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Mauer moving to first

So it's finally happening, Mauer is moving to first. There was some speculation about all of this when Posey got hurt and the Mauer was hurt again. Is this is a good idea? Is this going to start happening everywhere?
Joe Mauer to Play First Base for the Minnesota Twins | Upper Deck report

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Well a lot of this has to do with Morneau being hurt as well.




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If Rod Gardenhire was smart or if the suits who run the Twinkies were smart, they would NOT allow Mauer to catch 120+ games a year. Tops play him behind the plate just over 100 times a year and play 1st/DH rest of the way. He's too good to be worn down like we have seen in the past.
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I ought to be interesting next season when Posey comes back from injury to see what the Giants are willing to do with him. That could say a lot about the future of offensive catchers

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Plus when offensive catchers do not last that long in the MLB. I mean look at Pudge. Peaked in 99 when he hit 35 HR when he was 27, and by the time he joined the Tigers in 04 at the age of 32 would never even crack 20 again.

The position is one of the hardest if the not the hardest on your body. Imagine the strain that puts on your back and knees catching 150 games a year? No wonder why catchers offense does not last that long. I say if putting them at first a few times a week keeps there offense alive longer why not?




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Can you imagine what teams like the Nationals are thinking right now with a guy like Bryce Harper in the minors and tearing it up? They HAVE to move him. You CANNOT lose a bat like that at a young age due to injury or overuse. He is so freakishly talented, but he's a catcher. What to do...what to do...

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Harper can play any position, so they are going to luck out with him if they wanna move him.




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If they don't move him, they're stupid.

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I agree




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I think putting Mauer at 1B is a smart move by the Twins. It will give him rest from the rigors of catching all the time and since I really think Morneau is on his was out they need a good bat at 1B.


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