The American baseball prodigy Joe Mauer has been famous for his role as the first baseman for the Minnesota Twins of the Major League Baseball. Since the inception of his professional career in 2004, Joe has won the Gold Glove Award three times; Silver Slugger Award five times and has been named to the All-Star for six times. In addition, he has won the AL batting championship three times and AL MVP in 2009.
Joseph Patrick Mauer was born in St Paul, Minnesota on the 19th day of April 1983 to American parents. Growing up, Mauer was a three-sport athlete, he participated in baseball as well as basketball and football atSt. Paul’s Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders High School where he made his first start in his baseball career.
While playing for his high school team, Joe was able to set a high school record and also tied the national preps records by hitting a home run in seven consecutive games. He won the 2000 World Junior Baseball Competition held in Canada and the following year, he was named the US District V Player of the Year.
Professional Baseball Career
Following his impressive high school career, Joe Mauer declared for the Major League draft of 2001. He was finally picked by the Minnesota Twins as the first player to be selected in the draft. He played the first three years in the minor league for the Elizabethton Twins, Quad City River Bandits, and New Britain Rock Cats before proceeding to the Major League. Joe further made his first professional appearance for the Twins in April 2004. His rookie career was cut short following a knee injury he sustained. Returning the next season, he penned down a contract worth $5.7million with the Twins.
The baseball star became the first catcher in baseball history to reach an average of .347 in 2006. At the end of the season, he was selected to the All-Star game while appearing on the cover of several sports illustrated magazines. He penned a four-year contract worth $34 million with the Twins in February 2007. In 2009, following his top-notch performance, Joe won the League Player of the Year award and was named American League Most Valuable Player of the Year.
In 2010, his excellent skills got him a contract extension worth $184 million, the contract was expected to be for eight seasons, ending in 2018 and was the highest contract for a catcher in the major league baseball. The player sustained an injury in 2013 which kept him away from participating in most games of the season. Returning the following season, Joe Mauer featured in 120 games for Twins with a record of 55 RBI, 4 HR, and 60 Runs.
During the 2018 season, Joe became the 287th player to join the 2000 Hit Club after making a 7th-inning and 2 RBI single against the White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito.
Net Worth – How Much is Joe Mauer Worth?
The talented baseball player has been successful since the inception of his career. He penned down an eight-year contract worth $184 million in 2010 and he receives an annual salary of $23 million. Joe Mauer is currently enjoying a lavish lifestyle with an estimated net worth of $100 million. He earns his net worth from his baseball career as well as other endorsements.
Family – Wife and Kids
Joe Mauer was born into a middle-class American family, his parents are Jake Mauer Jr. and his wife Teresa Mauer. He has two older siblings named Jake Mauer III and Billy Mauer. Just like Joe, his whole family is also well-grounded in the game of baseball. His father played baseball professionally as well as his three uncles. His older brother Jake is currently a baseball coach for the Cedar Rapids Kernels while his other brother Billy is currently auto dealer with his company located in Inver Grove Heights. Interestingly, the three brothers Joe, Jake, and Billy all played professionally for the Minnesota Twins of the MLB.
In addition to his successful baseball career, Joe Mauer also has an interesting love life. He is currently married to his high school sweetheart named Maddie Bisanz. Just like Joe, Maddie graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall High School. She currently works as a nurse in St Paul. The pair announced their engagement in December 2011 after being in a relationship for about a year and six months. They went on to tie the knot in December 2012 and their wedding took place at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church situated in St. Paul, Minnesota.
After their wedding, the amazing couple welcomed their first bundle of joy, fraternal twins named Maren Virginia and Emily Teresa Mauer. Joe’s twin daughters were born on the 24th of July 2013. After about five years of welcoming their twins, Joe and his wife announced they were expecting their third child in July 2018. However, it is unclear, if the baby would be a boy or girl; nevertheless, it has been confirmed its not another set of twins.
Height: How Tall is Joe Mauer?
The amazing baseball prodigy has an average height of 6 feet 5 inches and a commensurate body weight of 230 pounds (104.33 kg). In addition, Joe Mauer has dark brown hair and browns eyes.