Not only is catcher the most physically demanding position on a baseball diamond, it’s also the most dangerous.
Many careers have been cut short playing the position and that’s not something the Minnesota Twins want to see when it comes to their star, Joe Mauer.
The former American League MVP was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list Tuesday after taking multiple foul tip’s off his mask in recent days and given his escalated injury history, the Twins are seriously considering a permanent move to first base.
At some point in the future, Gardenhire said, general manager Terry Ryan could sit down with Mauer, 30, and advise him his catching days are over.
“That could happen,” Gardenhire said. “If this becomes one of those situations where this affects (Mauer) for any length of time, yeah, it could happen. It’s going to have a lot to do with how Joe thinks about it.”
While there’s no set timetable as to the move, it is possible Mauer has already played his last game at catcher.