I get the argument both ways. But in reading stuff from "experts", how well he hit and played defense at the toughest position on the field before the move to 1B is likely enough to get him in.
I think it's a pretty safe bet he makes it. Scott Rolen just got in. Great player, but he never led the league in any offensive category. Not once. Mauer won 3 batting titles while playing catcher. Something no one else had even done twice.
I don't know if that should matter that much. A lot of people don't realize it but Sandy Koufax was very average for half of his career. No one would question if he's a Hall of Famer.Mauer is an interesting case.
for the first part of his career, when he was healthy and playing C full-time, his production during that period is up there with any HOF catcher. 6 all-star games, 5 Silver Sluggers, 3 AL batting titles, 3 Gold Gloves, 1 MVP and 3 other seasons where he was top-10 in MVP voting.
but after the injuries and concussions, he finished out his career as a 1B with very little power. his OBP, Slugging, RBI's all went down and K's went up.
so from 2005 to 2013, Mauer had a HOF career. the last 5 seasons, not even close.
how will the voters judge his career?
I think - given the current standards - that Mauer gets in. But it might take 3 or 4 years.
Lol. I guess Pagan should be honored anyone knows who he is then.This is currently a running joke for a lot of professional athletes
What's the argument against bringing back Fulmer? He'll cost something like 1 year $5 million. We can always use bullpen depth.Well, I thought the Twins might make some more moves before Spring Training.
FWIW, Doogie was on Skor North and said the Twins have not had any contact with Michael Fullmer. I thought Fullmer was OK - not great. If Alcala is healthy, he probably replaces what they got from Fullmer - but that is another big IF. That new trainer had better be good!
didn't hear much about Twins Fest. I did listen to Gleeman & the Geek's podcast which was taped live at their Winter Meltdown. Had Reusse on and then Glen Perkins. Perk was interesting talking about how he has learned more about analytics and is trying to bring that to his work on BSN. Also talked about the difference between starting and relieving.