Minnesota’s favorite Twin will be having twins of his own and no, you cannot make this stuff up.
Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer is a father to be, which means 2013 is going to be one awesome year for the homegrown hero regardless of how the team does this season. Considering the Twins play in the ridiculously competitive American League Central division, thanks to several off-season moves and the league champions residing to the East, Mauer’s twins could very well be the highlight of the season.
The 29-year-old famously signed an eight-year, $184 million contract extension with Minnesota in 2010 that made him the richest catcher in the history of Major League Baseball. Mauer’s power numbers dropped off drastically after inking the deal, but it is insanely difficult to follow up his 2009 season in which he batted .365 with 28 home runs and 96 RBIs. In fact, Mauer has never even come close to those numbers again as injuries have played a big part of it. He has hit only 22 homers since 2009, but his batting average has stayed up along with his RBI count, which is really all that matters.
Mauer got engaged to Maddie Bisanz on December 11, 2011. The Cretin-Derham Hall High School graduates got married on Dec. 1 of last year in St. Paul, Minnesota, the same city Mauer was born in, and announced their pregnancy on Feb. 26.
The left-handed batter will be participating in his first World Baseball Classic this spring while also trying to prepare for Opening Day against the Detroit Tigers. Mauer will be in Arizona on March 3 with the rest of Team USA getting ready to compete for the country’s first medal at the international tournament that was founded in 2005.