Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Twins_vs_tigers_0731
Joe Mauer played a career-high 147 games last season after playing just 82 games in 2011. In fact, Mauer has actually registered at least 550 plate appearances in six of the last eight years, falling short in 2007 (471 PA in 109 games) and 2011. He’s even topped 600 plate appearances three times in the last five years and four times overall. I’d still classify Mauer as an injury-prone player, but I was surprised by how many games he’s actually been healthy for.I was also surprised that Mauer, the man who has challenged for and won batting titles for the past seven years on the strength of great plate discipline and strong contact, actually posted best line drive rate of his career in 2012 (25.0%). And — fun fact! — did you know that Mauer has walked more than he’s struck out in six of the last seven years with 2011′s injury-riddled numbers the only year he failed to do it?Mauer will be 30 years old this April and at this point you know exactly what he is. I’m just glad that even at ...
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Chip Kelly, Eagles GM not seeing eye-to-eye

Pete Carroll open to playing Richard Sherman at WR

Jay Gruden: RG3 has been 'coddled for so long'

Red Sox have best offer on table for Pablo Sandoval?

LeBron: Kevin Love will get the ball 'if he demands it'

76ers fans can get free tickets with a box of Mac & Cheese

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Grizzlies players battling team-wide stomach virus

Cut day: Three finalists named for Rays' manager job

ESPN suspends analyst from Twitter for defending evolution

Randy Moss thought call about trade to Patriots was prank

Why would the Nationals want to trade Jordan Zimmermann?

Kobe won't take paycut, hints at retiring after contract ends

WATCH: Georgia's Chris Conley makes diving TD catch

WATCH: Nebraska blocks field goal, returns it for TD

Florida DL shows support for Will Muschamp with eye black

WATCH: Javale McGee kisses elderly fan sitting courtside

WATCH: Tim Tebow busts out a brief Steve Spurrier impression

WATCH: Nerlens Noel gets flagrant for foul on Eric Bledsoe

Video: Deron Williams destroys Jeremy Lamb with crossover

Jets-Bills game in Detroit will be free admission

New Yorker unveils powerful Redskins Thanksgiving cover

Biggest disappointments of the 2014 NFL Draft class

FSU will wear special #FSUnited ribbon decal on helmets

Food Lion disastrously insults teams in Super Bowl promos

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Florida DL supports Will Muschamp with eye black

Jay Gruden: RG3 has been 'coddled'

LeBron: Love needs to 'demand' the ball

Bills-Jets game will be free admission

Pete Carroll: Lynch is 'our guy'

Which NFL team will get the #1 pick?

Game of the week: Patriots vs. Lions

Report: Padres join hunt for Sandoval

Golic recreates Kardashian butt pic

Adrian Peterson speaks out

NFLPA appeals Peterson suspension

10 best college running backs ever

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.