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Mauer is Minnesota (and you can stop dreaming!)

Posted on: March 21, 2010 7:48 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2010 7:57 pm
 
So they can stop dreaming in New York, and they can stop dreaming in Boston.

Yes, they were dreaming, when they suggested that Joe Mauer would be a Yankee, or that he could end up with the Red Sox.

Joe Mauer is Minnesota, and Joe Mauer is staying in Minnesota. And really, this was never going to end any other way.

It's hard to say Mauer took a hometown discount to stay -- his eight-year, $184 million contract is slightly higher than what Mark Teixeira got from the Yankees -- but it's also easy to believe that Mauer could have commanded even more money on the open market at the end of this year.

But as CBSSports.com colleague Scott Miller wrote in his Twins camp report two weeks back, there was as much a chance of Minnesota seceding from the union and signing with Canada as there was of Mauer leaving the Twins and signing with the Yankees, the Red Sox, or any other team that plays more than 100 miles from where he grew up, in St. Paul, Minn.

As Scott wrote back in November, the day Mauer was named the American League's Most Valuable Player, "It's impossible to picture Mauer leaving the Twins because, well, he's more Minnesota than ice fishing."

He also may well be the best position player in baseball. It's him or Albert Pujols, and it could well be Mauer, because a great catcher is a lot tougher to find than a great first baseman.

Had he wanted to leave the Twins, or had the Twins been silly enough (or cheap enough) to force him to leave, the Yankees and Red Sox no doubt would have fought over him. He would have fit in very nicely in either place.

It was just last week that the New York Daily News suggested Mauer as the next Yankees catcher after Jorge Posada. And just a week or so earlier that the Boston Globe suggested again that he was perfect for the Red Sox.

That's fine, but the place Mauer fits best is in Minnesota, as the face of the franchise and the face of brand-new Target Field. The place he's most perfect is the place where he was raised.

As one Twins person said last week, Mauer is bigger in Minnesota than Kirby Puckett ever was, bigger than Harmon Killebrew ever was.

The Twins couldn't let him leave. They were never going to let him leave.

Joe Mauer wasn't going to leave.

And now everyone can stop dreaming that he will.



Category: MLB
Tags: Joe Mauer, Twins
 
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Mauer is Minnesota (and you can stop dreaming!)




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Mauer is Minnesota (and you can stop dreaming!)




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:24 pm
 

Mauer is Minnesota (and you can stop dreaming!)

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:55 am
 

Mauer is Minnesota (and you can stop dreaming!)

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Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2010 4:53 pm
 

Mauer is Minnesota (and you can stop dreaming!)

As far as 1991 is concerned, the Yankees did not have a large payroll that year. They had only one player making over $3 million dollars a year (a no longer effective Don Mattingly). The Twins had two of the highest paid players in the game, Jack Morris and Kirby Puckett, both making over $3 million dollars that year. Also 1991 was the 10th consecutive year that the Yankees did not make the playoffs, a streak that would continue until a Wild Card berth in 1995. So, no, Yankee fans nor the organization was wondering why the "small market" Twins won the World Series in 1991.

As far as Mauer being "the best hitter in a generation", where do you get that? He has had one outstanding offensive season, last year, in 5 full seasons. I will even concede that 2006 was an exceptional year for a catcher but .347 w/13 HRs and 84 RBIs are hardly all time numbers. His other batting title came with a .328 batting average w/9 HRs and 85 RBIs. His other two season he batted under .300 with fewer than 10 HRs and 61 RBIs. That equates to being in the conversation for best hitter in a generation??? Frankly, he doesn't compare offensively to at least two recent catchers (Piazza, Rodriguez), though those guys were PED poster boys. I won't waste my time discussing Albert Pujols numbers vs. Joe Mauer but you can see for yourself:




There is no question he is currently the best all around catcher in the game, though. Any team would be lucky to have him. Congratulations, Twins.



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2010 4:18 pm
 

Mauer is Minnesota (and you can stop dreaming!)

As a Royals fan, I am happy for Minnesota fans that Joe Mauer will stick around with the Twins for a long time.  Bad news is we have to face him 18 times a year in the Central.

Not only was it important for the Twins to keep Joe, it was important for the fans of other teams in the division as well.  This will put the pressure on the Tigers, Indians, White Sox and Royals to keep up.  Maybe this meand the Glass fan=mily will keep Billy Butler if he continues to develop and Zack Greinke around KC. 

There is no right or wrong way to put together a team.  It depends on your market and finances.  The way the Royals or Twins can put together a team is different than the Cardinals.  The Cards do it differently than the Yankees, Dodgers, and Red Sox.  No system is perfect.  Each has its advantages and disadvantages.

On second thought, the Twins are being like the Cardinals now in many ways.  Similar market sizes. 

As long as no rules are broken, teams are free to go their own ways.  Hopefully your team is more successful than the others.  Take it form someone who's team has not been a success on the field the last 15 years.

Again, congrats to the Twins fans.  You got to keep your man.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2010 3:56 pm
 

Mauer is Minnesota (and you can stop dreaming!)

taco -
Of course they didn't know Carl has been deceased for over a year. It didn't happen in NY so why would they give a s--t? I'm sure if you ask any of them, nothing of American importance happens outside of NY. Arrogance at its finest, as usual...



Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2010 3:05 pm
 

Mauer is Minnesota (and you can stop dreaming!)

Some of the know-it-alls on here don't seem to realize Carl Pohlad has been dead for over a year now.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2010 2:53 pm
 

Mauer is Minnesota (and you can stop dreaming!)

as a yankees would have loved to sign him and yea better for baseball that he stays. people love to hate the yankees but u get what u pay for i pay 55 bucks a seat to sit in the 3rd deck and i love how i get to so my money on the field. u call it unfair and i say i u get what u pay for. but hey b happy twins stepped up and used some of that revenue sharing and tax money they will b using it again on justin mornuea twins while arent in the yankees world as far as payroll is concerned they are moving away from the lwo market teams they will b in the top 5 in payroll and will have a real advantage over the division they r in. yes yanks advantage is WORLDS ahead but twins fans have to realize that they r on their way to having a much bigger payroll then wsox, tigers, and kc


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