Comments on: Concussion forces Joe Mauer to switch from catcher to first base http://aarongleeman.com/2013/11/12/concussion-forces-joe-mauer-to-switch-from-catcher-to-first-base/ Baseball news, insight and analysis from Aaron Gleeman Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:40:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: John http://aarongleeman.com/2013/11/12/concussion-forces-joe-mauer-to-switch-from-catcher-to-first-base/comment-page-1/#comment-37255 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:49:00 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=109569#comment-37255 Can we renegotiate his salary now as a first baseman? That $20 mm+ may have been ok as a top flight catcher when he signed the contract, but now…

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By: Paul Koopman http://aarongleeman.com/2013/11/12/concussion-forces-joe-mauer-to-switch-from-catcher-to-first-base/comment-page-1/#comment-37254 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:41:00 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=109569#comment-37254 I’m glad you included the Twins dearth of good-hitting, no glove players to potentially stash at 1st in your analysis. I think that often gets overlooked in the pure “value” debate. If the team doesn’t have an acquirable replacement, then moving the best hitter around the diamond really doesn’t matter in a practical sense. You can argue that theoretically they *could have* gone after some free agent or another, but then you also have to do cost analysis (because the guys who represent a clear upgrade over Josmil Pinto in the lineup are often not all that easily acquirable).

My preference would have been to have begun the process of moving him to 3rd 4 or 5 years ago, but an immediate full time shift is not a good option, especially while recovering from a brain injury. I think for where they are now, planning for Mauer to play out his contract at 1st, and devoting the rest of his training toward his health and perhaps increasing power some, is the best practical move.

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By: Mark Zwolenski http://aarongleeman.com/2013/11/12/concussion-forces-joe-mauer-to-switch-from-catcher-to-first-base/comment-page-1/#comment-37253 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:31:00 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=109569#comment-37253 You do not really think Mauer–Pinto is an upgrade over Mauer—Mourneau?? If that is really what they do, another step back(especially defensively).

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By: BR http://aarongleeman.com/2013/11/12/concussion-forces-joe-mauer-to-switch-from-catcher-to-first-base/comment-page-1/#comment-37252 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:21:00 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=109569#comment-37252 I’m bummed about this, although it’s likely the right thing to do.
What’s this do to his HoF potential? IMO, he’s got the numbers already as a catcher, he just needed a few more years of solid stat padding. Now, moving to first? He’ll need slightly better stats (than he would have needed as a catcher), for a longer period of time, imo.

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By: David Epema http://aarongleeman.com/2013/11/12/concussion-forces-joe-mauer-to-switch-from-catcher-to-first-base/comment-page-1/#comment-37251 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:16:00 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=109569#comment-37251 Aaron, I totally agree with you that a position change for Joe had to be done. However, you are selling him short when you compare him to designated hitters. Designated hitters add no defensive value and some of them would be a huge defensive downgrade. I believe that Joe will be an excellent first basemen and he should be compared to other players who will play the position. When you remove Ortiz, Butler etc. Joe compares much better.

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By: D-Luxxx http://aarongleeman.com/2013/11/12/concussion-forces-joe-mauer-to-switch-from-catcher-to-first-base/comment-page-1/#comment-37250 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:50:00 +0000 http://aarongleeman.com/?p=109569#comment-37250 Stinkin brain injuries. I’m wondering if Mauer doesn’t bulk up a little bit with the position switch? He doesn’t need to remain as flexible as he did, and the extra weight wouldn’t affect his knees in the way that crouching behind the plate for 130 games otherwise would have. Another 10-15 pounds of muscle in the off season could turn him into a bruiser…
But then again, it’s Joe. We’ve been waiting for the power for years. I’m just thinking that the fact that he’ll be able to play closer to 162 games now instead of needing off days (not that he took off as many as people seem to think) should be a boost to his value as well.
Regardless, it’ll be a downgrade of Mauer’s value. He’s been worth every bit of his contract so far. I’d be interested to see where his numbers from last season would make him worth as a 1B.

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