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Twins place Mauer on disabled list

Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:43 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 10:53 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Twins catcher Joe Mauer is headed to the disabled list with "bilateral leg weakness," the Twins announced after their extra-innings loss to the Rays.

The move hardly seems surprising considering Mauer sat out for the second straight game Thursday in favor of backup backstop Drew Butera. For a point of reference, Mauer never sat two consecutive games last season unless injured. He started the first 15 games of the 2010 season, too. Thursday's game was the Twins' 12th of the season. Mauer has only played in nine, so there was a red flag from the get-go.

Mauer did have injury issues in 2010 and offseason surgery on his knee, but that was said to be a thing of the past, as he'd seemed healthy for the last few weeks of spring training and the beginning of the 2011 regular season.

The Twins have gotten off to a 4-8 start while Mauer has struggled offensively -- and apparently with his health. Now the club will have to find a way to replace the offense they're used to getting from him on a very consistent basis. It's possible he's only out 15 days, but there's no way of knowing how serious the injury is. It goes without saying that if Mauer's lost for an extended period of time it's a huge blow to the Twins.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:13 am
 

Twins place Mauer on disabled list

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Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:48 am
 

Twins place Mauer on disabled list

I wasn't trying to insult you. To be honest I didn't click on your name to see who you're a fan of either. You said that you didn't blame the Twins for signing Mauer to that long term deal.  I guess what I'm saying is that I do blame the twins for what they did.  I think they felt tremendous pressure to sign him or risk losing fans.  It would have made more sense in my opinion to trade him for a spectactular package of players instead of the risk they took.    That being said I honestly don't have any problem with anybody that shares your opinion..... everybody thinks differently. 
The thing about Mauer is -- He is a hometown kid.  He is far and away the best catcher in the game.  He will be in the prime of his career for much of the contract.  Injuries are going to happen -- Minnesota does a good job of giving him breaks and hitting at DH.  It is unfortunate that he is experiencing issues from his offseason surgery.

If this was the old Twins -- they would have done exactly what you said.  Either let him sign with another team and take the two first round picks a team would have give them to sign him or trade him outright for a package of players.  With the new stadium -- There wasn't a chance they wouldn't make him a Twin for life though.  He puts fans in the seats.

The organization has steadily increased their payroll over the years and kind of wiped away the memories of the old Twins, where they would compete with a 50-60 million dollar payroll.  Detroit is a team people comment try to buy a championship and the Twins have a payroll 7 million dollars higher than the Tigers this year.

I do know I don't feel sorry for the Twins -- they always find a way to win and every game they drop at the start of this year is fine with me.  Especially with the fact the Tigers have now won 4 in row and still have 2 more games with the A's and then 3 with Mariners (and they don't have to face Felix)  LOL





Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Twins place Mauer on disabled list

I'm kind of lost on why you decided to quote comments I made???  What points that I made did you disagree with?

I wasn't trying to insult you. To be honest I didn't click on your name to see who you're a fan of either. You said that you didn't blame the Twins for signing Mauer to that long term deal.  I guess what I'm saying is that I do blame the twins for what they did.  I think they felt tremendous pressure to sign him or risk losing fans.  It would have made more sense in my opinion to trade him for a spectactular package of players instead of the risk they took.    That being said I honestly don't have any problem with anybody that shares your opinion..... everybody thinks differently. 
lso -- you can call Minnesota a small to mid market team, but the fact is, they have a payroll of 112 million which only 8 teams in the league have a higher payroll and a brand new stadium as well.

Morneau and Mauer's extensions had a lot to do with their number being that high.   A brand new stadium is nice and helps teams do these things but in the long run I'm not sure Minnesota wouldn't have done just as well with a much smaller payroll.



Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Twins place Mauer on disabled list

Geez, guys. Mauer will be back in 15 days. The Twins contend not because they have stars. They contend because they have a philosophy. Their pitchers throw strikes, especially first pitch strikes. They play good solid defense. They hit the cutoff man. You don't contend with the kind of payroll they have every year without a solid plan.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Twins place Mauer on disabled list

