The Joe Nathan Question

Posted: 26th October 2009 by Eric Johnson in MLB
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Everyone is asking the the question : What to do with Joe Nathan?

Opinions are fairly easy to come by. Trade him. Keep him. Sacrifice him to the baseball gods and hope they reincarnate him into a closer who can beat the Yankees.

There is only one person whose opinion should matter in this question, however. That person is Joe.

No, not Joe Nathan...Joe Mauer.

I say this, not because of my infatuation with the man, but because who knows better than Mauer if Nathan still has what it takes to close? Who knows pitchers better than their catcher?

I'm not suggesting Mauer should run the organization, or even make any organizational decisions. Ultimately, Bill Smith obviously has to make the decisions. In the matter of Nathan, however, why not at least ask Maue ...

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