The scary truth: Mauer gave everything he had in first half

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 15, 2010 - 12:17 AM

The Twins catcher has struggled at the plate (for him), and there are several reasons why.

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hugelatsJul. 14, 10 9:30 PM

Always enjoy your call-it-like-you-see-it approach to journalism.

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willycJul. 14, 10 9:37 PM

will be fine. Great 2nd half of the season coming up not only for Joe but the whole team. Go Twins!!!!!!!

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henrikJul. 14, 10 9:40 PM

may have to alter his approach in the future, regardless of what position he plays. He has the power to be a force if he would set himself up to "pull" the ball a little more. Besides a few bombs either for HR's or off the right field wall would force the defense to play him more honestly. Of course his average may not get to the level it was in his batting champion years, but it may be a sacrifice he will have to make. The thing I see is as a 3rd place hitter, he should be having more RBI's than he has, and that may require a change in how he hits.

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bobjenniferJul. 14, 10 9:45 PM

Go the 15 day DL, get some rest and back to playing ball. It's no big deal to have Butera catch more games, he do the GIDP as good as Mauer

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lehun14Jul. 14, 10 9:49 PM

He has never performed better in the second half of a season compared to the first half. NEVER! I know Joe is the one getting the huge bucks, but it is also time for Span, Cuddy, Kuble, Hardy, Slowey, Blackburn, Baker and Liriano to pick it up as well. This team should be winning the division, even if Joe Mauer wasn't even on the team.

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vikesgal69Jul. 14, 10 9:50 PM

I love Joe...we all love Joe...but I am tired of the excuses. Joe has been murder to watch at the plate. I actually dread seeing him come to bat. I went to college and graduate school and I will never make a million dollars in my lifetime. Joe makes millions of dollars to play baseball and he is expected to win. So, Joe, earn your keep and win.

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GunslingerCAJul. 14, 10 9:59 PM

Why wait for the end of the season to bash Mauer and his new contract? Beat the rush and level him now! Also, who exactly are the people that surge in their contract years and then fall the next year? Any examples? How about some examples of those that do great after a new contract? Oops, there I go again asking for facts when opinions are all that matter here. I'll wait for the end of the year, see how Joe and the team did, then hand out my "non awards".

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tedsterJul. 14, 1010:01 PM

...from lifting those big heavy sacks full of money.

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quinceprinceJul. 14, 1010:04 PM

Jim, Way to state the disappointing facts and statistics (especially when compared to last year) all while ensuring you didn't ostracize Minnesota's darling. As usual good work.

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mark49Jul. 14, 1010:09 PM

He for much of his career with last yeat being the exception has been a Wade Boggs type singles hitter. His power numbers were largelly a result of playing in the homer dome. He will never live up to his contract. If you move him to DH he will not provide enough power to keep him there long term. If he plays third his lack of run production will likely place him in the mediocre category for the position. Its too bad the management didn't trade him before he exposed himself as a light weight semi-star. Given his lack of trade value I would swith him to 3rd base next year and hope he can at least resemble Wade Boggs.

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