Paul native, a former number one overall draft pick, the 2009 AL MVP and the only three-time batting champion among catchers, so perhaps it’s not surprising that Target Field, which opened in 2010, was once dubbed “The House That Mauer Built.” (That certainly beats the moniker for the Metrodome, the venue it replaced, which was often called "The Hefty Bag.") That said, neither Mauer's concussion-mandated move from catcher to first base nor the back half of the eight-year, 4 million contract that runs through 2018 has worked out so well, and he's become a symbol for the team's recent underachievement.
But until Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton or another young player leads the Twins back to contention, nobody is likely to supplant Mauer as the face of the only franchise he’s ever known.
Mauer became the fifth catcher in the last 50 years to win the award.
He reached safely in seven — yes, seven — of his eight plate appearances, finishing 4 of 5 with three walks, two RBI and a run scored.
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MBSS (Mauer Baseball and Softball School) was founded in 2004 by the family of Minnesota Twins' Catcher Joe Mauer.
Projected stats for the rest of the season as calculated by Steamer, which uses past performance and aging trends to develop a future projection for players.
It also uses pitch tracking data to help forecast pitchers.