HornedMessiah wrote:On Common's show on KFAN today, Dark Star said there's more going on with Mauer's health than what's being told to the media. Something is wrong with him beyond "general soreness" and "bilateral leg weakness". You may read that and say "Well, no ####", but Mr. Dark Star made it seem like it's something fairly serious and that the team will reveal in time. The sooner the better, put an end to the speculation and crap.
This has only been an issue with Mauer for the past year, so it's a little premature to slap him with the "soft" tag. Now that he's got a fat contract and the team is playing like crap, it seems like everyone is eager to rip into him.
And as far as being a leader, I don't think Joe ever asked to be one. Some guys have the personality types to be a leader, some don't. Just because he's the local guy with a big contract doesn't mean he's gotta be the team leader.
Convenient. If he actually has a health issue, my bad. Ill retract my comments, til then, he deserves some criticism for production vs investment IMO. If that were true, and the team was sitting on some serious health issue, I doubt the guttless Guardy would have told him to "be available" the other day when he had a sore neck. Guardy had the closest thing to balls he ever had in an interview, saing how much of a "gamer" Cuddy is, and saying Mauer needs to be available if needed, IF Mauer had a serious health issue, Guardy wouldnt do that IMO.
And as far as him not being a leader, if he is paid like the face of the franchise and gets top player league wide money, like it or not, he needs to be a leader. If he doesnt know how to lead, he needs to watch Cuddy and freaking learn. "Superstars" need to learn to lead when the chips are down, not just when their team is winning. Do you think Mauer would have wanted to sit out last season when they were fighting for a post season birth??? No, but since they suck this season, he can sit out whenever a boo boo flares up.