Twins give Joe Mauer eight-year, $184 million contract extension

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The Twins might not have a closer this season, but they have Joe Mauer for the next nine.
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Ernest Johnson

Deer River, MN

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Mar 21, 2010
 
about time twins sign this fine young man, he is without a doubt the best catcher in the majors, now and probably forever
Mary White-Homes

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Mar 21, 2010
 
Man-O-man,$184 million; that's some cold hard cash. I hope the greedy pig is happy. Ten bucks says he's hurt within six months. Twins got taken by a "home Town Kid" who happens to live in Florida since graduating from high school.

Since: Feb 08

Big Lake, MN

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#5
Mar 21, 2010
 
It was asked if the Twins should they give Mauer Minneapolis or St. Paul? Well, now we have the answer, they gave him BOTH!

Let me also offer a proclamation that St. Paul be renamed St. Joe.
Slim

Denver, CO

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Mar 21, 2010
 
It ain't my money, so I like it!
Mexico Mark

Garza García, Mexico

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#7
Mar 21, 2010
 
IT ain't my money?

They built a new stadium with OUR money.

What a bunch of SAPS we are to let these rich folks
get richer on our dime.
Jake

United States

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#8
Mar 21, 2010
 
$142k/game; $15,775/inning... for some clown to hit a ball with a stick... Yep, joe... don't forget to start a bunch of charity foundations and ask us for more money while saving your own...

Since: Mar 10

Saint Paul, MN

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#9
Mar 21, 2010
 
Mexico Mark!
Don't even start with that crap with all of YOUR illegal counterparts that WE (not you) pay billions for! STFU!
Dick

United States

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#10
Mar 21, 2010
 
At 530 at-bats per season, that's more than $40,000 per at-bat.
Proud American

Saint Paul, MN

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#12
Mar 22, 2010
 
Foolish! This man is not worth the money!
buried in cash

Fargo, ND

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#13
Mar 22, 2010
 
Hey Joe, Can you spare a dime amigo,my friend senior Si! amigo. LOL
Danny Boy

Calgary, Canada

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#14
Mar 22, 2010
 
I guess it's good to be Joe Mauer....good for him and good for the Twins for getting it done...NOW, play ball!!!!!
The economist

Tokyo, Japan

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Mar 22, 2010
 
Dear all who think this is a bad deal:
The MARKET dictates the price, not the Twins, not the Pohlads, etc. It is society, not the MN taxpayers or the Twins, that have determined the worth of someone that can hit a curve ball. Quit living in the 1950's and think that sports is not "worth it"- society has obviously voted that yes, pro sports are important to them. If you firmly believe that teachers (or whomever) should be the highest members of society because they are training our future, then work with the system like everyone else to raise your issue to the forefront. In the mean time, SHUT UP and GO TWINS
JEF

Burnsville, MN

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Mar 22, 2010
 
Though a good portion of it will go to taxes, this is still an obscene amount of money to pay an athlete. Fans will ultimately pay in the form of higher-priced tickets. But more than anything, it just goes to show you how skewed this society is, a society where the most money goes to people who throw a ball around. It is almost insane.
The economist

Tokyo, Japan

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Mar 22, 2010
 
Mary White-Homes wrote:
Man-O-man,$184 million; that's some cold hard cash. I hope the greedy pig is happy. Ten bucks says he's hurt within six months. Twins got taken by a "home Town Kid" who happens to live in Florida since graduating from high school.
Why is this about Joe being a greedy pig- it is society and the MARKET that determines the wages for MLB players. If you do not agree, then do not go to games, fight tax payer funded stadiums (which is silly, given the positive economics of having a major league team, but a different argument)etc. IN the end, Joe has performed at historic proportions for his position and therefore the market is rewarding him at historic rates. I do not see a problem with it - the fans and tax payers are creating the market, he is taking what the market "gives". In the mean time, either enjoy it or vote against it. Otherwise, SHUT UP, the market has spoken.
The economist

Tokyo, Japan

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Mar 22, 2010
 
JEF wrote:
Though a good portion of it will go to taxes, this is still an obscene amount of money to pay an athlete. Fans will ultimately pay in the form of higher-priced tickets. But more than anything, it just goes to show you how skewed this society is, a society where the most money goes to people who throw a ball around. It is almost insane.
If the people that are enjoying that activity are paying the higher price, isn't that exactly what we want? Those the that enjoy the spectacle are paying for it in the form of higher prices? Just asking because I do not know how much do the taxes of the Twins players, stadium taxes, parking revenue taxes, etc pay back to MN for the investment? I am honestly not sure and would like to see the return on invested capital (ROIC for the MBA's) on the new stadium for tax payers.
GoAway

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#19
Mar 22, 2010
 
No wonder the Twins couldn`t afford to build their own stadium. They needed public money because they do this crap.
JoeMauer

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#20
Mar 22, 2010
 
Listen you people.

Do you realize how hard I worked to earn the rights to this kind of paycheck?

I have health care, do you?

I didn`t even have to put one dime into my new stadium, did you?

Minnesota? I live in Florida you fools.

Winters here? No way. You think I`d stay here?

You owe me now. Better cross your fingers that I don`t get hurt on the job.
mnhusker

Albertville, MN

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#21
Mar 22, 2010
 
Nobody is worth this kind of money. Pro sports salaries are out of control.
poor folk

Lakeville, MN

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Mar 22, 2010
 
Good work if you can get it.
Baffled

Houston, TX

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#23
Mar 22, 2010
 
$63,000 a day. That's what it averages out to over 8 years. More money per DAY than 2/3 the people in our country make all year. I say good for Joe, get it while it's hot. But as a "regular joe", I've got my own life to live. I won't go to the new park and pay to watch. Maybe Joe Mauer should buy up all the seats for a day and donate them to underprivileged children.

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