Tag:Joe Mauer
Posted on: August 10, 2010 6:49 pm

Guillen pops off about Twins, Cubs

Ozzie Guillen Sometimes it's got to be easy to cover the White Sox -- turn on the tape recorder and let it go.

Of course, that could get old and make you worry about what Ozzie Guillen's going to say when you're not around.

Well, that wasn't a problem today for Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune . As the White Sox returned to Chicago for a showdown with the Twins, here's what Ozzie had to say:

"We're the ones here who should feel very comfortable because I remember a couple months ago we were 10 games behind them, and 30 games under .500," Guillen said. "Just give those guys a little credit to make the season where it is right now."

Guillen told a pack of reporters around him that if the Cubs and Sox had reversed positions, there might be only two people covering the Sox.

"When are they going to give our players the credit to be where we are right now?" Guillen asked. "When we beat the National League, we were a horse(bleep) team. When we beat Anaheim (Los Angeles Angels), they were going down. Now, Baltimore beat the (bleep) out of us, and nobody says anything.

"We have to be where we're supposed to be, and we have to play where we play. But just give those guys the credit. Just a little bit."

Guillen sarcastically waved his hands over a headline hyping the arrival of the Twins. "Who gives a (bleep) who's in town?" Guillen said. "How about, 'the White Sox are back in Chicago after a long trip.'

"Even my wife told me Minnesota is coming to town," Guillen said. "I said, 'Good, you dating somebody from there? Who cares."

So, who do you think his wife is dating? Well played, Mauer.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 21, 2010 12:25 pm

Strasburg most marketable young player

Stephen Strasburg Tired of the Stephen Strasburg hype? Too bad -- looks like Madison Avenue is preparing to pile on.

A survey of 50 sports business executives and media personalities by Sports Business Daily said the Nationals rookie is by far the most marketable major-league player under 25, named first on 62 percent of ballots. Strasburg was previously named the fourth-most marketable in all of MLB, behind Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer.

"He’s got a powerhouse agent [Scott Boras], and he’s got Nike in his camp," one respondent said. "I see all those things as developing him into somebody that can be a machine out there from a marketing perspective."

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was second in the survey, followed by the Braves' Jason Heyward and the Rays' David Price. Coming in fifth: Bryce Harper, the top draft pick in June who has yet to play a professional game.

Overall, the survey doesn't exactly paint a rosy picture of baseball's future marketability. Of the top five, you've got two guys in the Washington market (big market, but invisible team) and two in the Tampa market, and except for Strasburg your average baseball fan couldn't pick any of them out of a police lineup.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 4:58 pm

Mauer winning baseball's popularity contest

Joe Mauer In the final American League All-Star Game voting updates before Sunday's announcement of teams, Justin Morneau and Carl Crawford are hanging on for their spots in the homecoming court, while Joe Mauer continues to be the prettiest girl in the school, but is still like totally down-to-earth and cool, you know?

The chess club still has until Thursday to find a way to hack intuit he online voting system and make Yuniesky Betancourt the queen, but then when the Royals shortstop shows up to the dance, he'll take off his glasses, shake out his hair and everyone will discover the beautiful swan he was underneath a career 82 OPS+.

Anyway, Mark Teixeira is making a run at Morneau at first base, with Miguel Cabrera tight on his heels. Robinson Cano seems to have second locked up, as do Evan Longoria and Derek Jeter at third base and shortstop, respectively. Mauer is pounding Jorge Posada at catcher and Vladimir Guerrero has a comfortable lead at DH over Hideki Matsui. Really.

Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton and Crawford are the top three vote-getters in the outfield, as Crawford jumped in front of the Rangers Nelson Cruz in voting, despite his sore shoulder, for the final outfield spot.

Complete -- or at least a semi-complete -- leaderboard for the July 13 game in Anaheim is up at MLB.com .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 14, 2010 2:46 pm

AL All-Star voting

Major League Baseball released an update on voting for the American League All-Star team today, and all the position leaders maintained and increased their leads.

Twins catcher Joe Mauer is far and away the biggest vote-getter in the AL with 2,617,822 -- that's more than half a million more than the second-highest vote-getter, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

The Rangers' Nelson Cruz is hanging onto the third and final starting outfield spot, but teammate Josh Hamilton, who's batting .412 this month, is rising fast. He's in fourth place, about 87,000 votes back.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 7, 2010 2:14 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2011 4:15 pm

Morneau takes lead in All-Star voting

The latest batch of vote totals for the American League All-Star team was released today, and Minnesota's Justin Morneau was the only change at the top, passing the Yankees' Mark Teixeira to take the lead at first base. Morneau's teammate, catcher Joe Mauer , is the overall leading vote-getter with nearly 1.9 million votes.

Vote totals can be found here . The starting rosters will be announced July 4.
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