Joe Mauer

One of my favorite players in Major League Baseball history is Joe Mauer. Joe was the youngest of three brothers. As a boy Joe was almost always thinking, playing, and breathing baseball. He was such a good athlete during high school, he played football, baseball and basketball. In his senior year he became the only athlete ever to be selected as the USA Today High School Player of the Year in two sports (football in 2000 as a quarterback and baseball in 2001 as a catcher). Mauer only struck out two times in his four years in high school.  Joe also hit .605 during his senior year. He turned down a full football scholarship from Florida State. The Minnesota Twins drafted Mauer as the first pick of the 2001 amateur draft. His first year with the twins (2004) he had six homers and seventeen RBI’s. He just kept getting better every year, and now is arguably the best catcher in the majors. Last year he had twenty-eight homers and 96 RBI’s. His hitting is good but his defense is amazing. I wish that Mauer was on the Red Sox, though I would not get rid of Victor Martinez.Watch a Fox Sports video about Joe

Mauer after the jump.

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