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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
17 6392 .281 .348 .481 118 16.7
Birth Date5-15-1981
Height6' 4"
Weight220 lbs
Age38 years, 2 months, 2 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2003 MIN 22 40 115 24 4 0 4 9 30 0 0 0 .226 .287 .377 79 -2.7 0.5 -0.5 -0.1
2004 MIN 23 74 312 76 17 0 19 28 54 2 0 0 .271 .340 .536 125 10.4 -0.2 -4.0 0.9
2005 MIN 24 141 543 117 23 4 22 44 94 4 0 2 .239 .304 .437 100 0.5 0.1 -3.3 0.3
2006 MIN 25 157 661 190 37 1 34 53 93 5 3 3 .321 .375 .559 136 34.4 -1.1 -3.7 3.6
2007 MIN 26 157 668 160 31 3 31 64 91 5 1 1 .271 .343 .492 117 17.0 -1.8 2.6 2.4
2008 MIN 27 163 712 187 47 4 23 76 85 3 0 1 .300 .374 .499 127 25.2 -2.9 -14.9 1.5
2009 MIN 28 135 590 139 31 1 30 72 86 3 0 0 .274 .363 .516 128 21.8 1.0 -0.7 2.9
2010 MIN 29 81 348 102 25 1 18 50 62 0 0 0 .345 .437 .618 168 28.0 -3.1 -0.4 2.9
2011 MIN 30 69 288 60 16 0 4 19 44 3 0 0 .227 .285 .333 83 -5.3 -1.7 -6.2 -1.1
2012 MIN 31 134 570 135 26 2 19 49 102 6 1 0 .267 .333 .440 114 9.1 -4.2 -3.0 0.8
2013 MIN 32 127 543 128 32 0 17 37 98 6 0 0 .259 .315 .426 106 4.5 -0.6 -6.0 0.3
2013 PIT 32 25 92 20 4 0 0 13 12 1 0 0 .260 .370 .312 105 0.6 -0.4 -0.7 0.0
2014 COL 33 135 550 160 32 3 17 34 60 6 0 3 .319 .364 .496 122 13.1 -0.7 2.9 2.3
2015 COL 34 49 182 52 10 3 3 13 25 1 0 0 .310 .363 .458 103 1.3 0.2 -1.7 0.2
2016 CHA 35 58 218 53 14 1 6 12 52 1 0 0 .261 .303 .429 87 -2.9 -0.9 0.0 -0.2
Career1545639216033492324757398846510.281.348.481118155.0-15.8-39.516.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2000 ELZ Rk APL 0 24 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 QUD A MDW 64 269 .000 .000 .000 .387 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 FTM A+ FSL 53 234 .000 .000 .000 .355 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 NBR AA EAS 10 42 .000 .000 .000 .200 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 NBR AA EAS 126 548 .000 .000 .000 .336 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 MIN MLB AL 40 115 .269 .340 .430 .278 101 -4.2 3.1 -1.9 79 13 -0.5 0.5 -2.7 -0.1
2003 NBR AA EAS 20 86 .000 .000 .000 .339 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 ROC AAA INT 71 299 .000 .000 .000 .285 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MIN MLB AL 74 312 .270 .334 .435 .273 101 9.2 9.3 -5.9 125 16 -4.0 -0.2 10.4 0.9
2004 ROC AAA INT 72 326 .000 .000 .000 .301 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MIN MLB AL 141 543 .262 .326 .415 .251 97 -0.9 15.6 -10 100 8 -3.3 0.1 0.5 0.3
2006 MIN MLB AL 157 661 .272 .336 .432 .328 103 34 19.9 -12.8 136 10 -3.7 -1.1 34.4 3.6
2007 MIN MLB AL 157 668 .271 .334 .424 .270 95 20.5 19.8 -12.7 117 7 2.6 -1.8 17.0 2.4
2008 MIN MLB AL 163 712 .266 .332 .418 .312 98 33.8 20.6 -13.2 127 8 -14.9 -2.9 25.2 1.5
2009 MIN MLB AL 135 590 .265 .332 .424 .273 104 21.2 17.0 -10.9 128 7 -0.7 1.0 21.8 2.9
