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Mauer's contract annoying, but not a distraction
March 9, 2010 - Per Peterson
Joe Mauer’s fooling himself if he thinks he’s not a distraction to the club. The All-World catcher has repeatedly told reporters he doesn’t want to discuss his contract and become a distraction to the team. We this from athletes a lot. It’s crap. You kidding me? Athletes love attention, even ones as humble as Mauer. But it shouldn’t matter. These are grown men we’re talking about here — grown men who should be able to concentrate enough to hone their swings or perfect turning a double play. You think they’re going to go 0-for-4 in a spring training game because they’re thinking about Mauer’s contract. Plus, this is the Twins, not the Yankees. And even though Mauer has become one of the most-recognized players in baseball, anything that happens surrounding him pales in comparison to things that go on on the left side of the Yankees’ infield. It’s not as if the national media are clamoring around Mauer everywhere he goes. Mauer and his looming contract will only be distraction if his teammates let it become one. Joe Nathan’s right arm? Now that’s a distraction.
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