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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:04 PM

In speaking with the media this afternoon, Twins general manager Terry Ryan announced that the team has decided to shutdown Joe Mauer because of his on-going concussion issue, tweeted FoxSportNorth.com's Tyler Mason.

The Twins have just seven games remaining and Mauer has had on-again, off-again symptoms so there is little reason to push the franchise player. Mauer last played on August 19 and will now miss a total of 39 games due to the brain injury.

"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." -- Jim Bouton, "Ball Four"


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Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:08 PM

good decision.
Just remember: You put the lime IN the coconut. Only THEN, can you drink it all up.

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:14 PM

You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.co...-rest-of-season

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:15 PM

Has he had any recurring symptoms in the last few days? Or was this just a common sense precaution?

Last I heard he was working out with no issues.

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:25 PM

It makes sense to me. Can we somehow also stop him from aging?

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:26 PM

Other than trying to get Gardenhire his 1000th win, I can't possibly imagine what would be gained by letting Mauer play. Any season ticket holder for whom Mauer's season being over is the final straw after a season like this must have a closet full of Mauer jerseys at home.

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:30 PM

It makes sense to me. Can we somehow also stop him from aging?

The technology to preserve people with freezing has been around for a while now, but the thawing and reactivation tech is still a work in progress. Like the idea, though.

If cryo preservation worked, Mauer should have been on ice before the All Star break three years running now. Not sure how Mrs. Joe would feel about that though.

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:41 PM

"I think some people take pain in different ways," Twins center fielder Torii Hunter said. "Some people have to play at 100 percent, and Joe may be one of those guys. I've seen it happen. Joe is a good player, and he wants to perform at 100 percent, not at 80 percent.
"Me, I grew up in a different time. I'm ready to play no matter what -- broken toe, hamstring, groin, back -- and that's the mentality I've grown to have."
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Posted 23 September 2013 - 04:01 PM

You don't want to step into the batters box with a foggy head as 90+ MPH fastballs come zooming at you. Concussions aren't the same as other physical injuries...

And it's not like Hunter hasn't missed time due to injury either.
Just remember: You put the lime IN the coconut. Only THEN, can you drink it all up.

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 04:08 PM

"I think some people take pain in different ways," Twins center fielder Torii Hunter said. "Some people have to play at 100 percent, and Joe may be one of those guys. I've seen it happen. Joe is a good player, and he wants to perform at 100 percent, not at 80 percent.
"Me, I grew up in a different time. I'm ready to play no matter what -- broken toe, hamstring, groin, back -- and that's the mentality I've grown to have."
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Yet, Hunter is a player who no one will remember in 15 years, whereas Mauer is a potential first ballot hof'er

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 04:14 PM

This should be good. Do not risk another injury until next year. Will not matter much this year and just takes AB's away from players who need to be evaluated.

#12 Marta Shearing

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 04:18 PM

"I think some people take pain in different ways,"
Twins center fielder Torii Hunter said.
"Some people have to play at 100 percent, and Joe may be one of those guys. I've seen it happen. Joe is a good player, and he wants to perform at 100 percent, not at 80 percent.
"Me, I grew up in a different time. I'm ready to play no matter what -- brokentoe, hamstring, groin, back -- and that's the mentality I've grown to have."
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Kind of miss the old "Twins Way"

amen brother

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 05:03 PM

"I think some people take pain in different ways," Twins center fielder Torii Hunter said. "Some people have to play at 100 percent, and Joe may be one of those guys. I've seen it happen. Joe is a good player, and he wants to perform at 100 percent, not at 80 percent.
"Me, I grew up in a different time. I'm ready to play no matter what -- broken toe, hamstring, groin, back -- and that's the mentality I've grown to have."
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Kind of miss the old "Twins Way"


You realize of course that the number of games that Hunter missed was not markedly different than the number of games Mauer missed during their last 5 years together in Minnesota?

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 05:44 PM

Seven games :) It is not like it is July... Let's see Pinto play.
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Posted 23 September 2013 - 06:10 PM

Yet, Hunter is a player who no one will remember in 15 years, whereas Mauer is a potential first ballot hof'er

I'll remember Hunter. One of my favorite Twins of all time.

That is, if I'm alive in 15 yrs. :th_alc:

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 07:09 PM

Hunter had some injuries: 2005 - Broke ankle and torn ligaments crashing into the wall at Fenway park, 2009 - seperated shoulder crashing into the wall at Dodger Stadium. Mauer missed time in 2007 for stress reaction in fibula and 2011 bilateral leg weakness. Really not much of a comparison on the injuries.

And I'll remember Torii Hunter in 15 years. I have a feeling that in 2 years we will be complaining about paying Mauer $23 million for his production at first base, hope that doesn't hurt the HOF love.

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 07:12 PM

Also for people pining for the old twins ways, how many series in the playoffs did the hunter lead teams win? Just one? I thought it was World Series or bust?

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 07:22 PM

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 07:22 PM

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 08:21 PM

You don't want to step into the batters box with a foggy head as 90+ MPH fastballs come zooming at you. Concussions aren't the same as other physical injuries...


^This.

It amazes me how people lump concussions in with every other injury. You can't "tough out" a head injury. It's a whole different beast altogether.

Now the real question: Does Souhan just re-run one of his brilliant "Mauer is soft" articles, or will he actually add new content for the newest edition once he catches wind of Mauer being shut down?