2010 MIN MLB AL 81 348 .260 .328 .404 .385 107 30.7 9.6 -6.1 168 11 -0.4 -3.1 28.0 2.9
2011 MIN MLB AL 69 288 .255 .320 .397 .257 104 -11.9 7.8 -5 83 12 -6.2 -1.7 -5.3 -1.1
2011 ROC AAA INT 7 31 .272 .335 .413 .370 94 2.1 1.0 -0.6 153 0 -0.2 0.1 1.7 0.2
2012 MIN MLB AL 134 570 .256 .317 .406 .294 104 5.9 15.6 -10 114 10 -3.0 -4.2 9.1 0.8
2013 MIN MLB AL 127 543 .251 .316 .394 .288 100 7.2 14.3 -9.1 106 9 -6.0 -0.6 4.5 0.3
2013 PIT MLB NL 25 92 .237 .303 .371 .303 100 -1.4 2.4 -1.5 105 9 -0.7 -0.4 0.6 0.0
2013 CAN int WBC 3 13 .000 .000 .000 .700 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 COL MLB NL 135 550 .254 .311 .389 .330 122 17 14.2 -9 122 8 2.9 -0.7 13.1 2.3
2014 CSP AAA PCL 1 4 .249 .329 .378 .500 115 0.3 0.1 -0.1 110 0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0
2015 COL MLB NL 49 182 .253 .314 .409 .350 108 3.4 4.9 -3.1 103 11 -1.7 0.2 1.3 0.2
2015 NBR AA EAS 5 18 .264 .336 .380 .538 91 4.2 0.5 -0.3 207 0 0.0 0.5 1.6 0.2
2016 CHA MLB AL 58 218 .253 .317 .411 .320 105 -1.6 6.2 -3.9 87 9 0.0 -0.9 -2.9 -0.2
2016 BIR AA SOU 2 9 .269 .326 .371 .333 93 1.1 0.2 -0.2 143 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0
2016 CHR AAA INT 6 19 .263 .354 .398 .154 117 -2.1 0.5 -0.3 36 0 0.0 -0.2 -1.5 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2000 ELZ Rk APL 24 23 4 5 0 0 1 8 3 1 6 0 0 .217 .250 .348 .130 0 0
2001 NBR AA EAS 42 38 3 6 1 0 0 7 4 3 8 0 0 .158 .220 .184 .026 0 0
2001 FTM A+ FSL 234 197 25 58 10 3 4 86 40 24 41 0 0 .294 .393 .437 .142 0 0
2001 QUD A MDW 269 236 50 84 17 2 12 141 53 26 38 0 0 .356 .426 .597 .242 0 0
2002 NBR AA EAS 548 494 72 147 31 4 16 234 80 42 88 7 0 .298 .360 .474 .176 0 0
2003 MIN MLB AL 115 106 14 24 4 0 4 40 16 9 30 0 0 .226 .287 .377 .151 0 0
2003 ROC AAA INT 299 265 39 71 11 1 16 132 42 28 56 0 2 .268 .347 .498 .230 0 0
2003 NBR AA EAS 86 79 14 26 3 1 6 49 13 7 14 0 0 .329 .384 .620 .291 0 0
2004 ROC AAA INT 326 288 51 88 23 0 22 177 63 32 47 1 1 .306 .381 .615 .309 0 0
2004 MIN MLB AL 312 280 39 76 17 0 19 150 58 28 54 0 0 .271 .340 .536 .264 2 0
2005 MIN MLB AL 543 490 62 117 23 4 22 214 79 44 94 0 2 .239 .304 .437 .198 5 0
2006 MIN MLB AL 661 592 97 190 37 1 34 331 130 53 93 3 3 .321 .375 .559 .238 11 0
2007 MIN MLB AL 668 590 84 160 31 3 31 290 111 64 91 1 1 .271 .343 .492 .220 9 0
2008 MIN MLB AL 712 623 97 187 47 4 23 311 129 76 85 0 1 .300 .374 .499 .199 10 0
2009 MIN MLB AL 590 508 85 139 31 1 30 262 100 72 86 0 0 .274 .363 .516 .242 7 0
2010 MIN MLB AL 348 296 53 102 25 1 18 183 56 50 62 0 0 .345 .437 .618 .274 2 0
2011 MIN MLB AL 288 264 19 60 16 0 4 88 30 19 44 0 0 .227 .285 .333 .106 2 0
2011 ROC AAA INT 31 30 8 11 4 0 1 18 8 1 2 0 0 .367 .387 .600 .233 0 0
2012 MIN MLB AL 570 505 63 135 26 2 19 222 77 49 102 1 0 .267 .333 .440 .172 10 0
2013 MIN MLB AL 543 495 56 128 32 0 17 211 74 37 98 0 0 .259 .315 .426 .168 5 0
