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Joe Mauer: signs of offensive life

Jul 19, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

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It’s been a mostly-lost season for Joe Mauer, what with injury and ineffectiveness and all of that.  But July has been much kinder to the former MVP. Yesterday Mauer went 6 for 8 in the doubleheader against Cleveland, with a double and an RBI.  That day raised his average 30 points, from .260 to .290.

For the month of July he’s at .333/.448/.354. Which, yeah, is a funny-looking line, bereft of power.  Which is something that could be even more worrisome when one realizes that there’s a distinct possibility that his future is at first base rather than behind the plate.

It’s far too early to say whether Joe Mauer is looking at more of a Wally Joyner future instead of a Johnny Bench future, however, and for now I think the Twins will take the hits as they come and hope that the power soon follows.

  1. entersandman42ny - Jul 19, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    It’s good to see Mauer finally starting to get healthy and produce offensively, but he will never live up to the contract he signed last offseason. His value is primarily as a catcher, where he is great defensively and offensively, but if he is moved to first base or third base, he loses his value. His offensive numbers are superior to all catchers, but just above average for your prototypical corner infielder.

    • cowdisciple - Jul 19, 2011 at 11:40 AM

      I don’t understand how the “corner infielder” perception keeps itself going. Third and first are not at all similar in terms of typical offensive production. Third is similar to second, not first. There’s a huge difference.

      • entersandman42ny - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:04 PM

        Corner infield spots and corner outfield spots are typically the big power hitting positions. The middle infielders, center fielders, and catchers are typically light hitting with good gloves. I don’t know how you can compare third base with second base production.

      • cowdisciple - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:25 PM

        You’re wrong. Here are the positional adjustments used in WAR, which are based on the average offensive production at a given position:

        Catcher: +12.5 runs
        Shortstop: +7.5 runs
        Second Base: +2.5 runs
        Third Base: +2.5 runs
        Center Field: +2.5 runs
        Left Field: -7.5 runs
        Right Field: -7.5 runs
        First Base: -12.5 runs
        Designated Hitter: -17.5 runs

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