The @Twins & Joe Mauer announced today that he will switch positions in 2014. He will move from catcher to first base.
— Dustin Morse (@Twins_morsecode) November 11, 2013
Twins fans knew this was coming eventually, but probably didn’t see it coming so soon. Mauer and the Twins are citing health reasons for the move to first base.
Mauer decided to make the change to first base after consulting with Twins doctors and doctors at the Mayo Clinic.
— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) November 11, 2013
Mauer has played in 56 career games at first base, 54 being starts. Mauer only played in eight games at first base in 2013, while catching 75 and DH in 29.
If it stands true that Mauer will never catch again he will have caught in 920 ballgames and a total of 7,883 innings.
The move opens up the catcher position for the Twins. Josmil Pinto, Ryan Doumit, Chris Herrmann and Eric Fryer all appeared behind the plate for Minnesota this past season and are on the 40-man roster.