2013 CAN int WBC 13 11 4 7 3 0 0 10 3 1 1 0 0 .636 .692 .909 .273 0 0
2013 PIT MLB NL 92 77 6 20 4 0 0 24 3 13 12 0 0 .260 .370 .312 .052 1 0
2014 CSP AAA PCL 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 .000 0
2014 COL MLB NL 550 502 62 160 32 3 17 249 82 34 60 0 3 .319 .364 .496 .177 8
2015 COL MLB NL 182 168 19 52 10 3 3 77 15 13 25 0 0 .310 .363 .458 .149 0 0
2015 NBR AA EAS 18 18 4 9 2 0 2 17 9 0 3 0 0 .500 .500 .944 .444 0 0
2016 BIR AA SOU 9 6 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 .333 .556 .333 .000 0 0
2016 CHR AAA INT 19 17 1 2 0 1 0 4 1 1 4 0 0 .118 .211 .235 .118 0 0
2016 CHA MLB AL 218 203 16 53 14 1 6 87 25 12 52 0 0 .261 .303 .429 .167 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 2451 0.4827 0.4774 0.8419 0.6120 0.3517 0.8950 0.7556 0.1581 -0.0106
2009 2106 0.4748 0.4839 0.7802 0.6450 0.3382 0.8558 0.6497 0.2198 -0.0112
2010 1332 0.4512 0.4557 0.7891 0.6090 0.3297 0.8661 0.6722 0.2109 -0.0042
2011 1103 0.4723 0.5005 0.8080 0.6814 0.3385 0.8845 0.6701 0.1920 -0.0048
2012 2087 0.4849 0.5395 0.7726 0.7204 0.3693 0.8354 0.6574 0.2274 -0.0053
2013 2408 0.4672 0.5141 0.7884 0.6773 0.3710 0.8714 0.6555 0.2116 -0.0026
2014 1878 0.4489 0.5490 0.8341 0.7331 0.3990 0.9029 0.7312 0.1659 -0.0020
2015 608 0.4474 0.5280 0.7975 0.6765 0.4077 0.8696 0.7007 0.2025 -0.0041
2016 838 0.4320 0.5549 0.7505 0.7210 0.4286 0.8544 0.6176 0.2495 0.0000
Career148110.46720.50840.79940.67170.36510.87150.68340.2006-0.0057

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-13 2014-09-15 DTD 2 2 - Trunk Strain Ribcage -
2014-08-16 2014-08-19 DTD 3 2 - Neck Stiffness -
2014-07-14 2014-07-29 15-DL 15 10 - Neck Strain -
2014-05-08 2014-05-09 DTD 1 1 - Neck Tightness - -
2014-03-01 2014-03-10 Camp 9 0 - Neck Stiffness - -
2013-06-01 2013-06-04 DTD 3 2 - General Medical Illness Flu - -
2013-03-27 2013-04-01 Camp 5 0 - Low Back Tightness - -
2012-05-01 2012-05-16 15-DL 15 14 Left Wrist Inflammation - -
2012-04-20 2012-04-21 DTD 1 1 Right Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2011-09-30 2011-09-30 Off 0 0 Left Wrist Surgery Subluxing Tendon 2011-09-30 -
2011-09-19 2011-09-19 On-Alr 0 0 Right Foot Surgery Bone Spur 2011-09-19 -
2011-09-18 2011-09-18 On-Alr 0 0 Left Knee Surgery Cyst 2011-09-19 -
2011-08-29 2011-09-29 15-DL 31 29 - Head Concussion Diving for Ball - -
2011-08-21 2011-08-23 DTD 2 2 - Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2011-06-10 2011-06-10 On-Alr 0 0 Left Wrist Soreness -
2011-06-10 2011-08-12 15-DL 63 55 Neck Surgery Herniated Disc 2011-06-29
2011-06-04 2011-06-06 DTD 2 2 Left Wrist Soreness -
2011-05-31 2011-05-31 DTD 0 0 Neck Nerve Injury -
2011-05-17 2011-05-17 DTD 0 0 Neck Soreness -
2011-05-07 2011-05-07 DTD 0 0 Elbow Soreness -
2011-04-20 2011-04-20 On-Alr 0 0 - Neck Soreness Cortisone Injection - -
2011-04-17 2011-04-23 DTD 6 5 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2011-02-15 2011-03-11 Camp 24 0 Head Recovery From Concussion Kneed While Sliding Into Base -
