Souhan: Mauer sacrifices sweet swing for power-poor Twins

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 20, 2013 - 7:50 AM

Joe Mauer is striking out more in search of RBI to help the anemic Twins offense, but is the tinkering going to ruin his well-honed stroke?

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LeftydMay. 19, 1310:08 PM

Good article...but, Willingham leads the Twins with 5 home runs...Plouffe has 4 homers. What's really sad about the team's power outage is...Escobar and Florimon have as many home runs as Morneau. What's wrong with that picture?! :-)

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LeftydMay. 19, 1310:09 PM

...Escobar, Florimon and Morneau each have two home runs.

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LeftydMay. 19, 1310:10 PM

Mauer has two home runs too. Maybe the Twins diminutive shortstops to battle Willingham for the team lead in home runs. :-)

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metaltesterMay. 19, 1310:18 PM

all Mauer needed to change was to Pull a pitch and hit it into the right field stands when the opportunity presents its self...NOT start chasing outside pitches. The whole team cant hit now....unbelievable

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LeftydMay. 19, 1310:28 PM

Also, the struggling Aaron Hicks has 3 homers...another sign how our few power hitters aren't getting the job done.

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roberth999May. 19, 1310:37 PM

Then we don't need him batting 2nd. If this is his new thing then he bats 4th.

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regionguyMay. 19, 1310:42 PM

There is precedent for asking a high-BA hitter to generate more power. Back in the 1960's the Pirates actually had good teams. Going into the 1966 season, Roberto Clemente was 31 years old, and was coming off two straight batting titles. (In fact, he had won 3 of the last 5.) The team needed more power, and asked him to generate it. He hit 29 HR's that year, with 119 RBI, and still managed to hit .317 even though he struck out more than he ever had. The next year he hit 23 HR's and had 110 RBI, yet managed to win another batting title (.357). A truly great hitter can make the adjustment.

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garenceMay. 19, 1311:10 PM

And Mauer is a truly great hitter. Something worth remembering, folks.

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firefly70May. 19, 1311:22 PM

Wow. Mauer just can not win. Fans rip on him if he shows patience and gets walks along with hitting for average, but not hit for power. Now fans rip on him for trying to actually be aggressive and hit for better power. Admittedly I was one of the people that would sometimes get frustrated at Mauer's willingness to take a walk when maybe getting a hit would've better helped the team. However, I at least applaud Mauer for trying to step up his game by being more aggressive and be more of a run-producer. If he can keep his BA up, along with his OBP, I'll gladly take the extra K's if it means he drives in more runs.

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dforbortMay. 19, 1311:24 PM

Am I missing something here...Mauer is supposedly trying to help the team by becoming a power hitter, but he has TWO home runs...?

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