Bilateral this: Healthy Mauer has a Mauer-like season

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 30, 2012 - 12:42 AM

A lightning rod for criticism after his injury-plagued 2011, Joe Mauer is on pace for a career-high total of games played while contending for another batting title.

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lindy_frank123Sep. 29, 1210:35 PM

People die from pneumonia...so it can be serious. I think he shut a few people up this year but some of these people you can never shut up. They'll go to there graves unnerved about how much money he makes and expecting him to deliver everytime and never having a bad day/game.

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loop80Sep. 29, 1211:20 PM

Because Joe is a local boy making big bucks, nothing will ever satisfy the peanut gallery. As soon as they lose a game where he didn't drive a run in, or miss a couple of games with an injury, the critics will complain. Regarding Molly and his health during the first half of his career: he has admitted and it is well-documented that he used cocaine. That may have played a role in his health.

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justthetruthSep. 29, 1211:48 PM

Mauer is not one of the reasons the Twins are going to lose over 90 games this year. In fact, given his OBP, I would argue that without him they would have over 100 losses this year. There's nothing that can be done about the $$$. That's more on management than him.

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rookie6886Sep. 30, 1212:01 AM

Here's why it's hard to be optimistic about the future of the Twins: Josh Willingham, career year in 2012. Ryan Doumit, career year in 2012. Joe Mauer, among the elite hitters in the game once again in 2012. Trevor Plouffe, breakout season. And still, 90+ losses. They have no pitching - either here, or in the minor leagues. They're starting to remind me of the Twins in the mid-to-late 1970s (see: Rod Carew, Larry Hisle, etc). Decent offense + NO pitching + NO chance.

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lindy_frank123Sep. 30, 12 6:22 AM

Break out season Trevor Plouffe? More like break out month. Hasn't done much for quite a while.

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drock918Sep. 30, 12 7:42 AM

Fans just need to accept that he's not going to hit 30 HRs and drive in 120 runs. And that statement alone means he's overpaid. Eight homers and 80 RBI are not worth $23MM annually. But, he is going to hit .320 and get on base half the time, so he's actually better suited to hit out of the two-hole. Unfortunately, it's become painfully clear that outside of Willingham, this team has very little talent on the 40-man roster.

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mrfaquesenSep. 30, 12 8:16 AM

If Mauer were really back he'd throw out more than 2 runners all year.

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bolock54Sep. 30, 12 8:18 AM

This is the typical "what you get" Joe Mauer....No, he is not gonna hit 30 home runs....closing in on another possible batting title.....go for it Joe, and shut all the critics on here up.....tired of it......

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minneg56Sep. 30, 12 8:38 AM

GAAAAWD! I've looked high and low but can't seem to find that TRAIN LOAD of Mauer critics who were dominating the blogs calling for Joe's hyde last year ... yoooohoooo ... Mauer bashers ... just where ARE you hiding? Hey! He's competing for a batting title ... AGAIN ... and ya' never saw Joe in the police blotters or in a 'Love Boat' type of schmazz- what the heck more can you ask of good lookin' young guy with lotsa' dough in the Twin Towns? Good luck and go for it Joe!

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philgorngieSep. 30, 12 9:17 AM

A Mauer-like year-- Lots of hits --no RBIs and HRs--and more importantly 90 plus losses--BORING!!

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