MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Twins made a significant announcement involving star catcher Joe Mauer on Monday about his future with the team.
Twins officials announced that Mauer will no longer catch for the team and instead will take over full-time duties at first base starting next season. The move was prompted after Mauer missed the last month of the 2013 season with a concussion, likely from taking several foul tips while catching. Mauer consulted with team doctors and doctors from the Mayo Clinic, and was told the move is in his best interest.
“A little disappointing that this concussion kind of had to make that decision for me a little sooner than I had hoped,” Mauer said during a teleconference.