2010-07-08 2010-10-10 60-DL 94 78 Head Concussion Kneed While Sliding Into Base -
2010-06-05 2010-06-05 DTD 0 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2010-04-28 2010-04-30 DTD 2 2 Upper Back Soreness -
2010-03-16 2010-03-19 Camp 3 0 Low Back Soreness -
2009-10-20 2009-10-20 Off 0 0 Right Wrist Surgery Bone Chips 2009-10-20
2009-09-13 2009-10-12 DTD 29 21 Low Back Stress Fracture -
2009-08-18 2009-08-24 DTD 6 6 Right General Medical Illness Inner Ear Infection -
2009-07-02 2009-07-03 DTD 1 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-03-30 2009-04-04 Camp 5 0 Low Back Tightness -
2008-11-19 2008-11-29 Off 10 0 Face Surgery LASIK 2008-11-19
2008-07-20 2008-07-20 DTD 0 0 Hand Contusion HBP -
2008-06-01 2008-06-01 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Contusion Foul Ball -
2007-06-23 2007-06-28 DTD 5 5 Trunk Contusion Lung From Collision At Plate -
2007-05-14 2007-05-15 DTD 1 0 Face Fracture Nose -
2005-06-04 2005-06-04 DTD 0 0 Left Elbow Bone Spur -
2005-06-02 2005-06-02 DTD 0 0 Left Elbow Strain -
2005-04-07 2005-04-22 15-DL 15 13 Head Concussion HBP -
2005-03-09 2005-03-14 Camp 5 0 Right Abdomen Surgery Cyst Removal 2005-03-14
2004-10-30 2004-10-30 Off 0 0 Abdomen Surgery Appendix 2004-10-30
2004-09-19 2004-09-23 DTD 4 4 Left Hand Soreness HBP -
2004-08-23 2004-08-24 DTD 1 1 Left Hand Contusion HBP -
2003-02-24 2003-03-09 Camp 13 0 Right Fracture Big Toe -
2002-05-17 2002-05-17 Minors 0 0 Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2002-03-27 2002-04-12 Minors 16 0 General Medical Illness GI -
1999-07-14 1999-08-06 Minors 23 0 Right Hand Fracture - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 CHA $
2015 COL $6,750,000
2014 COL $5,000,000
2013 MIN $15,000,000
2012 MIN $15,000,000
2011 MIN $15,000,000
2010 MIN $15,000,000
2009 MIN $11,600,000
2008 MIN $8,400,000
2007 MIN $4,500,000
2006 MIN $385,000
2005 MIN $345,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$96,980,000
11 yrTotal$96,980,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 112 dISE Baseball1 year/$1M (2016)

Details
  • 1 year/$1M (2016). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 6/9/16. Retired 1/18.
  • 2 years/$12.5M (2014-15), plus 2016 mutual option. Signed by Colorado as a free agent 12/13/13. 14:$5M, 15:$6.75M, 16:$9M mutual option ($0.75M buyout if club declines). 2015 salary increases based on 2014 performance: $0.5M with 550 plate appearances, $1.5M with top 3 finish in MVP vote, $0.375M for All-Star selection. Colorado declined 2016 option 10/29/15.
  • 6 years/$80M (2008-13). Signed extension with Minnesota 1/25/08 (avoided arbitration). Replaced 1 year, $7.4M contract signed 1/18/08. $6M signing bonus. 08:$7.4M, 09:$10.6M, 10-13:$14M annually. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from Minnesota 8/31/13.
