Say It Ain't So, Joe

A faint sucking sound out of MinnesotaJoe Mauer made history Sunday night.

Not the kind of personal milestone a player would like to hit by any means, but the Minnesota Twins catcher found himself going 0-for-6 against Derek Holland and the Texas Rangers in their 5-3, 11-inning win.

After this weekend's series, the two-time batting champ has a career .284 batting average against Rangers pitchers, and is hitting .358 on the season. This drops him to second in the AL batting race behind Seattle Mariners sweet-swinging outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who's batting .363 on the year.

So did the Home Run Derby screw up Mauer's swing?

As hard as that was to watch, it wasn't half as painful as seeing Man Muscles' first career golden sombrero against the Chicago White Sox a few Sundays ago... ouch.

[Star Tribune] | [Seth Speaks] | [Plunking Gomez]


Marea said...

He obviously needs us to go rub down his man muscles.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if it messed up Mauer's swing, but it certainly didn't do a Fielder's! He went yeard last night with a 3-run shot.

philly_phanatic said...

Joe is a beast, he is having a break out year. Please check my phils' blog out

Erin said...

NOOOO!!!!!! Now he'll never bat .400!! On the plus side, maybe this means we get to keep him after all.

Dan said...

Everyone was talking about .400 with this guy. He was the cover guy for Sports Illustrated with Tom Verducci making claims that he has the best chance since Ted Williams to accomplish the feat. Now, he's under .360...

Anonymous said...

Dan, they jinxed him.

The Sports Idiot said...

Maybe he lost his needle?

I keed, I keed!!

Keep in mind he was injured earlier this season. Maybe there are some lingering effects, or maybe he has re-aggravated something? Might just be a mini-slump?

I don't think we will ever see anyone hit .400 again. The game is too different, with almost everyone swinging for the fences way too much.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Yeah... Ichiro plays right field.

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