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Mauer took the first pitch almost always. As a result, the pitcher almost always threw the first pitch down the middle for a strike. To me, that had to be the stupidest strategy that I have ever seen any MLB player take in the history of the game. Had Mauer swung at first pitches, there's no question he would have gotten at least 500 more hits in his career. To the other poster, there is no way that Mauer gets in the Hall of Fame. A Hall of Fame player is a generational player, not a player that dominates for 4 or 5 years. If Mauer gets in, then the Hall of Fame is a joke.
PS: Mauer put the first pitch in play in almost 400 plate appearances. That’s not counting times he swung and missed or hit a foul ball.
And suggesting that Mauer would have gotten “at least” 500 more hits swinging at the first pitch is just absurd. Pitchers and coaches make adjustments. Mauer hit over .300 for his career with a 124 OPS+. Hall of Famer Derek Jeter had a 115 OPS +. Hall of Famer Johnny Bench had a 126 OPS +.
Edited by yarnivek1972, 21 July 2019 - 06:08 PM.