The Minnesota Twins are trying to get back into a race for an A.L. Wild Card spot and one guy that has been stepping up big for them lately is catcher Joe Mauer. After a few disappointing seasons following a massive new contract, Mauer seems to be getting back to the player he used to be and that’s exactly what the Twins need. One thing he’s capable of is making stunning plays and he did that on Saturday against the Washington Nationals. Nats hitter Denard Span fouled a ball off the carom and without looking, Mauer was able to catch it like he does it every night in his sleep.
They say Timberwolves star Ricky Rubio — another fan favorite in the community– can pass a basketball without looking, but Mauer literally caught a ball from behind blindfolded.
Twins commentators Bert Blyleven and Dick Bremer couldn’t get enough of the play on the FS North feed of the game and Twins fans everywhere are looking back on the play with awe. Color commentator Bert Blyleven said during the broadcast that it was probably the best non-defensive play of the game and while it didn’t mean much to the game itself, it showed Mauer’s uncanny reflexes.
That’s good news for Twins fans who watched Mauer’s weight drop in 2011 and struggle to find his swing in 2012. But he appears to be getting back to his MVP form and that might be the jolt this young Twins team needs to make a patent late-season run at October.