I'd like to talk a little bit more about Morneau.His 2010 concussion halted an absolute monster year where he would have been a really strong candidate for MVP and might have made a difference in the season and the playoffs. However, if I could go back in time I maybe go back to 2008 and at a minimum keep him out of the home run derby and maybe the all star game itself. Then I rest him as much as I can the rest of the way.He had a sub par August and a very poor September.Later we found out he had been playing with a stress fracture in his back.A healthy Morneau for those last two months very likely makes a game 163 with the White Sox unnecessary and we would have played the Rays who we matched up ok with. Maybe that was the year things would have fallen our way. Who knows?
Onan individual level we talk about how injuries have derailed or dimmed Oliva and Mauer's chances for HOF. How about Morneau?Without playing 163 games and the stress fracture he would have been a shoo in for MVP that year if he had a strong September and the Twins made the playoffs. Couple that with a possible MVP in 2010 if he did not have the concussion and now you have a guy that wins 3 MVP's.Just on the surface that should get him into the Hall.Add in his performance after 2010 if he never suffered from that concussion just makes an already easy pick that much easier.No one talks about him and the Hall but if things break a different way he definitely had the ability.
Concur 100 percent.
Morneau was the better player between he and Mauer.