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Amid criticism, Mauer to alter offseason training

Posted on: August 28, 2011 12:27 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2011 12:31 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The 2011 season has been as forgettable as one can possibly imagine for Joe Mauer. The four-time All-Star and 2009 AL MVP is hitting just .287 with basically no power -- his .349 slugging percentage is worse than Alexi Casilla's, for example. Mauer has missed 62 games, and the worst part is this has caused questions about his toughness. He didn't break or pull anything, instead Mauer's been saddled with lingering injuries attached with terms like "soreness" and "weakness." It didn't help that this came on the heels of an offseason when Mauer signed an eight-year, $184 million contract that might cripple the franchise if he doesn't return to 2009 form.

Further, Mauer's dedication to his teammates is being questioned, which is the worst possible question that could be asked about a team leader.

Sunday, ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote the following about Mauer: "He probably is aware, too, that some of that unhappiness with his dedication exists within his own clubhouse, where his peers would be happy to see fewer Mauer commercials and more Mauer at-bats."

Mauer believes this is unfair.

"I think when I say 'unfair' it's more like, you know, like the other day -- questioning toughness," he explained (TwinCities.com). "Really, I mean, I'm not trying to sound (self-righteous), but how can somebody that's maybe been in the clubhouse once this year question toughness, and an athlete in general?"

Mauer also told reporters that he understands that he's going to be the one who takes the heat, being a former MVP and having that huge contract. He also has set the goal of entering 2012 the strongest he's ever been in his career. In fact, he has already made arrangements to upgrade his offseason training regimen.

"The biggest thing is having a regular offseason," Mauer said (StarTribune.com). "This year has been pretty tough for me, probably the toughest season I've been through, physically. Last year wasn't easy either. I had that heel injury and things kind if trickled down from that.

"It will be nice," he continued (StarTribune.com). "Hopefully I'll have somewhat of a normal offseason. I've got things in place. I've learned a lot over the last couple of years. I think I have the right people and program in place to have a good offseason."

Manager Ron Gardenhire sounds supportive, but firm, in speaking on Mauer's plans to work harder in the offseason.

"He realizes you can't sit around and do nothing as you get older. He's going to stay after it. We've talked about it," the manager said (TwinCities.com). "He's going to do some different things this winter, and prepare a little bit more and a little bit longer and come into spring training ready to go. That's the plan he has, and it's a good plan."

It's certainly going to be interesting to see how Mauer fares in 2012. It very well may be the most important season in determining whether or not his colossal contract was a mistake.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:16 am
 

Amid criticism, Mauer to alter offseason training

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Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: August 29, 2011 12:45 am
 

Amid criticism, Mauer to alter offseason training

Sounds like he is going to take the Barry Bonds approach and put on 50lbs of muscle in one offseason and tear up the league! Go JOE!!!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 28, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Amid criticism, Mauer to alter offseason training

Joe Mauer is a great hitter, but a terrible fielder. He needs to move to DH soon before he becomes frustated and struggles even further. The guy is a world class talent like Buster Posey (except that Posey excels in both offense and defense).

Check my post when I first commented on Mauer's massive contract. No catcher is worth that much...especially to a team that struggles to make the playoffs...only to get blasted once they make it there. Face it... the Twins will never ever win the World Series if they never develop a good core of young players. They need pitching, hitting and defense. Contrary to popular belief....2 out of 3 isn't good enough!



Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Amid criticism, Mauer to alter offseason training

he is a top 5 defensive catcher and his handling of a crappy pitching staff is near the top as well. he has gold gloves to aid my point and he rarely hurts the team on defense



Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: August 28, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Amid criticism, Mauer to alter offseason training

Mauer could hit .310-.330 consistently and Victor Martinez play horrible defense. mean while mauer has won 3 straight gold gloves and even a few batting titles. that is why mauer is making 184 million.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Amid criticism, Mauer to alter offseason training

Mauer is a  V-Mart type of player...good solid contact hitter..limited power and not very good on defense.  V-Mart got 48 million..Mauer got 184 million??

WHY?????




Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Amid criticism, Mauer to alter offseason training

He can hit, but it always seems like he has some ailment or injury keeping him out of a lot of games. For Minnesota to have any chance to win at all, he and Morneau (another injury plagued player) must be in the lineup. Twenty three million is awful lot of money to pay someone who is on the shelf a lot of the time. The Twins have a lot of problems. The main problem over the years is competing with the New York Yankees. This year has been a disaster. If Gardenhire can't get the job done, Minnesota needs to be looking for someone to replace him. He is a great guy,, but Major League Baseball is about winning, not being a nice guy.



Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: August 28, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Amid criticism, Mauer to alter offseason training

Soreness and weakness?  Has this guy been checked out for Lou Gehrig's disease?



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