JOE MAUER WILL HIT .290 AND MAKE HIS SEMI-COMEBACK
No, hitting .290 is still not worth $23 million. No, he will not hit 28 home runs again. No, he’ll probably never even come close to that .365 average from 2009.
But if we can get a the former Most Valuable Player to hit .290, that’ll be a victory.
Look, it hasn’t been any honeymoon for Mauer post-concussion but if he feels healthy after struggling with blurred vision then that’s all the more to feel optimistic.
Sure, one can take the blurry vision as more of an excuse than anything but in light of his most recent seasons, it makes sense.
Mauer is firmly locked in at first base and the Twins will probably not trade/release him so we might as well give up on that. But a healthy Mauer and a batting average of .290 seems to be the step in the right direction for not only him but the team as well.
Having someone who can consistently take walks, drive it to the gap and hit for average will be all the Twins need from Mauer. Yes, the contract is still large but work with me here, the less pressure on Mauer to perform the better for the team.
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