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Aug 31, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

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Joe Mauer is doing his usual thing at the plate, hitting .312 with a league-leading .406 on-base percentage and limited power, but the Twins catcher has thrown out just 12 percent of stolen base attempts after coming into the season with a career rate of 35 percent.

Parker Hageman of Twins Daily broke down the video and the numbers to examine what’s going on with the three-time Gold Glove winner:

What has happened to Joe Mauer’s defense?

  1. icanspeel - Aug 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Spent too much time on his hair.

    • b7p19 - Aug 31, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      Oh, cause he was in that commercial….

      • ajcardsfan - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        No because he took on Troy Polamalu in a hair modeling contest

  2. heyblueyoustink - Aug 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Did anyone check the wood chipper?

  3. Charles Gates - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    He’s still hitting well enough to still win the Gold Glove though.

    • missthemexpos - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Speaking of hitting well enough, I think Derek Jeter has another Gold Glove sewn up.

  4. hansob - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    How do we not have some sort of Glove-to-Glove stat yet for catchers trying to throw out runners? We’ve got stats we don’t need, but we still don’t have a stat that tells us the average time it takes from the ball hitting the catcher’s glove for him to get it to the SS/2B glove. Throw in some accuracy measurement, and you have a metric. I know this means actually looking at film, but there aren’t THAT many steal attempts per day (maybe 3-5 per game, 50-75 per day?)

    Or is there something like that out there?

  5. b453841l - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I’d venture to say that one of the major reasons is that he no longer has Nick Punto scrapping it up as an everyday player on his team. His headfirst slides in his failed attempts to “steal” first are the sort of thing that make opponents think twice about running.

    But seriously, might it be that none of the Twins starters from the beginning of the year are starters anymore? More than likely the young inexperienced pitchers are just worse at holding runners. I’d imagine it also more mentally taxing calling/catching an inexperienced staff with an ever-rotating cast; you just aren’t as familiar with the various pitchers and their abilities.

    Ultimately, it might just be that the team is so bad overall, he just doesn’t care as much. Not as though he’s consciously given up, but sort of subconsciously not engaging in the game on the level where he would if those around him were excelling.

  6. schrutebeetfarms - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Hard to throw out runners when you’ve become a light hitting first baseman.

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