View Full Version : Joe Mauer is Jack Bauer
06-29-2006, 09:16 AM
Serving as Minnesota's designated hitter Wednesday, the catcher went 2-for-3 with a walk to improve his major league-best batting average to .392. He went 11-for-13 in the three-game sweep and had hits in eight consecutive at-bats before grounding out in the second inning. He is batting .484 (46-for-95) in June.
"What Joe Mauer's doing is sick," Hunter said, laughing. "Single, single, single, single, double. Single, single, single, triple. He's 23 years old. What's he going to do when he gets man muscles?"
Joe Mauer is the best player on earth right now.
06-29-2006, 10:00 AM
17 out of 28 scouting directors picked Mike Radcliff of Twins as best SD, and a big part of the reputation is the selection of Mauer (over Mark Prior)
they keep drafting catchers who go on to hit so well that they can't be catchers anymore. What a problem. They don't draft Dane Sardinhas. (they did draft Javier Valentin pre-Radcliff)
06-29-2006, 10:04 AM
Yeah, IIRC signability was also an issue with Mauer over Prior, as they didn't want to pony up the bonus Prior would command.
Any way you slice it, Mauer is off the charts.
06-29-2006, 01:02 PM
Mauer is also a local product (Cretin Durham Hall HS), which always goes over well in the Twin Cities. Mauer's approach reminds me a ton of Gwynn. He doesn't care about power at all. He just goes with wherever the pitch is thrown and makes solid contact.
06-29-2006, 06:20 PM
IIRC, didn't Minnesota fans/press bellyache about them drafting him, even with him being a local product?
06-29-2006, 06:37 PM
It was the year of Mark Prior's coming out party.
Back then, he was faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings with a single bound.
06-29-2006, 06:54 PM
That was a fun draft year. Mark Prior, Dewon Brazelton, and Mark Teixeira were all realistic possibilities at #1 for the Twins (can't remember if Gavin Floyd was or not...), but the Twins absolutely refused to pick them because of their contract demands. Heck, when the Twins took Mauer, he hadn't even agreed to a deal at that point. It was unclear if they were even going to sign him!
Happily for them, it turned out quite well.
06-29-2006, 07:43 PM
Mauer < Denorfia
06-29-2006, 07:48 PM
Best. Nickname. Recently.
06-29-2006, 08:32 PM
Mauer < Denorfia
But Mauer ain't bad for 2nd place :D
06-29-2006, 10:02 PM
excellent thread title
06-30-2006, 08:45 AM
John Kruk = Edgar
06-30-2006, 09:17 AM
I just heard on XM that Mauer is dating Miss USA, Chelsey Cooley.
Sounds like he's looking for an upgrade to James Bond status.
06-30-2006, 11:56 PM
If he doesn't watch it the real Bauer will be upset
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