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Born in Minnesota, owner of batting titles and an MVP award, Mauer could become the most popular athlete ever to play a sport in Minnesota. But that won’t happen if the perception continues to build that he’s soft. It might not be the case. Mauer just might be as tough as Cuddyer. But whether he wants to acknowledge it or not, titanium tough is not how he is viewed.
Mauer has missed 60 of the Twins’ 130 games this season with injuries or days off - mostly injuries. The perception is he takes too long to heal and takes off too many days. And it’s not good for any athlete to be perceived that way. Nobody likes a self-coddler.
“As a manager, you go by what they say. If they say they’re hurting, I try to make adjustments,” Gardenhire said. “I don’t like to put people out there who tell me they’re really, really hurting. That’s dangerous. I trust their judgment on what they can and can’t do. As a manager, I go with it. Forcing a guy to play is not the right thing to do. You can hurt him even more. But in a situation like with Joe, I told him I really need you to be able to (play) because I only have two catchers. And he said, ‘Fine.’ “
Imagine how Mauer would be perceived if he had told Gardenhire he would play with a stiff neck. But that’s all you can do: Imagine it.
You know who hasn’t missed any games this year? Drew Butera. That’s what I’m looking for in a catcher: manly, strong, available…
Posted: August 26, 2011 at 01:49 PM | 35 comment(s)
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