Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/11/11
Sorry, ladies, Joe Mauer is off the market. Mauer, the 28-year-old sideburned catcher for the Minnesota Twins, proposed to girlfriend Maddie Bisanz this weekend, and the couple is now engaged. A St. Paul native, Mauer has become a fan favorite during his eight years with his hometown Twins - especially with the female fans. Mauer and Bizanz both attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul. Mauer graduated from Cretin in 2001 and was drafted by the Twins with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft that same year. No wedding date has been set. Earlier this month, Mauer was asked during a chat with local reporters whether he was engaged. He denied rumors that he was engaged then, but Mauer popped the question to Bisanz not long after. "I was hoping for a yes and she said yes," Mauer told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I'm getting to marry my best friend." Mauer was the 2009 American League MVP, but missed a number of games in 2011 with multiple ailments and injuries. He played in just 82 games this past season and batted a career-low .287 with 30 RBIs and three home runs. Now finally healthy, however, Mauer is hoping for a bounce-back year in 2012. "I wanted to say, 'Hey, I'm here, this is what's going on. I'm healthy,'" Mauer told reporters earlier this month. "That's the biggest thing. The fans are kind of like, 'What's going on with this guy?' I'm ready to go. I'm excited."
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