Posted at 10:20 AM on August 2, 2006
by David Zingler
The new issue of Sports Illustrated hits the newsstands today with Minnesota’s own Joe Mauer on the cover. It’s been a storybook year for the St. Paul native, from his All Star appearance last month to his major league leading batting average. The press can’t get enough of our Joey Mauer.
There’s no denying that Mauer’s been great, but he’s not even the most potent offensive player on his team. That title belongs to Justin Morneau, who should warrant MVP consideration if the Twins reach the postseason. Morneau’s offensive awakening was the driving force behind the Twins dramatic turnaround in June and he is on track, as Dick Bremer often points out, to have one of the greatest offensive seasons in the club’s history.
Currently, the Canadian possesses a batting line of .321/.366/.599 with 28 HRs and 88 RBI. Meanwhile, he’s scored 62 runs and hit 20 doubles. When you stack that against Mauer’s line of .367/.439/.521, 8 HR, 57 RBI, 55 runs and 24 doubles, you are left wondering why the “other M” isn’t getting more attention from the press. Basically all Mauer’s done this year (loyal reader Ryan will love this) is get eight more base hits than Morneau (128 to 120).
Looks like SI missed out on the real story here; either that or they couldn’t fit the 6-4, 223 pound Morneau on the cover next to the 6-4, 220 pound Mauer.
Posted at 3:15 PM on August 2, 2006
by Ben Tesch
Morneau up for Hank Aaron Award
The search for a power hitter has been quite a long one for the Twins.
Since 1987, the club hasn't had a player hit 30 home runs in a season. But that appears to be changing this year, with the emergence of 25-year-old first baseman Justin Morneau.
Regarded as a potential power bat for most of his young career, Morneau has finally developed into the type of hitter the club had hoped he would become by hitting .317 with 28 home runs, 20 doubles and 86 RBIs through 97 games this season.
That type of production has placed Morneau amongst the top hitters in the American League and made him a candidate for this year's Hank Aaron Award.