74 Facts About Joe Mauer

1. Joe Mauer picked hardball as his life's pursuit, and Twins fans ought to wake up every morning thankful for that.

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2. Joe Mauer will take part in a ceremonial puck drop before the game and family members will announce Let's Play Hockey and make a This Is Our Ice contribution before the game.

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3. On December 11, 2011, Joe Mauer announced his engagement to Saint Paul nurse Maddie Bisanz, his girlfriend of about 18 months and a fellow graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall High School.

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4. Joe Mauer shared a house with former Twins teammate Justin Morneau in Saint Paul, Minnesota, during the 2006 season.

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5. Joe Mauer exited to a standing ovation from the crowd and both dugouts.

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6. Joe Mauer was named to his 6th All-Star Game as the starting catcher.

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7. Joe Mauer played in only 82 games all year, batted only.

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8. Joe Mauer made his first Major League start at first base on July 7, 2011 in Chicago, where he turned the first ball hit to him into an unassisted double play.

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9. Joe Mauer hit his 1,000th career Major League hit on September 14, 2010 against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field.

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10. Joe Mauer had won as many batting championships in a span of four years as all other Major League catchers in the history of baseball through 2009 combined.

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11. Joe Mauer was the youngest player to win a batting title since Alex Rodriguez in 1996.

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12. Joe Mauer was the first player since Mike Piazza in 1997 to reach base four or more times for five consecutive games.

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13. Joe Mauer was named to the All-State team during his final two years on Cretin-Derham's basketball team.

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14. Joe Mauer was voted best hitter at the World Junior Baseball Championship in Canada in 2000.

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15. Joe Mauer set a Minnesota high school record and tied the national preps mark by hitting a home run in seven consecutive games.

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16. Joe Mauer is the only catcher in MLB history to win three batting titles, and the only catcher to ever win a batting title in the American League.

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17. Joe Mauer officially announced his retirement and is arguably one of the greatest players to put on a Minnesota Twins uniform.

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18. Joe Mauer is leaving the field after a 15-year major league career, but not Minnesota or the Twins.

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19. Joe Mauer announces retirement after fifteen seasons with the Twins.

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20. Joe Mauer arrives for his retirement news conference Monday, Nov 12, 2018, in Minneapolis, after playing 15 major league seasons, all with the Minnesota Twins baseball team.

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21. Joe Mauer formalized his goodbye to the game Monday at a news conference packed with people with whom.

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22. Joe Mauer announced his retirement from baseball Friday, ending a professional career spent entirely in the Twins' organization.

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23. Joe Mauer has decided to retire from baseball, he announced in a letter to fans.

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24. Joe Mauer won the AL MVP, three batting titles, three Gold Gloves, five Silver Sluggers, and made six All-Star appearances during his years with the.

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25. Joe Mauer wrote a letter to Twins fans that the team published on their website Friday.

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26. Joe Mauer made it official Friday, he is retiring after 15 seasons with the Minnesota Twins, the team has confirmed.

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27. Joe Mauer made his announcement in a letter to fans that was released by the Twins.

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28. Joe Mauer formalized his goodbye to the game on Monday at a news conference packed with people he's close to.

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29. Joe Mauer is leaving the playing field after a 15-year major league career, but not Minnesota or the Twins.

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30. On Monday, the organization and Joe Mauer hosted an official retirement news conference.

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31. Joe Mauer was a 17-year-old senior at Cretin-Derham Hall and had just completed one of the best.

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32. Joe Mauer gets emotional in his goodbye with Twins royalty looking on.

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33. On Monday, Joe Mauer made it officially official with a retirement press conference at Target Field.

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34. Joe Mauer reflects during retirement press conference: 'It's been a true honor to wear one jersey all these years'.

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35. Joe Mauer officially bids Twins farewell in tear-filled news conference.

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36. Joe Mauer officially retired from baseball Monday after 15 MLB seasons—all with the Twins, of course.

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37. Joe Mauer announces his retirement after 15 seasons with Twins.

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38. Joe Mauer decides to retire after 15 seasons with Twins.

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39. Joe Mauer wraps up an amazing career, all of which was spent with the Twins.

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40. Joe Mauer retires with a fascinating Hall of Fame case.

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41. Joe Mauer made the announcement by writing a letter to Twins fans on Friday.

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42. Joe Mauer will make his official announcement in a full-page ad in Sunday's Star Tribune, per the publication.

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43. Joe Mauer announced his retirement from baseball after 15 seasons with the Minnesota Twins.

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44. Joe Mauer retires after 15 seasons with Twins, writes goodbye letter to Minnesota fans.

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45. Joe Mauer made his announcement in a letter to fans that was released by the Twins and is set to run in.

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46. Joe Mauer detailed his decision in a lengthy letter to fans, which the Twins posted online.

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47. Joe Mauer announced his retirement Friday, writing that he was leaving baseball with a "full and grateful heart" after 15 seasons with the Minnesota Twins.

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48. Joe Mauer lauded by former teammates, opponents after making retirement announcement.

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49. Joe Mauer has played his final game, a decision he announced Friday but one that can be traced back to.

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50. In 2012 Joe Mauer bought a house in Sunfish Lake, Minnesota.

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51. On December 11, 2011, Joe Mauer announced his engagement to St Paul nurse Maddie Bisanz, his girlfriend of about 18 months and a fellow graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall High School.

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52. Joe Mauer shared a house with former Twins teammate Justin Morneau in St Paul during the 2006 season.

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53. Joe Mauer appeared as a playable pro in Backyard Baseball 2009.

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54. Joe Mauer appeared in a TV commercial for Explore Minnesota, the state tourism agency, in March 2011.

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55. Joe Mauer was selected as a catcher and first baseman for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

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56. Joe Mauer is the first AL catcher to win a batting title and holds the record for the most batting titles by a catcher in a career.

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57. On November 9, 2018, Joe Mauer officially retired from baseball in an open letter to Twins fans.

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58. Joe Mauer started his 13th Opening Day in 2017, tying with Harmon Killebrew for the franchise record.

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59. Joe Mauer set career marks in games played, plate appearances (666) and at bats (592).

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60. Joe Mauer was the Twins' Opening Day catcher, with Ryan Doumit as his backup, and saw time at first base and designated hitter.

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61. At the start of spring training, Joe Mauer expressed strong dissatisfaction with the previous season, saying "I've kind of been answering.

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62. Joe Mauer returned to play with the Minnesota Twins on June 17, 2011 and received a standing ovation from the fans.

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63. On March 21, 2010, Joe Mauer agreed to an eight-year contract extension with the Twins worth $184 million, which took effect in the 2011 and ran through the 2018 season.

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64. On November 23 Joe Mauer was named the 2009 American League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, with 27 of 28 first place votes.

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65. Joe Mauer missed the start of the 2009 regular season and returned on May 1.

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66. Joe Mauer was named the American League's 2009 MVP by a near-unanimous decision.

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67. Joe Mauer won his first Gold Glove award in 2008, announced on November 6.

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68. On July 6, Joe Mauer was announced as the starting catcher for the American League in the 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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69. On February 11, 2007, Joe Mauer agreed to a four-year, $34 million contract with the Twins to avoid arbitration.

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70. Joe Mauer appeared on the cover of the August 7, 2006 issue of Sports Illustrated.

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71. Joe Mauer went 2-for-3 in his Major League debut, hitting a single off Rafael Betancourt of the Cleveland Indians for his first major-league hit.

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72. Joe Mauer was selected by the Twins as the first overall pick of the 2001 draft, ahead of college pitcher Mark Prior, who was taken second overall by the Chicago Cubs.

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73. Joe Mauer averaged more than 20 points a game as a point guard for Cretin-Derham Hall.

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74. Joe Mauer caught for the Team USA Junior National team from 1998 to 2000 and hit.

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