Joe Mauer Needs to Be Appreciated for Marks He Left in Baseball

Joe Mauer was Mr. Consistent as a Minnesota Twin and made sure people paid more attention to a franchise that seemed to be forgotten for a long time. The 15-year veteran retired on Friday.

Mauer led the league in batting three times and his best season came in 2009. That season Mauer hit .365 and posted a career-best 28 home runs and 96 RBIs.

The longtime catcher received six All-Star nods and played great defense.

In 921 games as a catcher, Mauer had a .995 fielding percentage.

In 2013, the left-handed hitter changed positions and moved to first base, because he wanted to avoid concussions. At first base, Mauer had a fielding percentage of .996.

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The All-Star was the only constant for a Minnesota team. A team that struggled to make waves in the playoffs and went through several down years.

From first baseman Justin Morneau getting traded in 2013 to manager Ron Gardenhire getting fired in 2014, the Twins couldn’t build a championship contender.

Mauer was a true professional and finished his playing career as a productive player.

The 35-year old never had a batting average lower than .261, which is hard to find with any player’s career, let alone one that is aging.

Mauer was also named the 2009 AL MVP. He also earned five Silver Slugger awards, three Gold Gloves and three batting titles.

Sure people may say that Mauer should have tried to depart the Twins organization and go elsewhere, but he wanted to help his hometown team win a World Series.

Instead of going down an easier road and forming a “super team,” #7 kept grinding and helped lead Minnie to the playoffs four times (’06, ’09, ’10, ’17).

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The 2001 first round draft pick hit .182 in the ’06 playoffs, but during his MVP year in ’09, Mauer recorded a .417 average, which was his best postseason performance.

In 2010, Mauer had a .250 mark in three games against the New York Yankees. In Minnie’s last three postseason trips, they’ve lost to the Yanks.

The Twins played in the 2017 AL Wild Card game. A game where Mauer tallied his final playoff hit (1-5 in the game).

Mauer has a chance to reach the Hall of Fame and deservedly so.

Normally, you’d like a future Hall of Famer to be more productive in terms of driving in runs. However, Mauer is one of the most consistent hitters to ever play the game. He’s done so by going against the norm.

 

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