Re: Joe Mauer is Jack Bauer
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.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.