Hahahahahahaha.....you all are killing me with this crap!!!
First off.....to all the people who are whinning about Mauer's "Back issues"??? Let's see....Yes, he did have back issues that promoted a late season start for him.....and Yes, he had issues the first couple to few weeks of the season with his back......However, wasn't when he first started playing (and with his back all jacked up) that he had been hitting the long balls??? Now that his back is getting better his HR count has lowered but his Avg. still remains. This being said, maybe the Derby will twist his back a few more ways so that after the break he starts getting his HR swing back!!!!
Next........anyone who agrees that Mauer won't pop out at least 5 more bombs within the rest of the season then Please.....Oh please.....give me your credentials so that we can get some sort of bets going!!! This guy has all the tools and has shown us all that he is the real deal in AVG. and in poppin a few out of the park so, I think the main issue of his HR decline has been his motivation to do so and I feel that letting him in the HR Derby will give him the confidence (as well as a little practice/adjustment) so when he get's back to regular games he is hitting them out again. (My money is on him hitting the first one within the first or second game back.....mark my words)!!!
Side note - Sure, anyone in the Derby will put strain on their bodies but after watching the derby for a while I have noticed that in the past couple years players have taken it less serious as usual so I don't really see Mauer going out there and crackin the ball as hard as he can just to win if he feels a twinge in his back! (I would think he would lay off and let someone else take the prize)
Finally......I have Mauer, Inge and Cruz on 1 team alone so none of them better get injured/reinjured during this crap!!!...lol
so.......everyone that feels like this is a stupid idea then just wait and you'll see that this Cafe posting was all for nothing!
Let's enjoy the festivities!!!
My Team: (12 Team H2H 10CAT 5X5 Non-Keeper)
J.Mauer, R.Howard, I.Kinsler, R.Zimmerman, M.Tejada, N.Cruz, A.Lind, B.Inge, A.Hill (Bench-J.Votto, J.Ellsbury, N.Markakis)
R.Nolasco, J.Verlander, R.Romero, S.Kazmir, M.Garza, T.Hanson, K.Slowley(DL), M.Rivera, M.Caps, G.Sherrill