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Mauer Moving to First Base For the Twins

Minneapolis (Twins Media Relations)-- The Minnesota Twins will move All-Star catcher Joe Mauer from behind the plate to first base next season, the team announced Monday. After consultation with doctors from the Mayo Clinic and team doctors, and given the inherent risks of future injury at the catcher position, the organization and Mauer said they determined that it would be in the best interest of both parties for a position change. The 2013 American League Silver Slugger winner hit .324 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs in 113 games this year, but suffered a concussion on a foul tip off his mask on Aug. 19. He was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Aug. 20 and did not return to action. Mauer is symptom-free from the concussion and beginning his regular offseason workouts with no restrictions. He has played 56 career games at first base, committing four errors in 536 total chances for a .993 fielding percentage. Mauer has caught in 920 games and earned three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards as a catcher (2008-10). He was named the AL MVP while winning his third batting title in 2009 and has made six trips to the All-Star Game, four as the AL's starting catcher.