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I am glad to see Joe Mauer healthy and thriving


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I was really feeling bad for Twins fans last year when it looked like Joe Mauer was never going to be the same player again, after signing that monster contract. But he has really impressed me in this series.

Over his last 52 games, Mauer has hit .369/.447/.518. That is vintage Joe Mauer. I'm glad for Twins fans that he has come back from last year's injuries, and hope he stays healthy.

However, if he went 0 for 8 the next two days, I wouldn't complain.

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I am glad that we have "Mauer with Power".
Who's that? Surely not the guy on pace to do a sub .800 OPS AGAIN right?
Wieters. That is what he was called coming out of the draft.

Yeah, I am pretty sure Pedro knows that. He's just pointing out that Wieters really hasn't lived up to the "Mauer with Power" label. There's still time for Wieters to exceed .800 OPS this season, and I hope he gets hot and does it. But even if he does, he isn't nearly as good an offensive player as Mauer, though he does hit for more power.

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Well I never expected Wieters to hit for average like Mauer does -- very few MLB players have his bat in that regard -- but yes, I am very disappointed overall with Matt's offensive presence since he became an Oriole.

There is an interesting discussion elsewhere on the interwebs about the prospects for Matt's contract extension that is an interesting read but I don't want to derail this thread (about Joe Mauer) any further than I already have.

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Glad to see Morneau back too. Seems like guys with concussions in baseball are rarely ever the same though...

I am glad he is healthy enough to play, and he is hitting better than last year, but you are right, he doesn't really look the same at all. It's a shame.

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I am glad he is healthy enough to play, and he is hitting better than last year, but you are right, he doesn't really look the same at all. It's a shame.

I wonder, how football players can get them and come back pretty quickly and still play at high levels while baseball players are out for extended times and are rarely ever as good as they were. I know concussions vary in severity and symptoms, but you'd think that a more violent sport would generate the more serious and career impacting concussions.

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I wonder, how football players can get them and come back pretty quickly and still play at high levels while baseball players are out for extended times and are rarely ever as good as they were. I know concussions vary in severity and symptoms, but you'd think that a more violent sport would generate the more serious and career impacting concussions.

I think the short answer is, we don't hear as much about all the football players who are missing time with concussions. According to this website, the NFL averaged about 9.35 concussions per week in 2010, and 10.8 in 2011. http://www.hagen-law.com/nfl-concussion-statistics/ Baseball, on the other hand, has never had more than 10 concussions in a year during 2002-10, averaging 5-6 per year. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/concussion-injury-information/

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I never thought Mauer was a concussion dude. I thought he was a back and unnamed ailment dude.

Alarm bells began ringing when Mauer was placed on the DL in April with "bilateral leg weakness," a symptom often associated with a more grave medical condition. He did not return for more than two months, and his season ultimately ended prematurely with a bout of pneumonia. For an otherwise well-appearing 28-year-old male, it was indeed a strange course of events. Amongst the illnesses Mauer denied were rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Lyme disease, ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) and depression. And it's not just last season. In 2009, Mauer's start to the season was delayed due to inflammation in his sacroiliac joint (another uncommon ailment)
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