What does the phrase ôbaseballÆs best hitterö mean? Is it simply defined by comparing batting averages of current players? Or do we analyze how each candidate hits in certain situations: with runners in scoring position, behind in the batting count or when his team is trailing in a game. Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer had one of those seasons that will put him into the conversation as being baseballÆs best hitter. Despite spending the first month of the season on the disabled list, Mauer went on to win his third batting title in four seasons. He led the American League with a .365 batting average, and also mashed 28 HRs and 96 RBI. And oh yeah, he is also the ALÆs reigning Gold Glove winner from the catcherÆs position. Catchers arenÆt supposed to hit like he does. Mike Piazza won ...
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