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#1 Posted on 21.3.10 1718.04
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Good for the Twins (and, by extension, good for baseball) to have Mauer staying put.
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#2 Posted on 21.3.10 1736.03
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Good for the Twins. Wonder if they would have opened the vault for Mauer if Cheapskate Carl was still around.
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#3 Posted on 21.3.10 2258.11
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And Twins fans everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief. Good for them for locking him up though, as them home-town prospects are very rare.
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#4 Posted on 22.3.10 0215.09
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I've never been happier to be wrong about something like I was about Mauer. I thought for sure he'd be bound for the Bronx next year.
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#5 Posted on 23.3.10 1005.53
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Things are much nicer in MN this week, indeed!
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#6 Posted on 24.3.10 1657.35
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At least Joe Mauer won't end up in the Bronx like many were expecting (or the Red Sox or any other higher payroll team).

Joe Mauer is better than A-Rod in terms of an overall baseball player and his hitting is more consistent which to me means he is worth more on the diamond than A-Rod.

The Twins probably made a wise decision because they should not let the best thing the club has go if the Twins could get some pitching, they might be an actual playoff threat instead of a Central division favorite.
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#7 Posted on 24.3.10 2336.36
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    Originally posted by The Game

    Joe Mauer is better than A-Rod in terms of an overall baseball player and his hitting is more consistent which to me means he is worth more on the diamond than A-Rod.

1. I have no idea what you mean when you say "in terms of an overall baseball player". Mauer had a monster hitting season in '09, but we have no idea if he can keep that up. I give A-Rod the edge in offensive production in previous years.

So taking offense out of the equation, I have no idea how you expect to compare the value a catcher brings defensively to what a 3rd baseman brings defensively. I'd say a good catcher is better than a good 3rd baseman, but numerically how good is A-Rod's defense, and how good is Mauer's? I don't think you can tell me, because I haven't found anyone anywhere who has been able to quantify a catcher's defensive ability.

2. I'm going to need to see some evidence before I take you on your word that Mauer was more consistent. I've just done some research myself which indicates that A-Rod's wOBA in any month over the last 7 years fluctuates by exactly what we would expect it to fluctuate due to small sample size (ie there is a lot of random chance involved in a sample of only 100 PA).

Or in other words, A-Rod's worst offensive month in the last 3 years was May of 2007 when he went went 24 for 102, for a batting average of .235. Mauer's worst month over that time period was June of 2007, when he hit .229. Neither is an indication that either player is somehow inconsistent.
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