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Mauer won't be switching positions anytime soon

Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:49 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 7:22 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Joe MauerWhen Joe Mauer returns to the Twins, he will be behind the plate, manager Ron Gardenhire said on Tuesday.

Asked if Mauer, who is currently DHing in extended spring training in Florida, would play any other position than catcher when he returns, Gardenhire said no.

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

No, Joe’s a catcher. He’s coming back as a catcher. He signed an eight-year deal to catch in the big leagues for the Minnesota Twins, so we’re trying to get him back as a catcher. If it doesn’t work out when he comes back, then we’re going to have to figure somewhere else, and that’s a lot harder than everybody makes it out to be. We have some corner people who are pretty good baseball players, and (we) try not to fire the really good players that we have.

He could play anywhere. Joe could probably move around pretty good. He played in the infield as a young player; we could probably make him the tallest shortstop since Cal Ripken. But right now he’s a catcher -- until Joe deems that he can’t do it anymore, or we deem that he’s not physically able to do that. But we believe he is, if he just gets healthy.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:10 am

Mauer won't be switching positions anytime soon

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:06 am

Mauer won't be switching positions anytime soon

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Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:56 am

Mauer won't be switching positions anytime soon

It's beginning to sound more and more like there is a very serious health issue regarding Mauer.  The Twins organization has been extremely tight lipped about the whole thing and he is still just DHing in Florida? 

This organization took a terible trun when Billy Smith was elevated to replace Terry Ryan.  Poor trades and lack of good signings have decimated the bullpen and the farm system.  The good thing is the Pohlad's are money hungry and if the fan base shows apathy they will act and replace Smith.  Ryan is still young enought to come back (he still helps in the organization) and train a new GM to be.

On the field however we are destined for a disaster this year.  Morneau may never be the same, Delmon Young is playing terrible in a contract year (he had his career year last year), Joe Nathan is done - forever, Pavano is back to his salary wasting self and Liriano doesn;t know what/who he wants to be.  Cuddy is over the hill.  Valencia is either achieving at his level or last year he had a career year as a rookie...Thome's injured more than not, Kubel could be out a while as well. 

Bright spots - Schwarzer, Nishi is back in a couple weeks, Blackburn and Baker pitching better.  Span having a normal season. However with a weak SS, a non existent 2B, a light hitting 1B and a 2nd yr. 3B does not bode well for the rest of 2011.

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2011 10:10 pm

Mauer won't be switching positions anytime soon

I thought the Twins were more interested in protecting their alleged best player rather than put him on the field and actually make him earn his money. Kirk Gibson wouldn't put up with this. Soon Minnesota will have all 25 on the SL with all of Rochester playing for the Twins. The same guys that were like 45-795 last year. If Gardy wins another game this year maybe he'll be considered for Manager of the Year again.

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