local sports radio guy Dan Barreiro is no fan of Joe Mauer, thinks he is an overrated and overpaid ballplayer, and refers to him as "The Baby Jesus" because locals worship him.
Well, things looked pretty awful for The Baby Jesus on June 24, 2011 when he was hitting .186 with an OPS of .454. Those are, almost exactly, Drew Butera numbers.
Today is July 20.
Joe Mauer -- Now batting .297101, giving him the best batting average of any healthy Twins regular. (Cuddyer is at .297059 by my calculations).
Joe Mauer's current OPS is around .710. (this despite the fact that Joe rarely hits anything but singles in 2011).
So, in less than a month, Mauer has raised his average 111 points and his OPS by 250 points.
It should be noted, also, that he is the Twins best fielding first baseman and best fielding catcher, and he is beginning to run the bases at over 65% efficiency.
Welcome back, Baby Jesus.