By: Marcos Sandoval
After 15 years with the Minnesota Twins, Joe Mauer has played his final game.
He is the hometown hero for all Minnesota fans. He went from being the first pick in the 2001 MLB draft to finishing his career with 3 gold gloves, 6 All-Star appearances, and an AL MVP award. The 35 year-old catcher is the only MVP, out of 22, to have played a 15 plus career for one team.
He made his debut on April 5, 2004 as a 20 year old. In 2006, he was the first catcher to lead the league in batting average in 62 years. But did so again in back to back style in 2008 and 2009. He retired with 2,123, all for his hometown team.
His retirement was something talked about and something that could be traced back to May of this year. The Mauer family containing of two 5 year old twin daughters and another child joining the family soon, may have influenced his decision to call it quits.
He played 15 years for his team, playing both Catcher and 1st base. Playing 1st through the latter third of his career, 2013-2018.
His connection to the fans was immense. The fanatics of the Twins watched him grow up and become one of their most recognizable and adored players.
What does the future have in store for Joe Mauer? Is becoming a Hall of Famer possible? Twins and Joe Mauer fans will just have to wait and see.