It was never a question of “if”, but one of “when”. Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Joe Mauer will be immortalized in Cooperstown after being elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
The St. Paul, Minnesota native was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America with a final tally of 76.1% of the vote. For Baseball, players need 75% of roughly 400 votes in order to become members of the hall of fame.
Let’s take a journey down memory lane from 3-sport athlete at Cretin-Durham Hall to one of the greatest catchers of all time.
Mauer the Greatest High School Athlete of All Time?
Mauer was a 3-sport athlete in high school.
He was the #1 ranked high school football player in 2000, committing to play Quarterback at Florida State University. He not only won Gatorade Player of the Year (Minnesota) for football but won it in baseball as well. If that isn’t enough, Mauer was also a phenomenal basketball player in high school, garnering All-State honors his final two years on the team.
It’s definitely up for debate, but Mauer might have actually been better in High School at football than he was at baseball.
Mauer lead the Raiders to their first state title in 1999. During his senior year, Mauer completed 66% of his passes for 3,022 yards and 41 touchdowns.
For baseball, Mauer hit never under .500. I won’t event get into the whole “striking out once in High School” bit because we’ve all heard it. But to be the nation’s top prep-sports catcher is an accomplishment in itself. Especially when that gets you drafted at #1 overall by your hometown team.
Catcher for the Minnesota Twins
After making his Major League debut in 2004, Mauer immediately established himself as one of the best hitters in the game. From 2006 to 2010, Mauer posted the following stat line:
.334/.414/.488, with 834 hits, and 361 walks.
That is as good of a 5-year span as you’ll ever see. Even beyond 2010, Mauer was still made contributions offensively and defensively. He set standard for years to come as the one of the best overall players in the 2000’s. Sadly, injuries momentarily put his stardom on hold, and he was forced to change positions. But that didn’t stop him from producing at an elite level.
Mauer also has the greatest commercials of all time
I could go on and on and on about how great Mauer’s career was. In fact, I could debate ANYONE about any given point in his career and eventually you’d see my side of things. However, I don’t have time for such things. But one thing I think we can all agree on was how amazing his commercials were.
There are so many more commercials to go through, so I’ll give you the link right here. This has just about all of them.
Congratulations, Joe. Thank you for the countless memories that me and millions of other Minnesotans will cherish for the rest of our lives.
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Former professional High School Baseball player. 12 Handicap Golfer. Patrick Reusse blocked me for calling him old.