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Postby baseball6791 » Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:58 pm

Barring a position change, or significant time spent at 1B or DH during the season, I would have to say that there is too much wear and tear on the body as a catcher for him to keep a .350 pace for an entire season. At some point in the second half he will get tired. .330 might not be out of the question by .350 or .380 is a bit high IMO.
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Postby davidmarver » Thu Jun 01, 2006 9:40 pm

I dare not utter it, but if Mauer can raise his average another ten points, and the Twins continue to lose, I think they'll be very, very intrigued to DH him, keep him fresh, and give him an outside shot to approach .400. Liriano's promotion to the starting rotation has probably killed this scenario, but it's still an outside possibility (one I'd love to see). A quick-footed left-handed bat with the talent of Mauer has got to be a favorite for a .400 hitter, if MLB possesses one.
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Postby LiveForever » Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:08 pm

We called up some catcher from AAA so Mauer can DH once a week or so. This will defititely help his cause.

Also, it was his father that said he would be the next 400 hitter. Take that for what its worth.
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Postby d18Mike » Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:38 pm

I think VMart has a better chance of hitting .350 -- but I don't think either he nor Mauer will.

Last year VMart hit .380 post All-Star break. But he tends to go into absolute freefalls at time (as he is at this very moment). If he can go a year without a major slump, it's possible.
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Postby MentalPowerHouse » Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:48 pm

The guy is listed a 6-4 so he probably should be able to develop atleast 20-30 HR power.
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Postby The Loveable Losers » Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:02 pm

The Hardball Times has an awesome article on Mauer including some nice 'eye candy' (a link to a picture of Mauer's current girlfriend ;) ):

http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/artic ... auer-show/

They make a fairly good case that he should be in the MVP consideration this year...not that a catcher on a losing team is going to win the MVP given the current MVP voters but his win shares above replacement are tops in the league up to this point.
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Postby Yoda » Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:12 pm

The Loveable Losers wrote:The Hardball Times has an awesome article on Mauer including some nice 'eye candy' (a link to a picture of Mauer's current girlfriend ;) ):

http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/artic ... auer-show/

They make a fairly good case that he should be in the MVP consideration this year...not that a catcher on a losing team is going to win the MVP given the current MVP voters but his win shares above replacement are tops in the league up to this point.


Based on how writers vote, Mauer would need to keep his batting average up and hit for a lot more power and Minnie needs to make the playoffs for him to even come close to winning an MVP.
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Postby The Loveable Losers » Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:25 pm

Yoda wrote:
The Loveable Losers wrote:The Hardball Times has an awesome article on Mauer including some nice 'eye candy' (a link to a picture of Mauer's current girlfriend ;) ):

http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/artic ... auer-show/

They make a fairly good case that he should be in the MVP consideration this year...not that a catcher on a losing team is going to win the MVP given the current MVP voters but his win shares above replacement are tops in the league up to this point.


Based on how writers vote, Mauer would need to keep his batting average up and hit for a lot more power and Minnie needs to make the playoffs for him to even come close to winning an MVP.


Exactly. He may have contributed more to his team winning so far than any other player in baseball but David Ortiz couldn't even win it last year simply because he 'doesn't play in the field'. These guys are looking for a specific type of player for the MVP and the catcher on a losing team doesn't fit the bill .350+ hitter or not. Now if he hit a lot of home runs maybe that would change their tune - MVP voters dig the longball. :P
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Postby Trot Nixon » Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:28 pm

Mauer...ha! He's not even 5th best catcher...in the AL!





....according to the fans who vote for the all star team :-P
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Postby Half Massed » Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:48 pm

Due to his plate discipline, Mauer may have a chance to hit .350. He's walking more (26) than he's striking out (22) this year, which makes pitchers have to throw more hittable pitches to get him out as he won't chase a bad pitch very often. It looks like his plate discipline is improving even over last year, where he walked 61 times and K'd 64. He has the ability to hold off and wait for his pitch even at his young age now. Pitchers know this or will learn it the longer he spends in the league succeeding, which will result in more hittable pitches.
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