Mauer Signs Contract with Twins

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 at 6:09 am

mauerMinneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have agreed to terms with catcher Joe Mauer on a eight-year, $184 million contract extension, covering the 2011-2018 seasons.

Mauer, 26, batted .365 (191-for-523) with 30 doubles, one triple, 28 home runs and 96 rbi in 138 games with the Twins  last season.  He was named to his third career All-Star team (2006, 2008), won his second career Rawlings Gold Glove Award (2008), third career Louisville Slugger “Silver Slugger” Award (2006, 2008) and was named the American League Most Valuable Player.  Mauer was also named the Player of the Year by Baseball America and the American League Most Outstanding Player by the MLB Players’ Choice Awards.

With his 2009 batting title, Mauer became one of 10 players in Major League history to win three-or-more batting titles, and the first to win back-to-back batting titles since Nomar Garciaparra in 1999 and 2000.  He also became the 12th player (first catcher) in American League history (first since George Brett in 1980) to lead the league in batting average, on-base percentage (.444) and slugging percentage (.587).  Of the 12 American League players to accomplish those numbers, 10 are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound catcher from St. Paul, Minnesota, was selected by the Twins as the first pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.  Mauer has a career batting average of .327 (844-for-2582) with 158 doubles, 15 triples, 72 home runs and 397 rbi in 699 games.  He has a fielding percentage of .996 (18 E, 4158 TC) and has thrown out 93 of 204 (46%) runners attempting to steal.  Since making his Major League debut in 2004, Mauer ranks third among all Major League players in batting, behind Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners (.335) and Albert Pujols of the Cardinals (.334).

In the community, Mauer dedicates time in support of the Twins’ R.B.I. program and is an active member of the Minnesota Action Team, an expanding national youth volunteer initiative run by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America.  He also donates time and financial support towards, among others, the construction and renovation of ballfields in St. Paul and surrounding areas, as well as taking part in TwinsCare, a program created to donate tickets to underprivileged youth in Twins Territory.

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