Joseph Patrick Mauer is a professional Major League Baseball player for the Minnesota Twins. He has played as a catcher, designated hitter, and first baseman. Mauer won three batting titles, only catcher in MLB history to do so, three consecutive golden gloves, and American League Most Value Player in 2009.
He was born in St. Paul and attended Cretin-Derham high school where 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. He was drafted first overall by the Twins in 2001 right out of high-school.
Mauer is a rare commodity in the MLB––a good defensive catcher who could also hit. However, things started going downhill for him in 2011 when his season was cut in half after suffering multiple head injuries and concussions. His catching duties slowly decreased in 2012 and 2013 until he was made a full-time first baseman in 2014. This was done to protect the player from further concussions and day-to-day physical wear of being a major league catcher.
Mauer took the field for possibly the last time in late-September 2018 amidst speculation that he will retire at the end of the year. In possibly his final at-bat, he hit an opposite-field double in the 7th inning. He also played catcher for one pitch in the final inning and left the field to a rousing standing ovation from the crowd and both dugouts.