  • 1 year/$4.5M (2007). Re-signed by Minnesota 2/07 (avoided arbitration, $5M-$4M).
  • 1 year/$0.385M (2006). Re-signed 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.345M (2005). Re-signed 3/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Recalled 5/04, 7/04.
  • 1 year (2003). Contract purchased by Minnesota 11/02. Optioned to Triple-A 3/03. Recalled 6/03, 9/03.
  • Drafted 1999 (3-89) (New Westminster HS, British Columbia). $0.29M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2019-05-13 16:00:00 (link to chat)Which teams have the best and most entertaining television broadcasts?
(Justin from MN)
I find myself liking most of the West Coast teams' broadcasts, although it's possible my overall love of watching late-night West Coast games makes me biased. Off the top of my head, some broadcast crews I seek out consistently are the Cubs, Mariners, Padres, Mets, Giants, White Sox, and Yankees.

Also: I think Justin Morneau's addition to the Twins' broadcasts has been fantastic. He's a massive upgrade. (Aaron Gleeman)
2019-05-13 16:00:00 (link to chat)Are you more likely to tune in to the Twins' TV broadcasts this year or you still fully hitting that mute button? If the former, what have you thought of Morneau? Kaat? Any others you'd like to see on?
(The Cat from it my house now)
Following up on my earlier comment: Justin Morneau has been great. LaTroy Hawkins was also good last year. Roy Smalley is always solid. Glen Perkins and Michael Cuddyer have a chance to be really good. Generally speaking, I'm in favor of younger players getting an opportunity. Not only can they speak about the modern game, and tell stories about competing against players still active, their overall enthusiasm level is higher and, in the Twins' case, they seem to put far more prep work into doing the job. (Aaron Gleeman)
2014-07-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Which baseball player would be the best at curling?
(Beau from San Francisco)
Justin Morneau, born in British Columbia. I would also pay too much money to watch Yadier Molina try it and become terrific at it. (Matt Sussman)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Going forward, 6x6 dynasty w/ OPS ::: Adam LaRoche, Cory Hart, or Justin Morneau in Coors? thankyouverymuch.
(bb10kbb10k from Erie, PA)
Morneau, Hart, and LaRoche... not a ton of separation though (Paul Sporer)
2013-10-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do the Pirates do about their first base situation going into next season?
(Dave from Pittsburgh)
It's an interesting question. They could bring back Morneau, but it really seems like he's not ever going to be Justin Morneau again. A first baseman that slugged .411 with a 323 on-base just doesn't seem like a good answer. Mike Napoli may be available if the Red Sox don't lock him up between the end of the Series and the start of free agency, but aside from him, I think the Pirates might have to see what they can find on the trade market. Or, sign Morneau, cross your fingers, and power up at other positions. (Matthew Kory)
2013-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Between Tampa and Cleveland which team needs Justin Morneau more and which team do you see him ending up with? In your opinion what type of contract is he looking for & what will he get.
(Steve Kinsella from Tampa)
I would expect a one-year deal worth a few million. Morneau is not a player I feel as though I have a good grasp on, and I'm struggling to place him as a potential top-50 free agent. Maybe Tampa Bay re-signs James Loney and Cleveland wins by default. Although would the Indians be better off with Swisher in the outfield and Morneau at first base, or with Swisher at first base and someone else in the outfield? (R.J. Anderson)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Are you buying Justin Morneau as a real bounce-back candidate?
(Brett from MN)
I think Morneau will be solid again, but I have a hard time seeing him as the elite hitter that he once was if that's what you mean. (Mike Gianella)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your view of Justin Morneau for the rest of 2011 and beyond? Is he ever going to come back to the MVP (or near MVP - granting that he was not the MVP even when he won!) performance? If not, what do you think we can reasonably expect from him?
(straymond from toronto )
Never been as big on Morneau as most people, and a year like this given all his problems doesn't surprise me. Since concussions can linger longer than you might think and now with the pinched nerve supposed to linger the entire rest of the season (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110531&content_id=19825096¬ebook_id=19825894&vkey=notebook_min&c_id=min&partnerId=rss_min), he's a "sell low" type for me. Don't give him away, but hope you can find someone who's looking for upside and thinks he can still be that MVP-caliber guy this year, because I don't think he will be. (Derek Carty)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your thoughts on Justin Morneau's season?
