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#1 kryptik

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:58 AM

Rallying cry for the season.

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#2 zenser

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:03 AM

ARod makes more than the Astros.

#3 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:08 AM

It's a little shocking to see the Dodgers above the Yankees. I knew it was coming but still, shocking to see someone other than the Yanks riding the top of the list.

#4 amjgt

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:27 AM

At least the M's have an ace

#5 Aaron Cross

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:57 AM

New ballpark and already bottom third in payroll, with nearly a third of that going to a singles hitting part time catcher.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 12:03 PM

New ballpark and already bottom third in payroll, with nearly a third of that going to a singles hitting part time catcher.


Give em time, they should be in the bottom quintile by as early as next season.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 12:15 PM

with nearly a third of that going to a singles hitting part time catcher.


Who also happens to be a top five (or at least top ten) hitter in baseball.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 12:32 PM

Who also happens to be a top five (or at least top ten)
hitter in baseball.

He's a good hitter, but do you honestly believe he's a top 10 hitter? Sure, he'll always finish top 10 in the batting race, but that doesnt make him a top 10 hitter!

#9 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 12:39 PM

He's a good hitter, but do you honestly believe he's a top 10 hitter? Sure, he'll always finish top 10 in the batting race, but that doesnt make him a top 10 hitter!


On Base Percentage is more important than Slugging Percentage (not making an out is the most important thing a hitter can do). Once you properly weight OBP against slugging, Mauer is absolutely a top ten hitter. No question.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 12:50 PM

On Base Percentage is more important than Slugging Percentage (not making an out is the most important thing a hitter can do). Once you properly weight OBP against slugging, Mauer is absolutely a top ten hitter. No question.


I guess for Mauer to be good in some people's minds he can never make an out and must hit a home run at every at bat and must carry the team to victory every time despite the 'weaknesses' around him. Yeah, ok, a bit over the top, but I seriously fail to understand anyone's anti-Mauer arguments.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 12:58 PM

I guess for Mauer to be good in some people's minds he can never make an out and must hit a home run at every at bat and must carry the team to victory every time despite the 'weaknesses' around him. Yeah, ok, a bit over the top, but I seriously fail to understand anyone's anti-Mauer arguments.

I don't know about some people, but in my mind I don't think it's too much to expect a HR once a week.

#12 Aaron Cross

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 01:05 PM

Im not anti-mauer! I think he's great. But he's paid to put up 2009 numbers. That's what got him that contract. I dont expect him to duplicate that season, but for god's sake atleast try to turn on a ball with authority once in a while. His entire focus seems to be his batting average. Im not hating on him. I just expect more. He's still one of my favorites.

#13 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 01:07 PM

Im not anti-mauer! I think he's great. But he's paid to put up 2009 numbers. That's what got him that contract. I dont expect him to duplicate that season, but for god's sake atleast try to turn on a ball with authority once in a while. His entire focus seems to be his batting average. Im not hating on him. I just expect more. He's still one of my favorites.


I blame Target Field, not Mauer. The park just isn't suited for his skillset without a drastic re-tooling of his approach (which I'm sure would lead to a significant drop in average and on-base percentage).

Six of one, half dozen of the other. What's more valuable? 10 more homers or .040 of OBP?

#14 Aaron Cross

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 01:38 PM

I dont even care about HR's. I'd just like to see him hit more gappers and rbi's. HR's are overrated.

#15 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 01:41 PM

I dont even care about HR's. I'd just like to see him hit more gappers and rbi's. HR's are overrated.


Mauer is an extremely good hitter with runners on base. He converts plenty of runners into RBI... But he needs runners on base in front of him to do it.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 01:46 PM

A number of publications are listing the Twins payroll at 75-76 million.

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#17 Aaron Cross

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 01:47 PM

Mauer is an extremely good hitter with runners o
n base. He converts plenty of runners into RBI...

His statistics dont support that.

#18 SpiritofVodkaDave

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 01:49 PM

RBIs lol

#19 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 02:00 PM

His statistics dont support that.


His career OPS with men on base: .921

His career OPS with bases empty: .830

#20 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 02:01 PM

RBIs lol


Now that I know you're on the forum, how have you resisted the temptation to yell MARK DE ROSA in the thread "Players You Would Like the Twins to Sign/Claim"?