All-Star notes: Hitting eighth no low blow to Mauer

  • Article by: La VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 16, 2013 - 5:50 AM

NEW YORK – The All-Star lineups were announced today, and it’s a surprise Joe Mauer didn’t take a bat to American League manager Jim Leyland’s door.

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fdrebinJul. 16, 13 9:50 AM

Leyland knows where Mauer belongs batting in the lineup. On the All Star team, Mauer is a very small fish ( who really doesn't belong there) in with a bunch of whales. Even with the Twins, where he is a small fish in a barren ocean, he should bat farther down in the lineup, 6th or 7th.

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matthewJamesJul. 16, 1310:28 AM

Joe I prefer you swing at the first pitch that's right down the middle and hit a home run for the Twins.

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JIMGAVIGSJul. 16, 1310:31 AM

Where else would you bat a slow,slap hitter with no power. Only the 'Twins Way' considers these attributes worthy of batting third.

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dlb1946Jul. 16, 13 1:29 PM

30 Twins officials, probably could have sent 5 officials and used the money saved on pitching.

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BallFourJul. 16, 13 3:23 PM

This All-Star appearance gives Mauer three more points on the Hall of Fame Monitor created by Bill James. Mauer will be at 92 points, with a "likely Hall of Famer" having 100 points. And Mauer is just 30. He'll get another 2.5 if he bats .300 this season. So that would put him at 94.5. He'll get another 6 if he wins the batting title. Starting to see what you're looking at here, detractors?

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nshoreJul. 16, 13 4:07 PM

The Mauer bashing is beyond bizarre. The guy is a top performer in the ML and exudes class, dignity and professionalism.

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BallFourJul. 16, 13 7:30 PM

Bautista has an OPS plus lower than Mauer,but is batting higher. Course, people here don't follow baseball, so they wouldn't know.

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DRJSKJul. 16, 13 8:01 PM

How would you like to be pitching when "slap hitter with no power" Joe lines the ball back at your face? Truly too bad he doesn't play for the Yankees or Red Sox-- he would be considered the greatest ever. That said, selfishly, I am glad he is playing with the twins.

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DRJSKJul. 16, 13 8:54 PM

Excellent game. At least through five, looks like the best player on the field. On the throw to second, Hardy needs to catch that ball at the base – not in front.

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twinsvisionJul. 17, 1310:12 AM

Comparing Bautista to Mauer is like comparing Kershaw to Diamond.

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