(southsidepride from Chicago)
Concussions are scary. Jeff Zimmerman found a significant decline in performance for players returning from concussions. I'd be surprised if he played in more than 130 games. But fortunately, it seems like he and the Twins have been cautious, so when he does play, it probably means that he's feeling well enough to perform. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2010-08-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Joe -- two quick questions on division prognostications (thanks): 1. Twins or White Sox? 2. Braves or Phillies? (And chances of the division loser being the NL wild card)
(npieper from Minneapolis)
ALC will depend on Justin Morneau and Kenny Williams. I picked a tie at ASB and I'll pick one again now. NLE, Phillies. They could have a huge September once healthy. (Joe Sheehan)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Smoak actually better than Montero? Shouldn't you just try to get the best prospect back?
(Alex from SF, CA)
I like Smoak better, honestly. I see visions of a switch-hitting Justin Morneau at his peak. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Justin Morneau: best, bester, or bestest?
(Minneapolitan from Nashville)
Finally hitting like the reputation he unfairly developed years ago acted like he already did. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)The reputation that permitted him to steal the 2006 MVP from the clearly correct choice, Joe Mauer?
(Minneapolitan from Nashville)
That's the one! I think he got tired of people saying Justin Smoak was the switch-hitting Justin Morneau, or that Joey Votto was the hitter people thought Justin Morneau was. He's taken it up a notch or six. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)thoughts on Joey Votto this year? he seems to be all over the place in everyone's rankings.
(sawred14 from Forked River, NJ)
Vottosaurus Rex is great, I just have to figure out how great when compared to other first basemen. 1B is seriously stacked--Kendry Morales was just a little above-average last year despite the great line he put up. I like Votto more than most though--dude is what people thought/think Justin Morneau is. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Will. Fill in the blank: Justin Morneau will start ___ games this year and put up a line of ___/___/___.
(MrOrange from CA)
You have mistaken me for PECOTA. Don't worry, I get that a lot. No idea on the line, but I think 140 games is a pretty solid goal. With Thome there, I worry that DH isn't a possibility, especially with Kubel needing some time there. Gardenhire's going to have to really mix and match to maximize this lineup, especially in April. (Will Carroll)
2010-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Votto=Albert Pujols? Am I crazy?
(lyndon from Columbus)
Yes. Joey Votto is more like the player people think Justin Morneau is. (Marc Normandin)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Is Brock Peterson going to take Justin Morneau's job? I know he had just decent numbers in the minor leagues, but if Morneau is not playing through his injury during the postseason, he obviously doesn't care about the Twins. Peterson was a 49th round pick so to make it to AAA means he really cares, and his character must be much better than Morneau's.
(russadams from Tony Gwynn's stomach)
Seriously folks -- I can't make this stuff up. And remember, we're the place for the intelligent fan! (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What would the Twins and Justin Morneau have had to lose if they tried to play him in the playoffs? From my understanding of his stress fracture is stable, and extended rest will heal it. When they shut him down, they appeared to be out of the playoff hunt. Isn't the chance to win a world series worth the possible loss of a month or two of next season's action, as long as there is no risk of exacerbating the condition into a career threatening situation?
(JA from Chanhassen, MN)
When he played he was in significant pain. If he played, he could unseat the healing and start the process over. It's also HIS SPINE. You don't mess with spines. They didn't shut him down bc they were out, but bc they got a differential diagnosis that demanded he be shut down. (Will Carroll)
2009-09-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the Twins still have a shot at catching the Tigers? Please tell me this late run will cement Mauer's MVP award. As much as I'd like to see Jeter get it, Mauer really deserves it.
(Nick Stone from New York City)
Given that the Twins have four games remaining with the Tigers, yes, I think they still have a shot, though they probably have to do no worse than 3-1 in that series while picking up a game or two elsewhere.

