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Fair question. But if the goal is to make sure Mauer is on the field regularly and contributing as one of the best OBP guys in baseball, he shouldn't catch anymore. He can't stay on the field.
Yeah, I agree with Phil. Mauer's bat is so valuable that the Twins should try to do everything they can to keep him in the lineup as close to 150 games as possible.
It bothers me that Joe Mauer and Terry Ryan are going with, "Well, he has always been our catcher, so that's what he'll be as long as he wants to." Really?
@listenerbob: Surprised to hear that you feel that way. We rip the Twins plenty.
Continuing to do something just because "well, that's what we've always done," is a terrible business mindset. Imagine if Dunkin' Donuts kept pushing donuts as their main selling prop, rather than coffee. They'd be boarded up.
@listenerbob: How do you figure we are "kissing up" to Twins management? In what way?
They have up to $40 million to spend, from what I'm told. It's totally up to the front office if they spend it. So, we shall see. They need pitching, and Alex Meyer won't be enough.
I don't think Souhan is a Twins apologist, and Dubay has some really insightful takes, albeit from a different perspective than mine
If you take Joe Mauer's numbers before the concussion, he'd rank 3rd among first basemen in OBP... 6th in OPS... 1st in AVG... and probably top five defensively
Bob, I think very highly of Terry Ryan, having talked baseball with him over the past two years. He is very astute.
But with that said, I tend to agree with what Phil said on the air the other day about not knowing the current price of bread in the market
"But he isn't worth $23 million as a first baseman!" ... My response to that is his contract IS NOT preventing the Twins from spending more money. So what's the difference? There's no salary cap.
@Harry: I definitely agree that all coaches/managers' voices have expiration dates. But look at the players Gardenhire has been handed the last three years. Cole De Vries, Liam Hendriks, P.J. Walters, Trevor Plouffe, Doug Bernier... Are you kidding? NOBODY could manage these guys to 85 wins. NOBODY.
That's why it's hard to blame Gardenhire.
Now, about that postseason record? OK, that's bad.
Bob's comment below is referring to Mauer, I believe, not Gardenhire. Just an FYI
Harry... Isn't that your fault?
"I can't name anyone on the A's so their manager must be performing voodoo to make them win 95 games."
Bill Smith was fired because he didn't evaluate talent well
I'm going to Stone Cold Stun all of you.
haha. Cool, Phil.................
@Franklin: Franklin, it's likely Joe Mauer will be a 4 WAR first baseman. That would put him among the top 5 at his position.
@Harry: To some degree, sure. But since 2006, the Twins have drafted exactly TWO pitchers who have made a start in the MLB starting rotation -- Kyle Gibson and Jeff Manship. That's a development problem.