Joe Mauer has been a fixture in the Minnesota Twins clubhouse for eight years and is the undisputed face of the organization. Many would rate Mauer among names such as Kirby Puckett and Harmon Killebrew for his approachability and star power.
Every year, fans knew what to expect from Kirby and Harmon—all star numbers and an all-go, no-quit style of play. As fans, we knew we could always count on Kirby and Harmon to be in the lineup.
As great as Joe Mauer is, his future presence and role with the club is not and has not been a certain thing since he went down with his first major injury in 2004. Since then, Mauer has missed time with injuries ranging from quad bruises to thumb sprains, bilateral leg weakness to pneumonia, back issues to everything in-between.
You name it, he has probably missed time because of it.
The Twins need Mauer on the field as much as he can be, but at this point in his career, I do not believe it will be or should be behind the plate.
As Mauer continues to age, the rigors of catching will hold him back more and more often. If the organization want to ensure Minnesota's future in baseball, Joe Mauer needs to change positions. Here is why: