I was in the shower the other day when I began considering Joe Mauer’s Hall of Fame case. Indeed, these are the things I think about during life’s mundane tasks, such as grooming, taking out the garbage, and working at my day job.
It was a year or so ago that a writer, whose name I’ll withhold but let’s just say he and Mauer share a Christian name, suggested that our beloved Joe wasn’t necessarily on a Hall of Fame path. Or maybe it was that if he retired on that day, he wouldn’t be a Hall of Famer. I’m not really here to demolish any scarecrows; I’m just after the facts.
I want to know if Joe is truly on a Hall of Fame path. My gut tells me he is; he’s one of the best handful of catchers I’ve seen since I started watching baseball. In fact this year probably marks the first year I can say I’ve watched an ‘era’ of baseball -- 1993-2013 -- or maybe that’s even two. I don’t really know how these things work. But my gut isn’t always to be trusted; consider how many times it has led me to the Americanized Chinese food served two doors down from here. Yikes.
But we’re getting away from the task at hand. Is Mauer a Hall of Famer? Luckily, over at FanGraphs, there are ways of pushing a few handy dandy buttons to get a better glimpse.
Joe Mauer's Hall of Fame Case
Twinkie Town | Feb 13