11/11/10 6:30 PM EST
Mauer takes home fourth Silver Slugger
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (1B), New York's Robinson Cano (2B), Chicago's Alexei Ramirez (SS), Boston's Adrian Beltre (3B), Toronto's Jose Bautista, Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford and Texas' Josh Hamilton (OF) and Vladimir Guerrero (DH) join Mauer on the full list of AL Silver Sluggers. Not surprisingly, Mauer's individual statistics stood out above other AL catchers.With a .327 batting average, a .402 on-base percentage, 43 doubles, 167 hits and 88 runs scored, Mauer was tops among his peers in five categories. He finished second in RBIs at 75, behind Victor Martinez's 79, and third with a .469 slugging percentage.
AL SILVER SLUGGER WINNERS
|C||Joe Mauer, Twins||4|
|1B||Miguel Cabrera, Tigers||3|
|2B||Robinson Cano, Yankees||2|
|3B||Adrian Beltre, Red Sox||2|
|SS||Alexei Ramirez, White Sox||1|
|OF||Jose Bautista, Blue Jays||1|
|OF||Carl Crawford, Rays||1|
|OF||Josh Hamilton, Rangers||2|
|DH||Vladimir Guerrero, Rangers||8|
It's hard to imagine the Twins without Mauer as the catching staple, especially in the midst of his eight-year, $184 million extension. And, actually, they don't really have to think about the 27-year-old making any sort of change at this point."There will be a point where I'm not going to be able to play there anymore," said Mauer of his catching responsibilities, during a conference call to talk about his Gold Glove award. "But I hope I don't have to worry about this for a long time." Being both the short-term and future face of the franchise, Mauer was asked if he had been in touch with the Twins' higher-ups to pick his brain on potential moves. "I've been in contact with them," Mauer said. "But as far as making decisions, I'm a catcher, I'm a baseball player. That's all I'm preparing for. I'm not one to say we need this guy or that guy. My job is to catch and hit." Judging by these November honors, Mauer did very well in both categories during 2010.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.