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Game Of The Week
Week:3/29/2010 - 4/5/2010
Details:This Week's Game of the Week...

Features two teams that for 8 innings had a very difficult time scoring runs. The Bloody Thieves took on Steal My Pride in an evenly-matched pitchers duel. Bloody Thieves started Greg Maddux while Steal My Pride went with Tim Lincecum.

Maddux (Bloody Thieves) went 7 innings and gave up just 4 hits and 0 runs. Art Nehf pitched a scoreless 8th before things got interesting...

For Steal My Pride, Lincecum only lasted 6 2/3 IP as he pitch count exceeded 100 in the 7th. He gave up t hits, struck out 8 before being pulled for Scott Garrelts. Lincecum also gave up 0 runs.

This game was decided in the 9th, where Jose Offerman (who went 3-4) and Alex Rodriguez each drove in runs and Scott Garrelts threw a wild pitch to give Thieves a 3-0 advantage.

In the bottom of the 9th, Rob Nenn came on for the Bloody Thieves. Nenn never recorded an out...

A lead-off single by Richie Hebner followed by back-to-back walks to Tyler Houston and Scott Podsednik brought Joe Mauer to the plate. Mauer would clear the bases off Nenn with a walk-off game winning grand slam. A scoreless game entering the 9th ends with the Bloody Thieves not recording an out as Steal My Pride wins 4-3.
4/1/2010 7:00 AM
Looks good so far.
4/6/2010 11:36 PM
Quote: Originally Posted By 05nomar05 on 4/06/2010Looks good so far
It'll be interesting. If it wasn't a good bet for both sides wouldn't be a good bet.

skonley.. sometime b/f June I'll post a link to submit GC's via/admin
4/7/2010 6:11 AM
So how has this deal worked out for the Twins?  280 - 333 since contract was signed
Mauer still the best hitter in the AL? Miggy begs to differ
Mauer still a power hitter? Would you put a "power hitter" in the 2-hole, I think not

I said it then and I'll say it again  - this was a bad deal. Haters gonna hate

8/24/2013 10:02 AM
Hard to find a catcher to do that well offensively.  Aside from 2011, he's been great.  Jury is still out though, we'll see how this holds up moving forward.
8/24/2013 12:03 PM
$23M great? Nope. And its not that hard to find a C that can hit - Posey, Molina, McCann, A.J. and all for the fraction of the price.
8/24/2013 12:16 PM
Mauer is much better than AJ.  Posey signed a similar contract to Mauer.  Molina's fantastic, obviously, McCann is very good.  He may not be worth 23M, but I'd argue he's not far off.  There's only a handful of great hitting catchers, the majority aren't very good.
8/24/2013 12:20 PM
SF has twice the payroll as the Twins, and Posey is $5m a year cheaper. Molina is $8m cheaper, is comparable offensively, and vastly better defensively. Like I said, bad contract.
8/24/2013 12:29 PM
Why do people only ever consider stats when reviewing contracts? It's the same with Markakis in Baltimore. Those contracts account for more than just on-field performance. They include value in the clubhouse, value to the team and value to the city in which they play. Minnesota loves Mauer just as Baltimore loves Markakis. It's a business decision to be loyal to a guy that the city and fanbase love.
8/24/2013 12:31 PM
If the fanbase was smarter, they would realize that 1 guy is eating up nearly 1/3 of the payroll. A guy who is seemingly hurt every year. A guy who actually catches in about half the games. You can say whatever you want about the hometown hero crap, this guy is the #1 reason the Twins blow.
8/24/2013 12:57 PM
I bet he sells way more jerseys and merch than any other Twin. Hence the "business" decision.
8/24/2013 1:03 PM
As a Tiger fan I was NEVER more ecstatic than to see the INCREDIBLY ****** DEAL (for the franchise) that they (The Twinks) gave to Mauer. Talk about an albatross...
8/24/2013 1:18 PM
Twin fans are probably thinking something similar about Fielder.  Except Tigers have more disposable income.
8/24/2013 3:00 PM
Posted by Jtpsops on 8/24/2013 1:03:00 PM (view original):
I bet he sells way more jerseys and merch than any other Twin. Hence the "business" decision.
That argument doesn't hold water - Mauer jersey sales have been on a steady decline - #2 in 2010, #12 in 2011, not in the top 20 the last 2 years. and who knows what they would have gotten in return for trading Mauer when they should have - maybe Ramos stays in minny and develops better than he has in dc. Last point about the "business decision" and then I'm getting off my soapbox - not many people repurchase jersey's of players that they already own. They'd be more inclined to purchase a jersey of a new star player. And the Twins attendance has stayed pretty much the same whether Mauer plays or not - so he's not a huge factor in ticket sales.

FWIW - Moilna & Posey jersey sales are better than Mauer's the last 2 years.

8/24/2013 4:17 PM
I'm pretty sure I said way more than any other Twin. Is there anyone on that team who's jersey you'd feel comfortable buying right now if Mauer wasn't there (if you were a Twins fan)?

That was a lot of the argument with the Pujols contract. He may only be elite for 3-4 years of the 10 year contract (and now it seems less), but he was going to make the team that money back in merch and ticket sales.
8/24/2013 4:22 PM
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