Everyday Joe? Twins hope so
The coronation of Twins phenom Joe Mauer begins next season now that All-Star catcher A.J. Pierzynski is gone.
One after another, Twins instructors and scouts raved about Mauer's game. Competitiveness? Innate. Maturity? A real man. Good teammate? As good as it gets. The Twins love Mauer's left-handed bat, his defense, and his ability to work with pitchers and shut down a running game. He's always on time, signs every autograph, is cordial to reporters and flosses regularly between meals.
Last week Ryan traded All-Star catcher A.J. Pierzynski to San Francisco for reliever Joe Nathan and two minor-leaguers, creating a void in the Minnesota lineup. While Ryan is doing his best to dampen expectations -- insisting that Mauer will have to compete to win a job in spring training -- he gets paid not to make assumptions.
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