Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is one of the best players in Major League Baseball: a six-time All-Star, three-time American League batting champion, and 2009 AL MVP. He’s also a philanthropist and all-around good guy. When Mauer was in high school, the St. Paul, Minnesota, native was a three-sport star. He excelled at baseball, basketball, and football. As a senior, he was even selected as High School Player of the Year by USA Today for both football and baseball.
Mauer’s MLB career as a catcher for the Twins in 2004. But after knee surgery in 2010, the Twins moved him to first base. He switched between first, catcher, and designated hitter until he was moved to first base for good in 2013.
Recently, I met Mauer in the Twins dugout to talk with him about his career, playing for the Twins, and advice he has for kids who want to follow in his footsteps.
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