While watching Denard Span single-handedly beat the Tigers, I had a thought.
Here are Joe Mauer's numbers going into tonight: .300 avg, .378 OBP, .428 slugging, 3 HRs, 34 RBI.
Sound at all familiar. It should. Let's extrapolate those numbers to the rest of the season, and then compare them against a prominent catcher from the team's past:
Yes, that's right. Your precious Joe Mauer's is putting up nearly identical numbers to Brian Harper's 162-game averages while he was a Twin, only with less power and more walks.
The Twins have committed $23 million a year to Brian Harper with chicken-arms. And sadly, that $23 mil is more than the real Brian Harper made in his entire career (best season = $2.5 mil).
Not only that, but he gave the world two amazing gifts:
1. His only begotten son, Bryce, a blessed deity inhabiting a human body, who was sent to the Washington Nationals to lead them out of the shadow of satan (Cristian Guzman).
2. That sweet stache.
So really, who should be making the $23 million here?
Or this obvious lady-killer: