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Tweet Joe Mauer is probably the most important player the Minnesota Twins have on their roster as well as one of the better hitters in baseball, but keeping him behind the plate at catcher has put his career at risk and limited his playing time in recent seasons. For this reason, the Twins are moving Mauer to play first base full-time, per a report from CBS baseball insider Jon Heyman. “After consultation with doctors from Mayo Clinic and team doctors, and given the inherent risks of future injury at the catcher position, the organization and Joe determined that it would be in the best interest of both him and the Twins for a position change,” said the club in a statement. Mauer has played first base at times, and has made 54 starts at the position in the past three seasons with a .993 fielding percentage. Mauer’s 2013 season was cut short to just 113 games when he was shut down after suffering a concussion on a foul tip to his facemask in September. Despite the missed time, Mauer batted .324 with 11 home runs, 47 RBIs and was named to the 2013 All-Star team. Moving Mauer to first should extend his playing career, if all goes well. Since Minnesota drafted Mauer first overall in 2001, Mauer has hit .323 overall and batted over .300 seven times in ten seasons. Mauer has won three the AL batting titles (2006, 2008 and 2009) and also won the AL MVP in 2009, when he batted .365 and hit 28 home runs while driving in 96 runs in 138 games. Mauer has five years and $115 million remaining on an eight-year, $184 million contract he signed with the Twins in 2010. -ALR
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer is no longer a catcher.The Minnesota Twins announced Monday that Mauer willtransition from catcher to first base for the 2014 season. This comes afterMauers 2013 season was shortened by a concussion that limited the six-timeAll-Star to 113 games.Mauer consulted with team doctors as well as doctors at theMayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. While Mauer is now symptom...
When the Twins signed Joe Mauer to his 8-year, $148 million deal, it was assumed that Mauer would eventually be moving to first base. It seems unlikely that anyone in the Twins organization thought it'd be happening this soon, but the team is announcing that Mauer will make the move after talking with the team's doctors and doctors at the Mayo Clinic.
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Joe Mauer will be moving from catcher to first base on a full-time basis for the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins announced the switch Monday for the 30-year-old Mauer, who missed the last six weeks of the season recovering from a concussion. The Twins said they consulted with Mayo Clinic doctors and team physicians, and Mauer and the organization agreed the move was in the best interest...
The Minnestoa Twins have announced that their six-time All-Star, Joe Mauer, will permanently move from behind the plate to first base. According to The Globe's Nick Cafardo, this could open up the starting Twinky catching job for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Apparently, some in the Twins brain trust have liked Salty, which could make the move to sign him an easier one. The Red Sox...
In a move a that was a long time coming, the Minnesota Twins announced that superstar catcher Joe Mauer will now be a permanent fixture at first base beginning next season.
The change in positions was facilitated for Minnesota this past summer when the team dealt franchise staple Justin Morneau to the Pittsburgh Pirates, opening up first base for Mauer.
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It finally happened. After months of speculation, the Minnesota Twins have announced that their six-time All-Star catcher Joe Mauer will become the permanent first baseman for the 2014 season.
Effectively ending his days behind the plate, Mauer had lobbied publicly to retain his catching position, despite suffering a season ending concussion on Aug 19th as a result of a foul tip...
The inevitable has happened.
The Twins have finally faced reality when it comes to Joe Mauer’s long-term health and have begun the move to transitioning him into a full time first baseman.
After a myriad of concussion related issues following his 2009 MVP winning season Mauer is slated to play all of 2014 at first. The Twins issued this statement:
“After consultation with...
The Minnesota Twins will move Joe Mauer to first base for the 2014 season.
“After consultation with doctors from Mayo Clinic and team doctors, and given the inherent risks of future injury at the catcher position, the organization and Joe determined that it would be in the best interest of both him and the Twins for a position change,” said the club in a statement...
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