Minnesota Twins: Top 10 Most Memorable Moments of Joe Mauer’s Career
By Otto Johnson
No. 10: Joe Mauer triples during 2-4 day to win his second batting title-9/28/2008
While Joe Mauer had a much better batting average in 2006 (.347) and 2009 (.365), his other two years to win the batting title, his 2008 batting title was the closest and most memorable.
Mauer was in a dogfight with Boston Red Sox second baseman and eventual 2008 MVP Dustin Pedroia for the award. In Game 162 of the season, Mauer tripled and went 2-4 against the Kansas City Royals locking up the batting title. The final totals?
- Joe Mauer batting average: .328
- Dustin Pedroia batting average: .326
Talk about a close one. Though the team would lose the one game playoff for the division to the Chicago White Sox just one game later, this was a memorable moment for Mauer and the Minnesota Twins fans.
No. 9: Joe Mauer no-look grab off the bounce-6/8/2013
This is one of Twins fans favorite plays to look back on, but unfortunately for these rankings, it didn’t really serve any other purpose other than looking very cool. In the fifth inning of a game against the Washington Nationals, former Twin Denard Span fouls a ball backwards of the backstop.
Without looking, Mauer snags the ball in his glove and hands it to the umpire. It’s an incredible play, and Twins fans often show it to showcase Mauer. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a huge moment, keeping it in the No. 9 spot.
No. 8: Joe Mauer walk-off Home Run-5/5/2017
Over his Twins career, Joe Mauer only hit one walk-off homer, but it was a great one. With the Twins and the Red Sox tied in the bottom of the ninth and two outs, and Matt Barnes pitching, Mauer pounds a pitch into the bullpen.
The win kept the Twins atop the division, and added a win to a season that saw the Twins finally return to the playoffs. Watching a bearded Mauer travel around the bases to be mobbed by his teammates brings a lot of joy to Twins fans.