There are more male baseball fans than female, yet when you go to Target Field, the male/female ratio is pretty even. Among the females attending the games, it seems like half are wearing a pink Mauer jersey and the other half are holding up 'Marry me Mauer' signs. Attendance would suffer.
Originally Posted by mike wants wins
Die hard baseball fans who populate sites like this and waste our time analyzing stats on Fangraphs, contracts on Cot's and scream at each other about who should be the 25th man on the roster only make up a small percentage of the people who attend the games
I'd trade both Mauer and Morneau to the Red Sox for:
and 1 or 2 of:
If the Twins made this move, I think they'd have to trade Span and Willingham in order to build a team that could blossom together. Maybe package them to Atlanta for Delgado and Teheran or to the Mariners for Hultzen and Paxton. With all of these moves, our 2014 roster would look something like this:
Originally Posted by nicksaviking
They could always trade Mauer for Valencia.
I'll be here all nigh folks.
For every fan that pays to see Mauer, how many more would go if this team was great without Mauer....this is not about hard core fans like on this site at all....this is about casual fans. I am certain that in a city this size that if the Twins were great, they would sell out every game.....clearly many of you disagree....and I am now bored of this part of the topic.
I'm pretty sure the PR hit would be of Biblical proportions if Mauer was traded, even if Boston gave up their top 10 prospects to take him, took on Nick BlackBurn, and picked up all of Mauer's salary...
I agree that no one should be off the table, but I highly doubt that Boston would be willing to give up what it would take to get Ryan to take the hit.... call me crazy.
Really bad, as Terry Ryan's first response would be: Bill Who?
Originally Posted by Willihammer
Isn't his forthcoming marriage going to put a dent in this anyway??
Originally Posted by nicksaviking
Eye candy is easy to find. Drew Butera is great eye candy but I don't think anyone is suggesting that the Twins keep him around for that reason.
Recall the hit in attendance the Twins took when Griffith fired Billy Martin? Losing fan favorites does have a risk to hammer attendance.
I think it makes total sense for both teams to move Mauer to Boston, Boston gives Mauer the best of both worlds, a chance to win, and a chance to be one of the best hitters ever with the short left field. Face it, at this point Mauer isn't going change his swing any time soon, he bats in the 3 hole in the lineup, and doesn't hit for power, if he hits off the wall in Boston the 3 hole is perfect for him. We can dump a lot of salary, with the signing of Meyer, get a couple high profile pitchers in a trade from Boston we have a legitimate roster building in the right direction. We have 30 million to work with now, imagine 53 million to add a middle infielder, and a starting rotation. Think about this as options, sign AJ back, add Scutaro, while signing Sanchez, Brandon McCarthy. I would way rather see something like that then keeping Mauer around. Imagine
That would be fun wouldn't it!!
I like where you're headed here. Earlier I proposed a deal that would include Lester and Bogaerts(SS). This would make your proposed lineup even more fun!
Originally Posted by rogrulz30
I usually write off fan reaction to player moves as overrated, but this is an interesting counter example I had not thought of.
Originally Posted by OldManWinter
If Joe Mauer played for Boston, they'd have to rename the Green Monster to something nicer.