Five Names that Would Better Suit Joe Mauer’s Twin Girls

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Five Names that Would Better Suit Joe Mauer’s Twin Girls

Five Names that Would Better Suit Joe Mauer’s Twin Girls
Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

When it was announced that Joe Mauer’s wife was pregnant with twins earlier this year, Minnesota Twins’ fans were presented with a storyline that was almost too perfect to be true: the face of the franchise, Mr. Twin himself, was about to have twins of his own. While the birth of a child is always great news, the fact that Mauer was able to be blessed with two children—both of whom would be his first children—was simply icing on the cake.

I know that when I first heard the news, the first thing that came to mind was how great it would be if Mauer was able to have twin boys from the standpoint that you could have two young boys growing up under the guidance of one of the greatest—if not the greatest—hitting catchers of all-time, the possible dominance of two Mauer boys coming through the Minnesota high school athletic ranks would be interesting to consider. Whether or not these boys would ever become athletes or anything close to the immensely talented baseball player that their father was would be irrelevant. Simply having the possibility of Mauer having two children becoming “chips off the old block” was enough for me as a Twins fan—and a Minnesotan—to get excited about.

On Wednesday, Mauer and his wife Maddie Mauer gave birth to two young girls by the names of Maren Virginia Mauer and Emily Teresa Mauer at 3:35 A.M. Central time according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Mauer had been scheduled to play a game out in Los Angeles, but was rushed back to Minnesota a half hour early enough to witness the birth of his two girls. Although the girls were born about five weeks before their reported due date, both are said to be doing fine.

While Maren and Emily are both beautiful names to name their children, I started to wonder if there could have been a more appropriate baseball related name combination for Mauer’s two girls. As a result of my pondering, I have come up with five name combinations from former and current baseball players that, I believe, would be more baseball appropriate to fit the Mauer girls.

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5. Tonya and Olivia

5. Tonya and Olivia
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As a tribute to Twins’ Hall of Famer Tony Oliva, how about naming the Mauer girls Tonya and Olivia? Oliva was one of the greatest Twins’ players of all-time and has his number six retired among the Twins’ greats. Oliva won a Rookie of the Year award in 1964, was a three-time batting champion in 1964, 1965 and 1971—while also becoming the first player to win Rookie of the Year and a batting title in the same year—an eight-time all-star and garnered a career .304 batting average with 220 HR and 947 RBI. Mauer will one day have his number retired among them, but right now he will have his hands full raising two young girls.

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4. Jamie and Carol

4. Jamie and Carol
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One way to honor a current player on the Twins’ roster would be for Mauer to name his girls after currently Twin Jamey Carroll. While Carroll may not be the most famous Twins’ player to ever play, his strong work ethic, professionalism, and effort by which he plays the game of baseball is something that merits consideration for naming the Mauer girls.

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3. Connie and Mackenzie

3. Connie and Mack-enzie
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Another great baseball name combination for Mauer’s girls would be Connie and Mackenzie to honor the great baseball player, manager and owner Connie Mack. Mack ended his career as the longest-serving manager in baseball history, he holds records for wins, 3,731, losses, 3,948, and games managed with 7,755. If those aren’t impressive numbers for a baseball manager, I’m not quite sure what is; thus, Mack would be a great person to name one’s kids after if they truly wanted a baseball feel for the names of their children.

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2. Brice and Harper

2. Brice and Harper
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If Mauer wanted to be more modern with his girls’ names, what better person to name them after then one of the best young players in the game of baseball Bryce Harper? Harper may go on to have a Hall of Fame worthy career and as the girls grow up, Harper may be the star that they grow up idolizing instead of their father.

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1. Tori and Hunter

1. Tori and Hunter
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Torii Hunter was one of the most beloved Twins’ players of the past few decades and what better way to pay tribute to that then by naming Mauer's girls after him? Both names—Tori and Hunter—would be modern names that the girls could be happy with and they would represent a great player who represented everything that the Twins’ envisioned in a ballplayer. Although Maren and Emily are great names, Tori and Hunter would be much more fun and would carry with them a much better story to tell the girls when they get older in my opinion.

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