Originally written February 14, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
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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 ...
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