Mauer: Less bang for the buck?

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 23, 2011 - 6:55 AM

Hitting well over .300 and winning division titles and Gold Gloves will get Joe Mauer to Cooperstown. But injuries and the transition to Target Field led to a dip in power numbers and a change in philosophy as the ink dried on a mega-deal.

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nordsmanMar. 20, 1110:22 AM

Who knows, the Twins may regret not keeping Ramos. That may be the most significant non-keep in the next 5 years.

smasicaMar. 20, 1110:48 AM

Obviously you don't design a baseball park to accommodate one player. But wouldn't you want to factor your team's abilities into the design? Especially when your star players are locked into long-term contracts. It's a two-edged sword I'm sure. If it's a home run park for your home team, it would probably be the same for visitors. Just a thought.

hugelatsMar. 20, 1110:53 AM

"But based on his 2010 season, his earning power wouldn't have been as high. Not only was he less productive offensively, but new durability concerns were raised." I don't know that those durability concerns for Sally-Sits-A-Lot were anything new...

mnmkyfMar. 20, 1112:46 PM

The Yankees designed a park around Babe Ruth, and that worked out pretty well.

rodneyklineMar. 20, 1112:48 PM

If I invested $184 million in one player, I would make sure that the left center field wall was brought in the five feet needed for him to hit 20 plus HRs or I just way over paid for a singles hitter!

gsacksMar. 20, 11 2:19 PM

@mnmkyf, all things considered, larger market teams like the Yankees can pay the big bucks for the top flight power hitters. So building a hitters park suits them. Smaller/mid market team like the twins don't operate that way, so a pitchers ball park and a speed lineup is a better fit.

twinzgrlMar. 20, 11 8:56 PM

The Pohlads are astute businessmen. They never would have given Joe the deal they did if they didn't feel he was worth it. It's not our money, so why are people so worried about it? We have a very good team. Lots of talent. I think they would expand the payroll if and when they thought we could win it all. Maybe it will be this year. I looked up the dimensions of the two parks. Metrodome left field wall was 343' and left center was 385' (according to their website) and TF is 328' and 371'. I'm therefore confused about all the talk about the distances. Or is it the height of the wall that they don't like?

voidmastahMar. 23, 11 7:13 AM

twinzgrl, we also have to assume that it's an outdoor park; so the wind will have a huge factor on how much the ball carries.

minfan2Mar. 23, 11 7:26 AM

It seems there are two top issues. One, the Twins seem to be happy putting their most valuabe asset into the most injury prone position in the game. Two, Joe keeps talking about the left field wall because he feels hitting to left is his bread and butter..How about moving Joe to third, Valencia to the outfield( he is fast and has a great arm), trade young,kubel,or cuddy for a decent catcher. And, Show Joe some films from 2009 when he was turning on the ball and driving it over the center field and right field fence, not just focusing on slapping it to left. That player was worth the meg bucks contract. A singles hitting, constantly dinged up catcher, is not. But sadly, this will continue as long as the Twins are happy playing Russian Roulette with a potential carrer changing injury to their mega-star.

vicmcklockyMar. 23, 11 7:33 AM

"Well on his way to Cooperstown"??? OMG, the kiss of death. Christensen should know better than to make premature remarks like this. Let us all take a deep breath and discuss this in another 2000 hits.


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