That's right folks, you heard it here first, Jesus decided to have a little more fun the second time around and go by the name Joe and be a better baseball player than the world has ever seen. I'm grateful that He came back and decided to play for the Twins, though I'm slightly baffled as to why He didn't help the Cubs out,...oh yeah, that's right, He hates the Cubs.
In all seriousness though, people, it's time to start paying attention. I know we're in the middle of June, but Joe "The Man" Mauer is hitting .429 through his first 156 at-bats this season and has shown no signs of slowing down. He's hit safetly in 10 of his last 17 ABs, and 17 of his last 34 ABs. He could go 0-fer in his next ten at bats and still be hitting over .400.
In the post-steriod era, this is the kind of thing we're going to be looking forward to, players chasing .400 or chasing the SB record. This is pretty exciting though because when McGwire passed Maris for the HR title in 1998, it had only been 37 years since the previous record was set. However, it has been 68 years since the last .400 hitter in baseball (Ted Williams, .406, 1941). The closest we've seen in the past 30 years was Tony Gwynn who, when the players went on strike that year, was hitting .394.
By no means, am I saying that Mauer is a lock to hit .400, there are still 3 1/2 months of the season to be played, but I am saying that if anyone in the Majors right now has a shot, it's him. He's about as consistent a hitter as there has been in the last 50 years in Major League Baseball and he's looking 100% healthy which is really the key for Mauer.