Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer is definitely a future Hall of Fame player. The man is a six time All-Star, three time American League batting champion, three time Gold Glove winner, five time Silver Slugger award winner and MVP in 2009.
He’s accomplished a lot in his young nine year career, but he’s also taken a beating while holding it down behind the plate for the Twins. Mauer has suffered a couple concussions in his career and has been forced to change positions from catcher to first base.
Now according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Mauer took live batting practice today for the very first time this Spring.
“Just like every first Spring Training day ever. It seems like that ball is coming in there a lot quicker than it normally does, but it was good. It was good to get out there. Everything went well today.” Mauer via the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Mauer has started a total of 54 games at first base in his career. Last year he started 73 games, the final year that he would take his position behind the plate. Hopefully the full move to first base works out perfectly for Mauer.