Whether or not they win it, I do think that this late run has been good for his MVP cause. If nothing else, the Twins will have had a shot past the point when Sainted Justin Morneau succumbed to injury (to say nothing of the fact that he'd been hitting .150 or something for the past four weeks). It's good for his narrative, for those voters who seem to depend upon such narratives. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a Twins fan I'm a little worried that Mauer will be DQ'd from the MVP if the team finishes poorly.
(paulbellows from Calgary)
Based on recent history, Justin Morneau probably has a better shot than Mauer. We might end up looking back at Utley and Mauer and thinking 'how the hell did these guys not win multiple MVPs.' (Shawn Hoffman)
2009-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What goodies would have to be packaged to get Mauer this offseason? Would the Twins be interested in Buchholz, Bowden, Ellsbury + 2 upside low-A guys? Obviously the trade would be contingent upon getting him to sign an extension...
(Theo from 4 Yawkey Way)
The Twins, heading into their new park, would be more likely to draw and quarter Justin Morneau than they would be to trade Joe Mauer. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Votto. I'm stacked at the position and could use some help on the mound. What's his value on the trade market? Anybody in particular I should be buying low?
(Chad from NYC)
Well, I think Joey Votto = Justin Morneau, but you're going to have to convince whoever you're trading with that it's true. (Marc Normandin)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Justin Morneau "Not even the best player on his own team / The gaudy numbers are a direct result of hitting behind players better than me" award. And the David Wright Award for "Punishment in MVP voting because his teammates are terrible"
(Aaron from YYZ)
Both solid entries. I like where this is going. (Marc Normandin)
2009-03-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)I keep hearing Lyle Overbay comps regarding Logan Morrison. Please tell me he'll hit with more power.
(Josh Conklin from NH)
His top PECOTA comps include Kent Hrbek, Greg Walker, and Justin Morneau, none bearing the least resemblance to Overbay. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin, if the White Sox move Beckham to third base, how does that effect his long term potential as a prospect? It would seem his bat would be more valuable at shortstop or second base than at third...
(Eric from Memphis)
But isn't that the case with everyone? Wouldn't Justin Morneau's bat be more valuable at shorstop? That said, I wouldn't move him yet. He's not a pig at SS. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-09-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)How ridiculous and disappointing is the talk of Dustin Pedroia as AL MVP?
(KerryFam4 from ATL)
There's just so few candidates--they keep getting hurt--that it's almost natural to focus on the guys who's still playing and playing well for a good team. I can understand the discussion, and frankly, I expect the AL MVP to be a random these days, anyway. Pedroia will end up top six or so in most metrics, and probably the best player on his team (him or Youkilis) so he's not Justin Morneau, 2006. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Jason Kubel be put in the same sentence as Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau?
(Brock D from Shakopee, MN)
"Jason Kubel, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau have never been in my kitchen."

Yes.

Kubel's not that guy. He's a good fourth banana on a team missing a third. Now, anyway...I suspect he has some late kick in him that gets him to a .300/.380/.520 peak for a couple of years. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Christina: Travis Hafner, Kent Hrbek awaiting or just an injury plagued 07 and return to mashing? On the same note, who do you like the best this year of Manny Ramirez, Justin Morneau, or Travis Hafner? Thanks CK. Love your work.
(sriramk1027 from Palo ALto)
I'm not a Pronk believer, I'm sad to say. A short career arc for a guy who got a late start shouldn't have surprised everyone as much as it did.

From that trio, I'll pick Morneau, because I figure he'll regain ground lost last season while batting in the middle of a stronger overall Twins lineup. (Christina Kahrl)
2004-09-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where is Justin Morneau's PECOTA card? What do you see as his peak season, HR OBP SLG?
(Jake from PHX)
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/pecota/morneju01.php

I suspect that he'll have at least one or two seasons along the lines of .340/.455/.675. Think left-handed Bagwell. (Nate Silver)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-22 16:30:00World Series Game OneMore shifty guys:

"Steve (ND): Jay - Justin Morneau has it put on him, although not all of the time."

"fsumatthunter (Tallahassee): Mike Jacobs gets the shift, I swear! I watch every Marlins game."

Really on Jacobs? I guess I didn't notice in that final series against the Mets, but then again I was watching two or three games at once for most of that weekend. (Jay Jaffe)
 

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