Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players and executive. As such it is news to us that yesterday the Minnesota Twins retired the number 7 of Joe Mauer.
Mauer was the number one pick in 2001 and he would make the Twins roster in 2004 where he would play until his retirement in 2018.
Spending the first half of his career as a Catcher and the second half as a First Baseman, Mauer was one of the best hitters for a time winning the American League Batting Title (2006, 2008 & 2009) had seven .300 seasons and a career Batting Average of .306. Mauer would win the 2009 MVP with AL leading sweep of the Slash Line (.365/.444/.587). He retired with 2,123 Hits and a bWAR of 55.0. His JAWS of 47.0 puts him above the average HOF Catcher (44.7) and he is a strong Hall of Fame contender. He is eligible in 2024.
Mauer’s #7 joins Harmon Killebrew (#3), Tony Oliva (#6), Tom Kelly (#10), Kent Hrbek (#14), Bert Blyleven (#24), Rod Carew (#39) and Kirby Puckett (#34).
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Joe Mauer and the late Steve McNair for earning this very prestigious honor.