American baseball prodigy Joe Mauer is famous for being the first baseman for the Minnesota Twins in Major League Baseball. Since the beginning of his professional career in 2004, Joe Mauer has won the Gold Glove Award three times, the Silver Slugger Award five times, and has been named All-Star six times. He has also won the AL Batting Championship three times and the AL MVP in 2009.
Joseph Patrick Mauer was born on April 19, 1983, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to American parents. Mauer grew up a three-sport athlete and attended St. Paul’s Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders High School, where he made his first start in his baseball career, playing baseball as well as basketball and football.
While playing for his high school team, Joe set a high school record and also held the national preparation record by hitting a home run in seven consecutive games. In 2000, he won the World Junior Baseball Competition held in Canada, and the following year he was named US District V Player of the Year.
Professional Baseball Career
After an impressive high school career, Joe Mauer declared for the 2001 Major League Draft and was eventually selected by the Minnesota Twins as the first player to play in the draft. For the first three years, he played in the Minor League for the Elizabethton Twins, Quad City River Bandits, and New Britain Rock Cats before moving on to the Major League. Joe’s first professional appearance with the Twins was in April 2004 and his rookie career was interrupted after he suffered a knee injury. When he returned the next season, he signed a $5.7 million contract with the Twins.
The baseball star was the first catcher in baseball history, averaging 0.347 in 2006. At the end of the season, he was selected for the All-Star Game, while he appeared on the cover of several illustrated sports magazines. In February 2007 he signed a four-year contract with the Twins worth $34 million. Following his first-class performance, Joe won the 2009 League Player of the Year award and was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player of the Year.
In 2010, his outstanding skills earned him a contract extension worth $184 million. The contract was to run for eight seasons and end in 2018 and was the highest contract for a catcher in Major League Baseball. In 2013, the player suffered an injury that prevented him from playing in most of the games of the season. The following season Joe Mauer returned and played 120 games for the Twins with a record 55 RBI, 4 HR, and 60 runs.
In the 2018 season, Joe Mauer became the 287th player to join the Hit Club in 2000 after scoring a singles match against the White Sox pitcher, Lucas Giolito, with 7 wins and 2 RBI.
Net Worth – How Much is Joe Mauer Worth?
The talented baseball player has been successful since the beginning of his career. He signed an eight-year contract worth $184 million in 2010 and receives an annual salary of $23 million. Joe Mauer currently enjoys a lavish lifestyle with an estimated net worth of $100 million. He earns his net worth through his baseball career as well as other support.
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 deeply rooted in baseball. His father played professional baseball as did his three uncles. His older brother Jake is currently a baseball coach for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, while his other brother Billy is currently a car dealer with his company in Inver Grove Heights. Interestingly, the three brothers Joe, Jake, and Billy all played professionally for the Minnesota Twins of MLB.
Besides his successful baseball career, Joe Mauer also has an interesting love life. He is currently married to his high school sweetheart Maddie Bisanz. Just like Joe, Maddie Bisanz graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall High School. She currently works as a nurse in St. Paul. The couple announced their engagement in December 2011 after being in a relationship for about a year and six months. The covenant of marriage was made in December 2012 and their wedding took place at the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.
After their wedding, the amazing couple welcomed their first bundle of joy, fraternal twins Maren Virginia and Emily Teresa Mauer. Joe’s twin daughters were born on July 24, 2013. After welcoming their twins for about five years, Joe and his wife announced that they were expecting their third child in July 2018. It is unclear whether the baby is a boy or a girl, but it was confirmed that it is not another pair of twins.
Height: How Tall is Joe Mauer?
This amazing baseball prodigy has an average height of 6 feet 5 inches and a corresponding body weight of 230 pounds (104.33 kg). Joe Mauer also has dark brown hair and brown eyes.