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Continued: For birthday boy Mauer, there's no time like the present

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 19, 2013 - 8:31 PM

And a little more mature, perhaps, his manager said. “He’s always been very professional. That hasn’t changed a bit,” said Ron Gardenhire, the only manager Mauer has ever had in the big leagues. “He probably speaks a little more to the younger guys than he did when he first came up. That’s probably the biggest thing you notice — he’s a little more open now.”

Especially with his family, which has begun growing larger. He married his high school classmate, Maddie Bisanz, in December, and the couple is expecting twins this fall. That might be the achievement that Mauer at 30 is most proud of, more than his three American League batting titles, the 2009 MVP award, the three Gold Gloves and five All-Star selections. More than owning the second-highest career average (.324) of any active player, and the 44th best in history.

“Getting married, that was big. Family is so important in this game to keep you going in the bad times, and help you enjoy the good,” Morneau said. “He really enjoys that. It helps him.”

And helps him celebrate turning 30, too. “I’ve never been one to go all-out [for a birthday],” Mauer said, “but this one’s going to be fun.”











 

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  • Joe Mauer turns 30 today, and already the Twins catcher has three American League batting titles, three Gold Gloves, five All-Star selections and one AL MVP award.

  • 2001No. 1 overall pick from Cretin-Derham Hall

  • 1999Star Tribune athlete of the week

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