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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Sox New Players, Part 3 (Last Part)

This is Part 3 of my series on the Boston Red Sox’s big trades in the 2009-2010 off-season. On January 7, 2010, Adrian Beltre signed a 1-year, $9 million deal with the Sox, which has a $5 million player option for 2011 with a $1 million buyout. Beltre was born April 7, 1979 in the Dominican Republic. The Los Angeles Dodgers signed him out of the Dominican Republic in 1914. Beltre debuted with the Dodgers in the 1998 season at age 19. Adrian played seven good years with the Dodgers.  In 2004 he was the AL MVP and a silver slugger winner, but in early 2004 he was granted free agency. Later in 2004 the Seattle Mariners signed him from the free agent list. For a few years he was one of the best players on the Mariners they even made an ad about how good his defense was. I am probably least excited about this singing because I loved Mike Lowell at third, but I am still glad the Sox signed him.

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Sox Update

Hi, I am just doing a quick Red Sox update. The Sox are about twelve hours away from pitchers and catchers report. Dice-K has a sore back and will be delayed from his first Spring Training start.

Sox New Players Part 2

This is Part 2 of my series on the Boston Red Sox’s big trades in the 2009-2010 off-season. About two and half hours after the Red Sox signed Mike Cameron, they also signed John Lackey. Lackey attended Abilene High. He was great at baseball, basketball, and football. After high school he played one year at Texas University in Arlington, Texas. In 1999 he played on the Junior College World Series champion Grayson County College team in Denison, Texas, where he had a 10-3 record with a 4.23 ERA. During the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft, the Anaheim Angels selected John in the second round. Lackey spent seven great years with the Angels. His career ERA is 3.81, and his win loss for his career is 102-71. In 2002 the Angels won the World Series. In 2007 Lackey was voted into the Major League All-Star game, and later that year he was the American League ERA Champion. I think John will be a huge addition to an already stellar pitching rotation.

Sox New Players Part 1 Mike Cameron

This is Part 1 of my series on the Boston Red Sox’s big trades in the 2009-2010 off-season. On December 16, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. Mike Cameron signed a two-year contract with the Sox. As a teenager Cameron attended LaGrange High. In 1991 the White Sox drafted Mike straight out of high school, and he played on the White Sox for three years. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Paul Konerko. He also played on the Seattle Mariners, the New York Mets, the San Diego Padres, and the Milwaukee Brewers. He is great with the glove and has acceptable power. On May 24, 2009, Cameron hit his 250th career home run against the Minnesota Twins, becoming the 20th player in the league to hit 250 home runs and steal 250 bases. In 2009 he hit twenty-four home runs, seventy RBI’s, and an average of .250. I am very excited to add Mike Cameron to our team. He will help us so much on defense; he and Jacoby Ellsbury are two of the best defensive players and we have both of them on the same team.

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