Hartman: Mauer makes it clear he wants to stay here

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 27, 2013 - 10:55 PM

The catcher is intent on remaining with the Twins, and he's had a healthy offseason to prepare for spring training.

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lindy_frank123Jan. 27, 1310:20 PM

Sid, I don't care if I'm playing for my hometown or not. I'm gonna get tired of losing when I can be in the playoffs and get close to a Series ring some other place. And look at your TWolves...yeh they're gonna make the playoffs alright...If not for Vikings 10-6 record and Gopher Men's and Woman's hockey...it's all losing.

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lindy_frank123Jan. 27, 1310:22 PM

Sid a "banner" season for a ball player is winning the series period. Nothing more and nothing less. And I'm sure Joe feels the same way.

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sniggleJan. 28, 1312:39 AM

who cares what Mauer wants! He is one big reason the Twins can't get anyone decent. His contract is one of the worst in baseball!

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pazalunaJan. 28, 13 1:46 AM

of course he wants to play here. where else could you hit .300 with 9 home runs, collect 23 million and every media outlet in town say you had a "great" season? he'd be run out of town in LA, NY, Bos, Phil, and Chi for "producing" those numbers with that price tag. it's pretty sad, really, that no media member in this town holds him to the contract. 6th highest paid player, maybe the 75th best or so, counting pitchers.

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brianabbeJan. 28, 13 4:37 AM

It's laughable how deluded fans are that Mauer is the reason no one signed here this winter. I'm pretty sure Greinke was NEVER going to sign here, even if the Twins miraculously matched the Dodgers offer. Bad drafting, poor personnel decisions and several hideous trades are the reason the team will win 60-65 games this coming year. It would be 55-60 without Mauer. I'm not happy with the signings of Pelfrey and Correia either, but that cannot be pinned on #7.

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edutchboyJan. 28, 13 6:35 AM

Did Tubby really say "outcoach" some other coach late in the game? That is laughable.

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ranger78Jan. 28, 13 7:16 AM

Who would want Mauer? He's the highest paid singles hitter in either league. Nobody in their right mind would take on his $23 million a year for his production. No one.

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ericgus55Jan. 28, 13 7:37 AM

I don't get the obsession with Joe Mauer's salary. There is no salary cap in baseball, so his contract isn't "preventing" the team from doing anything. Their only constraints are how much is coming in (attendance numbers have been good, so that's not an issue) and how much they choose to spend on salaries (vs put into their pockets). If Joe Mauer and his contract were gone today, knowing the Twins history, it's not like they'd take the $23 million and sign two $11 million players. Mauer being here helps the team on the field (he's one of the best players in the game), he brings fans in the doors and sells merchandise (that's where the money comes from), and he helps attract other players to come here (like most smaller markets, we have to overpay). I know it's easy to scapegoat Joe Mauer, but he isn't at (or even near) the top of the list when it comes to Twin's issues.

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irelandguyJan. 28, 13 7:43 AM

Mr. Hartmann, It's time to start hyping the University of Mediocrity's NIT bid.

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ericgus55Jan. 28, 13 7:51 AM

I disagree with the suggestion that is often made that Joe Mauer wouldn't survive in a bigger market. If he were on the Yankees or Red Sox, for example, he'd be able to just play the game rather than being expected to be the vocal "leader" of the team, because they've already got those guys, as well as other guys with big salaries. My impression of Joe Mauer is that he's more of a quiet "lead by example" guy and would prefer to let someone else be the "rah-rah!" guys (Torii Hunter and Michael Cuddyer). Considering their ballparks and their rosters, my guess is that Joe Mauer would thrive with the Red Sox or Yankees.

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