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Joe Mauer takes over active career lead in batting average

May 15, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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Albert Pujols and Ichiro Suzuki are slowing down and Joe Mauer is on fire right now, which has allowed Mauer to take over the active career lead in batting average at .324.

Here’s the leaderboard:

Joe Mauer         .324
Albert Pujols     .323
Ichiro Suzuki     .321
Miguel Cabrera    .320
Todd Helton       .320
Joey Votto        .317
Ryan Braun        .313
Derek Jeter       .313
Matt Holliday     .312
Robinson Cano     .308

Not bad for a catcher.

  1. Stiller43 - May 15, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    No Clint Barmes?

    • stlouis1baseball - May 15, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      No Brendan Ryan?

  2. historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Hmmm, there’s no pitchers on that list.

    • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      No 3B or CF either

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        I am sure you are mistaken about one Miguel Cabrera, MVP, Sir.

      • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        Nope. :-)

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        Booo!!!

        /throws peanuts

  3. mianfr - May 15, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Todd Helton still the most impressive… At this point, it’s been too long to say it’s just pre-Humidor Coors.

    • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      He’s the least impressive on the list. Coors is still the best hitters park in the league, and Helton has played 1/2 his games there.

    • carbydrash - May 15, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Well, it’s not *all* pre-humidor Coors and Helton was an excellent ballplayer no matter where he played…ain’t nobody gonna argue that t….*BUT* his numbers were certainly better pre-humidor, and by quite a lot.

      Helton’s career numbers are home? 78 more home runs than on the road, 192 points higher OPS, 136 points higher slugging percentage, hitting .349 v .289

      What are these guy’s career averages on the road?

      Joe Mauer .321
      Albert Pujols .318
      Ichiro Suzuki .321
      Miguel Cabrera .313
      Todd Helton *.289*
      Joey Votto .332
      Ryan Braun .316
      Derek Jeter .309
      Matt Holliday .*289* (CO is still home to the majority of his at bats)
      Robinson Cano .314

  4. chill1184 - May 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Nice going Mauer

    • sabatimus - May 15, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Don’t you mean “well played, Mauer”?

  5. billyboots - May 15, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    I think Mauer’s status as the best hitter in baseball is well deserved. Look who he has to protect him: Morneau used to be a threat but hasn’t been the same since his concussion, Cuddyer is long gone, Kubel skipped town, and Gardenhire has seen fit to fill out the roster card with a bunch of Nick Punto-clones.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 15, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Highest BA != best hitter.

      • sabatimus - May 15, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Oh god, are we going to have another “pure hitter” discussion? I know Mauer doesn’t hit a lot of HRs, but his career OBP is .406, which means he shows discipline at the plate as well as hitting the ball.

      • billyboots - May 15, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Sorry if you don’t think he’s the best hitter, but I do. I think you can make a solid argument for several other players and I realize that I have a Minnesota bias, but there it is. I think Mauer is the best because he does the most with the least.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 15, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Oh god, are we going to have another “pure hitter” discussion?

        No, but the only measure that’s being discussed here is BA. If you want to make a claim that he’s the best hitter, I’d add a little more context than just BA. Since Mauer played a full season in ’05, he’s 28th in wOBA and 22nd in wRC+. If you want to set a limit at 4000 PA to remove guys like Bonds and Ramirez, those numbers go up to 14th and 10th. I’d clearly take Cabrera and Votto over him now. Top 10 you can make a case for, but not best hitter.

      • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        Mauer is a damned good hitter, but he isn’t better than Votto or Cabrera or Fielder or Holliday or Braun or Posey or Cano or Tulo or a lot of other guys. Yes, the OBP is great…but there are a lot of guys with similar OBP that hit for a LOT more more power….you can give away 20 pts of OBP for 100+ pts of SLG and come out way ahead…and a lot of these guys are giving away any OBP to Mauer.

      • dluxxx - May 16, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        I realize that I’m late to the discussion. I was really busy at work yesterday.

        But here’s my two cents. Mauer is a great hitter for average. Possibly the best hitter for average in modern baseball. He hits a lot of singles. And a lot of doubles. Is he lacking in homeruns? Sure, but he’s never been that.

        Now would I rather have “a Votto or Cabrera or Fielder or Holliday or Braun or Posey or Cano or Tulo”? Not really. They’d be nice to have and I think Cabrera is probably the best in the business right now, but not a one of them plays a premium defensive positon, and that is why Joe Mauer is so valuable. You need to look at the whole package, not just the hitting.

      • dluxxx - May 16, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        Okay, Buster Posey also plays a premium positon, but I’ll still take Mauer. When Posey signs a new deal, he’ll easily make more than Mauer will…

  6. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - May 15, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Albert’s number is barely going to be .300 by the time he hangs up his glove.

    • flamethrower101 - May 15, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      At the rate he’s going he might hang up his glove after next year. He’s gonna have to really, really suck in order to bring his average down below .300 by then.

  7. marjorine1 - May 15, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    I have it on good authority that he is doing roids. Just saying.

    • kopy - May 15, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      So? Just saying.

    • mntreehugger - May 15, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      I’m going to pistol whip the next guy to say ‘just saying’

      • wlschneider09 - May 15, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        That’s pretty funny coming from a poster with a treehugger title.

        Just sayin’

  8. moogro - May 15, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    If he removed just only the slicing fly balls straight at the left fielder he would be ridiculous.

  9. kurtiswes - May 15, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Of all those mentioned Joe Mauer has the best chance of challenging .400 in his career.

  10. bryco9 - May 16, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Still doesn’t deserve $24 million a year, I don’t care if he’s batting .400 or .500. Well maybe .500, but that said he’s a .300, 10 home run, 65 RBI guy, if he played any other position none of this would be a talking point.

    • dluxxx - May 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Ah yes. Becuase RBI and HR are a great way to judge hitting talent…

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