Mauer proving he's a strong link

  • Article by: La VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 22, 2012 - 11:08 PM

Mauer is one of four Twins (Denard Span, Jamey Carroll and Josh Willingham are the others) who have not missed a game.

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transplantedApr. 22, 1210:31 PM

Is there any indication of something having gone sour in the Twins' locker room or dugout, with Hughes saying something like "Can't wait for the fresh start" in Oakland? Many have speculated for a while, now, that things aren't going well between players and management. Is this indicative of a pervasive attitude that these guys can't seem to get past? Are there more problems that exist, than the public is aware of? All the players who have left the team, for whatever reason, can't be wrong, and fans continue to hear comments like this from the dearly departed. What's going on around here, anyway? Gardenhire, or Anderson, do either of you have any comment? Go ahead, we'll wait.

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hauts81Apr. 22, 1211:15 PM

I suppose I should just be happy that he's playing every day, but $23 million for a gap-hitting catcher who only starts behind the plate half the time is still ridiculous.

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lindy_frank123Apr. 23, 1212:26 AM

When Joe is healthy he can hit as good as anyone in baseball. He's not a power hitter folks so live with it. You get singles and doubles and if he drives in 80 to 85 runs this year what's the problem?

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lindy_frank123Apr. 23, 1212:28 AM

@transplanted...you're making something out of nothing...those guys were salary eaters and you know how Jim Pohlad is wants to cut player salary so he can make it at the gate. What's that called my friend? Not good business that's for sure.

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kindaliberalApr. 23, 12 1:50 AM

Driving in only 85 runs without power is not worth 23 million a year, that's the problem. I like Joe but hey for 23 million we want more.

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Willy53Apr. 23, 12 5:27 AM

Everyone is all a twitter because Mauer has actually played 9 out of 16 games as a catcher. With his miniscus cartiledge comprimised that is the ratio he's capable of. Fact remains the Twins paid hundreds of milliions of dollars for a guy who plays catcher and hits 330 on a regular basis. They got a half time catcher, with gimpy arthritic knees and a singles hitter. What a bomb. The minute Joe rounded third base and first tore his cartiledge up I warned everyone that the arthritis starts then and is exacerbated by squatting. I suggest they move him permanently to first or the outfield and max out his career and playing time.

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minneg56Apr. 23, 12 6:26 AM

Signing Mauer was one of those "damned if you do damned if you don't " situations for Twins. What were they supposed to do? Sign him then trade him? Putting a lot of eggs in one basket is a huge risk for a sports club. With Mauer, not putting those same eggs in the same basket? Huge risk with the upper midwest fan base. I lke Joe and I like him on the Twins. And yeah I too wouldn't mind some decent pitching ... but few clubs have decent pitching. Those who have it aren't trading it for Joe Mauer.

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transplantedApr. 23, 12 7:45 AM

lindy-frank - Not trying to make anything out of anything, just speculating. Like everyone else, I'd like to figure out what's going on, and when so many players thrive after leaving here, then someone comes right out and says he's looking forward to a fresh start somewhere else, you can't help but feel the atmosphere is tainted somewhere, close by the team. I'm just saying there has been speculation of trouble between the Manager and his team for several years off and on, and it seems to be getting some cred, with comments like this made by departing players. Maybe it's true - how do you know it's nothing?

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meemaaApr. 23, 12 8:07 AM

I am trying not to bash Mauer this year-but he ain't worth $23million.

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twinzgrlApr. 23, 12 8:16 AM

Luke Hughes also said some very nice, complimentary things about the TWINS organization when he departed.....

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