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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Beyond the Boxscore: Joe Mauer is back.

As someone who doesn’t hit for a notable amount of power, the lefty has always seen success through his ability to command the zone and take the ball to all fields, which allowed him to hit for a high average. So when Mauer’s plate discipline profile started to decline, it is no surprise that his overall performance fell as well. Instead of a player who consistently challenged the .300 mark for batting average and .400 mark for on-base percentage, the 2015 version of Joe Mauer batted .265 and reached base at a .338 clip. His 2014 season was slightly better, but the general principle remained—Mauer’s struggles with the zone kept him off base more than usual, and led him to strike out more and walk less. Then came 2016.

The St Paul Splendor is taking more bad pitches, making more contact, and hitting the ball harder than he has in years. It seems that maybe—just maybe—he’s finally recovered from a concussion he sustained three seasons ago.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 30, 2016 at 04:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: concussions, twins

Monday, February 22, 2016

Link between concussions and suicide

I haven’t read the study in question and there are obvious limitations to the study but a surprisingly large effect.  Note the results here are for any concussion not just severe ones.  They are not looking at ahtletes here, this is not necessarily CTE-related.  Anyway, the tip at the end of the article seems good advice: consider a concussion an important part of your medical history from now on.

Walt Davis Posted: February 22, 2016 at 09:33 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: concussions, injury

Monday, February 01, 2016

Twins say Joe Mauer done as catcher, citing safety from head trauma

Twins general manager Terry Ryan has confirmed that Mauer’s days as a catcher are done.

“If we would ever get any OK from a physician, we would consider it,” Ryan said (via twincities.com) during a weekend fan forum. “Unfortunately, there isn’t a physician, especially concussion experts, that could trust he’s not going to take another bop in the head on a foul tip or a collision at the plate, although the collisions are pretty much a foregone conclusion nowadays.”

Mauer, a former No. 1 overall pick and Minnesota native, has three years remaining on his contract worth $69 million, meaning it’s likely he’ll finish his career with the Twins. He’ll turn 33 in April.

Catching is just too dangerous. So get in there, Kurt Suzuki!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 01, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: concussions, head trauma, joe mauer, twins

 

 

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