Joseph "Joe" Patrick Mauer (born April 19, 1983) is an American professional baseball player.
In December 2009, Sports Illustrated magazine included Mauer in its article on ten "signature" moments in U. high-school sports in the 2000–2009 decade, referring to his selection by the Minnesota Twins as the first pick in the 2001 amateur draft.
Jim O'Neill, Mauer's baseball coach at Cretin-Derham Hall, said his former student "has been groomed for this job since he was a little boy.
Mauer's dad, Jake, created a contraption for Joe he later named the 'Quickswing'.
The device dropped balls down a tube from eye level and released them at waist level." Mauer had been asked to leave his T-ball league at the age of four, because he was hitting the ball too hard for the other players.
"Another guy that came from Cretin-Derham Hall, Paul Molitor, was very similar, [and] had a good short swing", O'Neill said.
"And they're both able to wait on the ball so long because they don't have the big swing.Like anything, you keep simple and keep it small or short, there's not a lot of holes in it and not a lot of room for errors." Years later, Mauer laughingly told an interviewer: "I can remember the time I did strike out.It was junior year, and it was in the state tournament.I came back to the bench and everybody thought something was wrong with me." Mauer caught for the Team USA Junior National team from 1998 to 2000 and hit .595 during his final year on the team.He was voted best hitter at the World Junior Baseball Championship in Canada in 2000.In 2001, Mauer was voted the United States District V Player of the Year.