Generally when a guy has been in a clubhouse going on two decades a couple things will come out if he is a bad teammate or bad clubhouse guy or generally not a good guy to have around. Those things are virtually non-existent. I apologize if my post came off as rude, but the Mauer bashing around these parts over the years reached an unbelievable level, at least IMO.
There is a lot of room between bad teammate/clubhouse cancer, and great leader. I don't think anyone here has ever accused him of the former. It's possible to be a great teammate and guy, while possessing minimal leadership abilities.
I've worked with a lot of people who were outstanding workers, and liked by most, but didn't have the ability to lead.
Kirby Puckett, on the other hand, it seems was a fairly awful human being, but by all accounts possessed that rare ability to inspire people to follow him.
Again, I don't know if that's the case with Mauer. I'm not trying to suggest he wasn't a good leader, I just don't know.
And I agree, the Mauer bashing has been over the top over the years. But, people adamantly defending him against any and all criticisms have been over the top as well.
I'm glad Mauer retired, not because I didn't like him as a player, but because you had to walk on eggshells when he was playing. Any attempt to discuss his legitimate flaws automatically got you painted into the "Mauer hater" corner. Or, the topic got hijacked by those that wanted to pile on Mauer unfairly, depending on who got there first.
Edited by Mr. Brooks, 24 May 2019 - 03:48 PM.