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Twins moving Mauer to 1B

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09:18 AM ET 07.03 | Joe Mauer's debut at first base could come any day. Manager Ron Gardenhire said he considered starting Mauer at first base Saturday to give Luke Hughes a chance to rest a sore knee. But Hughes felt good enough to play, so Gardenhire used Mauer at designated hitter, with plans to have him catch again Sunday.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

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July 3, 2011  09:19 AM ET

This always happens to Catchers and I believe he'll make a good First Base.

July 3, 2011  09:20 AM ET

In others words, "NON-STORY". Seems the interns have a very slow day!

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July 3, 2011  09:50 AM ET

Well played Gardenhire

July 3, 2011  09:59 AM ET

With that kind of hitting, he has to move.....

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July 3, 2011  10:32 AM ET

What's that?? That's the sound of his fantasy league value going down the tubes. (not that it is currently worth much anyway)

July 3, 2011  11:17 AM ET

The best thing for Mauer. He is a great catcher but he's got to think about longevity

July 3, 2011  11:54 AM ET

The article doesn't say that it is a permanent move.

July 3, 2011  11:57 AM ET

His career averages per 150 games played are: .325 with 14 home runs and about 85 RBI.

Would I pay $184M over 8 years to a firstbaseman with those numbers? No way on earth!

July 3, 2011  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

His career averages per 150 games played are: .325 with 14 home runs and about 85 RBI.Would I pay $184M over 8 years to a first baseman with those numbers? No way on earth!

Yeah, good point....but, would you pay $184 million over 8 years for a guy splitting time between the DL and putting up only a fraction of the numbers you list as a catcher? Or, at least get some value by keeping him healthy at some other position? I'll take a healthy career from a guy putting up lower power numbers who can hit over .300 every year, as opposed to a guy missing large chunks of the season and a shortened career because they want to keep his bat at an advantageous position.

July 3, 2011  12:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This always happens to Catchers and I believe he'll make a good First Base.

I think the getting stepped on part would get old.

July 3, 2011  12:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This always happens to Catchers and I believe he'll make a good First Base.

I think the getting stepped on part would get rather old.

July 3, 2011  01:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Disagree...The reason mauer was a 20 mil a year player is cause he put up those #s catchingThose #s as a first baseman wouldn't even put him in the top tenAnd his value decreasesWith morneau out, and him coming off an injury, its a fine stop gap....but he needs to catch

So, three batting titles and lifetime 325/.404/.476 doesn't put him in the top ten first basemen? Which nine are you ranking ahead of him, exactly? Based on one stat, home runs, presumably? Bullbleep.
That said, his world class arm that made him the top ranked QB prospect in the country coming out of high school and the USA Today and Gatorade player of the year award winner means his place is either third or right field, it makes no sense to not utilize the arm... people need to get a grip, he had arthroscopic surgery on the knee, not a microfracture rebuild, he had complications and is slow coming back, but to write him off based on a half-year and claim that the Twins wasted their investment in him is just idiotic... there's still 32 teams that would take him at that price.

July 3, 2011  01:41 PM ET

if the manager play mauer at first its good, if the manager moves mauer to firstbase that's wise thinking let's not forget that this franchise give to this catcher a big contract, any general manager who its wise enough won't give big contracts to any player just because the way those players perform on the past season, because nobody knows the outcome from next season or next game, to me best thing to do its sign a good high skill player to a five years deal, a so-so- player to a three years deal, and a player who suddenly plays great first time one year deal would be just fine, this type of approach towards all this players its to avoid anything that after the deal has been done shouldn't be any regrets and both sides should be happy without any grudge towards each other!!

July 3, 2011  02:04 PM ET
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In others words, "NON-STORY". Seems the interns have a very slow day!

I like how you and a bunch of other people always comment on the "interns". As if they're somehow doing a bad job for posting something that is being reported, which is their job in the first place. If anything it just makes you stupid for commenting on the "NON-STORY" twice.

July 3, 2011  02:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

His career averages per 150 games played are: .325 with 14 home runs and about 85 RBI.Would I pay $184M over 8 years to a firstbaseman with those numbers? No way on earth!

And there you have it. A catcher is worth that kind of money with those stats, but not a first baseman.
I guess they are making the best of a bad situation. No other choice really.

July 3, 2011  02:23 PM ET
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So, three batting titles and lifetime 325/.404/.476 doesn't put him in the top ten first basemen? Which nine are you ranking ahead of him, exactly? Based on one stat, home runs, presumably? Bullbleep.That said, his world class arm that made him the top ranked QB prospect in the country coming out of high school and the USA Today and Gatorade player of the year award winner means his place is either third or right field, it makes no sense to not utilize the arm... people need to get a grip, he had arthroscopic surgery on the knee, not a microfracture rebuild, he had complications and is slow coming back, but to write him off based on a half-year and claim that the Twins wasted their investment in him is just idiotic... there's still 32 teams that would take him at that price.

There are 31 teams relieved they do not have that kind of money invested in what he will do in the future.
You assume he will continue to be the player he was. I doubt it.

July 3, 2011  02:32 PM ET

You are right. He has averaged 12 home runs the last six years. And! Who knows how well he will play defensively.
Twins trying to make the best of it and get some return for their money.

 
July 3, 2011  04:42 PM ET

For the 50yearfan and the EZWriter, at last count I had 30 teams in all of baseball.....

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