Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/17/14

Minnesota Twins Joe Mauer prepares to round first base after doubling during fifth inning action against the Kansas City Royals at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Saturday, May 2, 2009. (David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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MINNEAPOLIS For the first time in a while, Joe Mauer was healthy for an entire offseason. The Minnesota Twins catcher caught pneumonia at the end of the 2011 season, which delayed his offseason workouts. The year before, Mauer played in 137 games but was a bit dinged up heading into the winter. In 2009, a back injury kept Mauer on the bench for the first month of the season. Now, with just a few weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, the 29-year-old Mauer is in the midst of perhaps his most productive offseason in years. Mauer got married in his hometown of St. Paul this December. Earlier this month, he was chosen to play for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. With spring training around the corner, Mauer has his sights set on the 2013 season. He and the Twins have suffered back-to-back 90-loss seasons, something Mauer is hoping to change. "It's been tough. Obviously nobody in the organization wanted the last couple seasons to go the wa...
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