If Only: Joe Mauer’s Injuries Might Have Cost Him Triple Crown

Posted: 11th September 2009 by patrick bohn in MLB
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As Joe Mauer looks to put the finishing touches on his MVP season, and Carlos Pena goes down for the season, I realized something the other day: Had Mauer not missed a month of the season, he'd be in contention for the Triple Crown. It kind of boggles the mind, but you know what? It's not as crazy as it sounds, as long as you remember I said "contention," not, "a lock to get it." We'll start with the average portion of the test. This is sort of the wild card, because there's no way to know what he would have hit in April, or what the residual effect of playing those extra games would have done to him as the season progressed. Catchers have a nasty habit of wearing down. That being said, Mauer hit .347 while playing 140 games a few years ago, so it's not like this .363 average is coming fro ...

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