numbers with the contender?

#9 70charger

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:23 PM

Mauer has been having a great season, that's a given. There are others I'd put ahead of him if I were an MVP voter, but the season isn't over today.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 11:10 PM

Yesterday was a prime example: Mauer slicing two hits over the middle infielders heads - to be driven in by Morneau and Willingham home runs. Good, winning production from a catcher, certainly, but not the main events. edit: On second thought, there are more times Mauer does the same, and Morneau and Willingham fizzle. His value is much less immediate, but it is still impactful. I have to redact previous comment: Mauer is having a MVP-discussion season by any measure, but it would be improved by catching more. edit 2: I don't want Mauer to catch more.

Edited by Willihammer, 28 July 2012 - 11:15 PM.


#11 one_eyed_jack

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 11:24 PM

I'm not sure how much MVP love he deserves, but no doubt he's had a impressive year. A lot of people were ready to lynch him when he was hitting .270 a month or so into the season, but he's been damn good since then. I hope he can keep it up. And if Morneau is going to be around next year, it sure would be nice to see him return to form as well.