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Go ahead and bash Mauer, but you're wrong

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Joe Mauer's eight-year, $184 million contract has come under intense scrutiny ever since he put his named on that dotted line before the 2010 season.

He should hit for more power, he should play more games, who in the wide world of bats and balls pays a catcher $23 million a year anyway? Just a few of the criticisms Twins fans, local pundits, and national naysayers have levied against Mauer.

This year, it's been that he strikes out too much, which definitely is a strange departure from his usual impossible-to-fan plate appearances, but the rate is still very manageable.

Take a look at Joe's numbers, and take a look at this story from Yahoo! about exactly how great Mauer has been this season.

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