Hartman: Mauer comfortable back behind the plate

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 23, 2013 - 7:26 AM

The catcher is catching more often this year because Justin Morneau is healthy and back at first base.

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hiraddrifterMay. 23, 13 7:51 AM

He may be hitting .337, but with 2 homer runs and 13 RBI? Hicks is only hitting .157 and has more RBI and home runs, Arcia has only been up since around May 1st and has more RBI and home runs. Mauer is a great singles hitter when there is no one on base (no pressure). Why does the media continue to glorify this guy?

guth54May. 23, 13 8:02 AM

When asked why can the 'other teams come in here and hit the ball out of the park', Mauer responds with "...they only play a few games here and we play 81". What is that suppose to mean? Does he think the players on the opposing team say to each other 'since we only play a few games here, let's hit a bunch of home runs tonight'. He speaks of this taxpayer funded ballpark like it is a curse. Thanks Joe!

corngo4rMay. 23, 13 8:47 AM

23 Million and on pace for 7.5 HR's, 49 RBI's and 146 SO. Money well spent.

commonsens4uMay. 23, 13 9:13 AM

My question is: Is Joe Mauer going to remain content wasting his career on perennial 90+ loss teams? Up to this point he has been fine with it, but he's in his 30's now and he's closer to the end of his career than the beginning of it. BY all accounts, the Twins are hoping to be competitive again in 2016, but there are no guarantees with that. Still no pitching prospects, we all know our owners will not spend money on quality veteran pitching, who knows how many of these: Arcia, Hicks, Florimon, Parmalee, Dozier, Plouffe, Mastroianni will turn out to be decent MLB players. So far they are not looking too promising. Everyone assumes Buxton and Sano will be superstars, but in 2016 Mauer will be a 33-34 year old catcher and Morneau, Carroll, Doumit and Willingham will be gone. Joe Mauer has proven to be probably the most complacent and aloof MLB player in recent history, but I've still got to think that somewhere deep inside there's a desire for him to be on a decent team instead of wasting his entire career on cellar dwellers. Maybe I'm wrong.

elmi0001May. 23, 13 9:18 AM

23 million/year doesn't buy you a leader, apparently.

zammanMay. 23, 13 1:10 PM

As long as Gardy and Andy are on the staff, the Twins will not be a good team. As far as Mauer goes, his .337 is great for him, but baseball is a team sport and we need the team to be scoring more runs and Mauer is a singles hitter. Maybe move him to number 7 or 8, then someone might be on base. Or not.

msminnMay. 23, 13 5:19 PM

Sid says BBJ has caught 31 games so far this year -- baseball-reference has him at 28. Who you gonna believe? BTW: 28/43 X 162= 105. I thought BBJ said he was going to catch 125-135 games this year...

stanbobMay. 23, 13 6:30 PM

“The thing with that is visiting teams will come in and only play a couple games here, and it doesn’t really affect them that much,’’ That is the most asinine statement I have ever heard in my life.

deermenowMay. 23, 13 9:10 PM

Twins don't get to face Twins pitching, homerun advantage opponents!

johnramboMay. 24, 1310:44 AM

Well I'm glad Joe is happy with his season to date. I guess getting his first rbi in three weeks last night made him feel pretty good about himself.


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