Minnesota Twins fans have reached an all-time low. After one of the most memorable seasons in the last two decades and a playoff run that united this great state just two months ago, we have reverted back to pessimism and bitterness towards one of our own. And not just anybody, hometown hero and local legend Joe Mauer.
This is absolutely disgusting.
For those of you who don’t know, the MLB is currently in the process of its yearly Hall of Fame voting, and the Baseball Writers Association of America has until Dec. 31 to submit their ballots. This is the first year that Joe Mauer is on the ballot, and Mauer haters all across the state have come out of the woodwork to voice their disapproval. And to the surprise of nobody, the majority of these people are the same old curmudgeons who probably hate bat flipping and celebrations in today’s MLB.
Why Hate One of Our Own?
I will never understand why Joe Mauer has become such a polarizing figure amongst Minnesota Twins fans. I mean, what more could you want? Everyone knows the story. The guy grew up in St. Paul and was the best high school athlete this state has ever seen at Cretin-Derham Hall. He was an all-state basketball player and is the only athlete ever to be the USA Today High School Player of The Year in two sports, football and baseball.
Not only does he end up getting drafted by his hometown team first overall in the MLB draft, but he has an incredible career and becomes one of the greatest hitting catchers of all time. How can you call yourself a Minnesotan and not pull for this guy to not make the Baseball Hall of Fame?
Look, I get it. After his 2009 MVP season and the eight-year $184 million extension, Mauer didn’t reach the same level of dominance he had displayed in the six years prior. But to act like his last nine years in the MLB were worthless is such a freezing-cold take considering the injuries he dealt with and the overall growth and development of pitching the league began to undergo. It’s time for Mauer haters to take a look in the mirror and realize that YOU’RE the problem.
Joe’s HOF Resume
Whether you like it or not, Joe Mauer is statistically one of the most decorated catchers of all time. He is the only American League catcher to win a batting title, which he did three times. He won five Silver Sluggers, is a six-time All-Star, and won the American League MVP in 2009. And to top it all off, his career WAR of 55.3 is 7th all-time amongst catchers. All six guys in front of him are in the Hall of Fame.
Oh, and defensively? Three Gold Gloves behind the plate and the anchor of the Twin defense for nine straight seasons. Just ask Brett Gardner…
“But Caden, what about after Joe’s 2009 season?” I’m glad you asked.
From 2010 to 2018, he batted .294, had 1,279 hits and 526 RBI. And not only was he battling leg injuries and concussions that forced him to stop catching in 2013, but he also became a very good first baseman and was snubbed from a Gold Glove in 2017.
Nothing about Mauer’s career is ordinary or perfect, but the numbers tell the story here.
I Stand With Joe Mauer!
Joe Mauer deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Period. I’m not saying he’s a first-ballot HOFer, but the resume speaks for itself and his time will come.
I’m at my wits end with the MLB HOF as is. We’re going to leave Barry Bonds, the greatest hitter to ever walk this Earth, out of the HOF because of steroid use that wasn’t even regulated at the time? Give me a break. That’s a blog for another time.
If the BBWAA goes the next ten years and doesn’t elect Joe Mauer to the HOF, it will be my last straw. And I’m sure Dave Roiger from Lakeville will be in my Twitter mentions that happens.