First of all, forget that I'm not a Twins fan.  I'm a huge sports fan with MLB being a sport I follow very closely and have for years.  And I respect the twins so don't come back to me with crazy insulting posts because my intention isn't to insult the Twins, trying to be logical.
When Mauer's contract was coming up I predicted the Twins would have a difficult time signing him, but I was wrong.  Difficult or not they got it done.  I knew there wouldn't be a home team discount that some predicted because players like this for many reasons just don't do that. Mauer is a special player, excellent defensively, batting champion and has shown some pop in his bat.   Throw in the fact he's a character player and that management and teammates love the guy and it seemed like a no brainer.  But there's the thing though...
Signing ANY CATCHER to a deal like that is flat out ridiculous to say the least.  Minnesota is not willing to spend unlimited amounts of money like the Yankees and pay big luxury tax dollars year after year like the Yankees do.   They aren't and will never use the Yankee approach to build a team like that.   It would have made a lot more sense to trade Mauer a year ago then it did to sign him to that extension.  They would have received a sick package of players and top prospects in return because the guy is that good and there are always a few teams that'll take the risk.
Minnesota was not a team that should have taken that risk.   They've never built their solid and competitive teams with 20 million dollar per year players and they didn't need to start doing that now.  I think the problem is Minnesota's management felt pressure from the team's fans to start spending..... and that they did.  
So now they are stuck with a guy guaranteed almost 200 million dollars over the next 8 years with absolutely no guarantee he'll be healthy along the way.  A contract like this can cripple small to medium size market teams..... hopefully it doesn't cripple the Twins because it would be a shame to see that happen.
I'm kind of lost on why you decided to quote comments I made???  What points that I made did you disagree with?

Also -- you can call Minnesota a small to mid market team, but the fact is, they have a payroll of 112 million which only 8 teams in the league have a higher payroll and a brand new stadium as well.  Minnesota was going to pay Mauer whatever it took to get him to be a Twin for life.  He is a hometown player and in the prime of his career.  And outside of Boston -- no team in the MLB is going to spend like the Yankees, so you can't compare Minny to NY.

And you don't have to worry about me getting upset over your post -- I'm not a Twins fan either.  I'm a Tigers fan.


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Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:05 pm
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Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 10:58 am
 

Twins place Mauer on disabled list

i guess Joe Mauer isn't 'head and shoulders' above the rest after all.



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: April 15, 2011 10:29 am
 

Twins place Mauer on disabled list

Mauer's contract is too huge for the Twins.  He may be a great player, but he is not produced in the playoffs and has been injury prone.  The Twins' window to win the world series is closing and they likely will need to start rebuilding in 2013.  Of course if 2011 does not turn around soon, the rebuilding may get pushed up a couple of years.  I said Smith's decision to trade away Morales (especially for nothing) was a complete head scratcher and it has already hurt the team.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2011 10:25 am
 

Twins place Mauer on disabled list

I don't blame the Twins for a second for giving him the contract, but you can't be suprised by the injuries, etc. that are going to happen over the length of the contract.  The physical toll that a catcher's body goes through is like no other position player on the field.

As you stated though -- people on these boards will rip the Twins for the contract they gave him, but no a single one of them wouldn't take Mauer on their team in a heartbeat.  It is a really tough loss for the Twins, especially with them struggling early.  

First of all, forget that I'm not a Twins fan.  I'm a huge sports fan with MLB being a sport I follow very closely and have for years.  And I respect the twins so don't come back to me with crazy insulting posts because my intention isn't to insult the Twins, trying to be logical.
When Mauer's contract was coming up I predicted the Twins would have a difficult time signing him, but I was wrong.  Difficult or not they got it done.  I knew there wouldn't be a home team discount that some predicted because players like this for many reasons just don't do that. Mauer is a special player, excellent defensively, batting champion and has shown some pop in his bat.   Throw in the fact he's a character player and that management and teammates love the guy and it seemed like a no brainer.  But there's the thing though...
Signing ANY CATCHER to a deal like that is flat out ridiculous to say the least.  Minnesota is not willing to spend unlimited amounts of money like the Yankees and pay big luxury tax dollars year after year like the Yankees do.   They aren't and will never use the Yankee approach to build a team like that.   It would have made a lot more sense to trade Mauer a year ago then it did to sign him to that extension.  They would have received a sick package of players and top prospects in return because the guy is that good and there are always a few teams that'll take the risk.
Minnesota was not a team that should have taken that risk.   They've never built their solid and competitive teams with 20 million dollar per year players and they didn't need to start doing that now.  I think the problem is Minnesota's management felt pressure from the team's fans to start spending..... and that they did.  
So now they are stuck with a guy guaranteed almost 200 million dollars over the next 8 years with absolutely no guarantee he'll be healthy along the way.  A contract like this can cripple small to medium size market teams..... hopefully it doesn't cripple the Twins because it would be a shame to see that happen.




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2011 9:58 am
 

Twins place Mauer on disabled list



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