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07:38 AM ET 07.13 | Still an All-Star, Joe Mauer sounds like a guy who's slumping. He headed [to Anaheim] after Sunday's 6-3 victory over Detroit batting .293 -- the first time in his big-league career he has taken a batting average of less than .300 into the all-star break. His .368 on-base percentage and .424 slugging percentage are the lowest first-half results of his career. "It's been frustrating. I guess it hasn't been that bad because I'm here, but obviously, I'd want to do a lot better," said Mauer. ... Time might be on Mauer's side. Precedence is not. Only once in Mauer's career has his second-half batting average been better than his first -- in 2008, when he hit .322 in the first half and .336 in the second -- and, as the wear and tear of a season behind the plate builds, Mauer has never finished a second half with a better OBP or slugging percentage than he had in the first.

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July 13, 2010  08:40 AM ET

He will be fine!

July 13, 2010  09:23 AM ET

Good news for Tigers fans

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July 13, 2010  10:49 AM ET

And why will he not be better? Not one shred of evidence to back that up...

July 13, 2010  11:22 AM ET
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he better learn to play OF...

I'm not usually a great big fan of cries of "move the catcher", but this guy should be moved. If his career arc mimics even the great ones like Bench and Piazza, he's gonna be washed up at 30, maybe linger to 32.

Teach this guy to play first or right field and he can hit like this until he's 40.

July 13, 2010  12:24 PM ET
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I'm not usually a great big fan of cries of "move the catcher", but this guy should be moved. If his career arc mimics even the great ones like Bench and Piazza, he's gonna be washed up at 30, maybe linger to 32. Teach this guy to play first or right field and he can hit like this until he's 40.

The Twins would probably look at 3rd base...No way Morneau gets moved off first, and they've got a logjam at outfield positions (currently and in the farm system). Mauer is athletic enough to play 3rd, ad the Twins have no player that appears ready to be their full-time 3rd baseman, so why not?

July 13, 2010  02:01 PM ET

If he catches the rest of the season, which he's expected to do, he won't improve average much because of the simple fact of wear and tear on the body of a catcher. Gardenhire may have to rest him a bit more and since they haven't traded Wilson Ramos yet, may have to play him more, DH Mauer and bench Thome.

July 13, 2010  02:18 PM ET

he signed his big contract and now he is comfortable. His best years are already behind him. It wont matter where in the field he plays or even if he DH's the whole year. He wont come close to hitting 30 home runs again in his career.

July 13, 2010  02:21 PM ET

on the second half, the white sox are facin the twins and they are going to blow the twins away in no time

July 13, 2010  02:26 PM ET
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he signed his big contract and now he is comfortable. His best years are already behind him. It wont matter where in the field he plays or even if he DH's the whole year. He wont come close to hitting 30 home runs again in his career.

While his power is definitely down this season, you have to factor in 2009 was an abberation from his previous seasons HR wise. Also, the new ball park has among the lowest HR totals, it plays really, really big even though the dimensions are the same the cooler weather outdoor seems to have effected power numbers.

July 13, 2010  03:02 PM ET

like i have said before, all what it takes its a good contract after that the players play uninterested on the game any more, and who cares if they win or lose? as long they get their big deal sign, the rest not matter!!

July 13, 2010  03:05 PM ET

the teams should sign each of they good players to a two years deal, after two contracts then they can flip the coin and sign them to a fourth year deal just to keep them motivate,,,,,,

July 13, 2010  03:09 PM ET

adrian beltre on his last season with the dodgers he tear apart the league and hit 45 homeruns, he took fa sign with seatle and hit 15 home runs for three years he show the fans that he only play for the money got his money and become injury the last two years he played for seatle, the losers the mariners,

July 13, 2010  04:47 PM ET

He should just find out what Big P in Boston did (translate as"took") to get back to slugging and buy some of that.Whatever it is it is age defying stuff.

July 13, 2010  05:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I'm not usually a great big fan of cries of "move the catcher", but this guy should be moved. If his career arc mimics even the great ones like Bench and Piazza, he's gonna be washed up at 30, maybe linger to 32. Teach this guy to play first or right field and he can hit like this until he's 40.

Agree. Not that hard in the AL. Get a good back up Catcher and let Mauer DH 50 games a year....

 
July 14, 2010  07:42 AM ET

Over-rated and over-paid. Once we gave him the big $$, of course he starts to suck - just like the rest of our Twins. Lame. \:(

Doesn't matter anyway since Baseball is so ridiculously boring but still....they suckered us good into paying for that stupid stadium. Ugh.

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