Joe Mauer admits he tried to hit home runs at new Target Field the first half of last season, then after the All-Star break changed his approach to hitting line drives and finding holes. Here are the results:
First half: 290 AB, 24 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 35 RBI, .293 avg., .369 OBP, .424 slugging
Second half: 220 AB, 19 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 40 RBI, .373 avg., .447 OBP, .527 slugging
Mauer signed his eight-year, $184 million contract after a 2009 season that included career highs in home runs and RBI. Then came Target Field, the toughest park in the majors to hit homers. Here are Mauer's past two seasons:
2009 at the Metrodome: 28 HR, 96 RBI, .365 avg., .444 OBP, .587 slugging
2010 at Target Field: 9 HR, 75 RBI, .327 avg., .402 OBP, .469 slugging
The top five salaries for 2011 (annual average), with 2010 stats:
Alex Rodriguez, NYY: $27.5M, 30 HR, 125 RBI, .270/.341/.506 (avg./OBP/slugging)
Plus factor: 613 HRs at the age of 35 -- look out, Barry Bonds.
Ryan Howard, Phil.: $25M, 31 HR, 108 RBI, .276/.353/.505
Plus factor: Four straight years of at least 45 HRs before last season.
Joe Mauer, Twins: $23M, 9 HR, 75 RBI, .327/.402/.469
Plus factor: A catcher with three batting titles and three Gold Gloves.
Mark Teixeira, NYY: $22.5M, 33 HR, 108 RBI, .256/.365/.481
Plus factor: Gold Glove first baseman has twice played all 162 games.
Carl Crawford, Bos.: $20.3M, 19 HR, 90 RBI, .307/.356/.495
Plus factor: 47 stolen bases, 110 runs scored last season.
|Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon||4||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Samardzija||1|
|St. Louis - LP: M. Wacha||1||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: G. Gonzalez||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse||5||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: C. Morton||3|
|LA Angels||11||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Atlanta - WP: A. Harang||6||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: J. Niese||0|
|Baltimore||7||Top 9th Inning|
|NY Yankees||5||Top 8th Inning|
|Chicago WSox||0||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Minnesota||0||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Philadelphia||1||Top 6th Inning|
|Houston||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|San Francisco||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Arizona||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Dallas||0||1st Prd 15:21|