Joe Mauer Signing Autographs In Detroit | Photo

Joe Mauer Signing AutographsRecently, Lance Martinez of My Detroit Sports captured this original photo of Twins 1B Joe Mauer signing autographs, prior to a Twins vs. Tigers game at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.

During his younger days as a catcher, Mauer was a six-time All-Star, three-time AL batting champion and the AL MVP, back in 2009.

Since his most recent ASG appearance in 2013, injuries have hampered Mauer's production, while also forcing him to transition to first base in 2014. The St. Paul native is still a reasonably productive player, but not close to what he was prior to all of his injuries.

For his career, Mauer’s stats include more than 2,000 hits, amid posting a.307 lifetime batting average. This season, the 35-year-old has struggled, while missing significant time due to a concussion. Thus far, Mauer is hitting .279, with 5 HR and 39 RBI, for the 63-74 Twins.

Mauer is playing in the final year of an eight-year/$184 million contract.