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  1. zchrz's Avatar
    The only person Mauer is really blocking anytime soon is maybe Vargas or Harrison in a year or two. First offers the least wear and tear, the smallest learning curve, and should allow him to not only stay healthy and on the field more but also let him focus his energy on hitting.
  2. mnfireman's Avatar
    Where else do you play him? Buxton, Hicks & Arcia are the OF of the future, Sano is the 3B of the future and Mauer's concussion issues won't let him play C anymore.

    If the team had given him all off-season to learn 3B it might be a different story, but they thought Sano would be ready to go, so that is what it is. Maybe they deal Willingham and move Arcia to LF and move Mauer to RF, but then Buxton comes up next year and you have to move Mauer again.

    I would rather have Mauer, Willingham and Arcia in the line-up everyday over Colabello.
  3. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    It appears that 2011 was a career year for him in MiLB and MLB.
    Sadly, he's had nothing like it before or since.

    Good luck to him, but he has no business on an MLB roster until he gets something figured out. And that something needs to look like it did in 2011.
  4. lightfoot789's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dainir
    If they were both on the same team, I would say player A isn't doing his job very well.

    Player B is scoring on 53% of his singles and doubles.

    Whereas player A is scoring on 52% of his singles and doubles.
    Interesting - So should player "A" be batting 7th or 8th and player "B" become the new clean up hitter. How would Joe do as a clean up hitter?
  5. lightfoot789's Avatar
    The OBP is somewhat unrealistic for Player "A". That being said: With a slightly better OBP (.320), but better similar numbers in other categories, who would you then take?
    Player "A" is fictional - Player "B" is Joe Mauer's average numbers over 10 years.

    I hope we never become a money ball team. I like bunts and stolen bases and hit and runs. Play small ball with your small ball guys and let your Big Boppers do the Bopping. That should be the Twins Way of the future. Lot's of speed on the horizon and lot's of Power.

    The same way Jake Mauer led the Kernels to the BEST record in the MiLB. And he did it with a pitching staff that was 8th out of 16 teams. Speed and Power will be the Twins Way. Chemistry and Character will determine our future. How do our pieces fit moving forward? Is there chemistry with our prospects and Big Leaguers? Just do your job doesn't always work. I'm excited to see the chemistry of our lower level teams. Winning breeds winning.
  6. Dainir's Avatar
    If they were both on the same team, I would say player A isn't doing his job very well.

    Player B is scoring on 53% of his singles and doubles.

    Whereas player A is scoring on 52% of his singles and doubles.
  7. tobi0040's Avatar
    I wrote a similar blog awhile back. My take is in the short term Mauer would probably be better than Sano, Arcia, and Willingham at their respective positions.

    Long term if Sano sticks at 3B we could put Mauer in LF. Arcia in RF is he sticks or DH/1B if he doesn't. Flip Hicks for a pitcher or SS. And sign a good DH/1B in the mold of Cruz.

    I am hoping that we have Mauer at 1B because we want Sano and Arcia to stay where they are and we need time to evaluate. And we have Willingham in LF because we want to maximize his trade value. Long term, I agree Mauer's athleticism and arm would be a waste at 1B.
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