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Twins announce retirement of Joe Mauer’s No. 7

Joe Mauer is barely into his retirement and the Minnesota Twins have already bestowed one of the biggest honors the organization can offer him, as it was announced Tuesday that the team will officially retire the homegrown star’s No. 7.

Mauer joins Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett, Bert Blyleven and Tom Kelly as the only members of the Twins organization to have their jersey number retired.

The Twins selected Mauer, born and raised in St. Paul, with the first pick in the 2001 Major League Baseball first-year player draft. Winner of the 2009 American League MVP and three A.L. batting titles, Mauer was a six-time All-Star. He also won three three gold gloves at his natural catcher position and is the Twins’ all-time leader in doubles.

Mauer also ranks second in games (1,858), hits (2,123) and walks (939). He is also fifth all-time in Twins history in RBI and sits at 11th in home runs.

“The Minnesota Twins organization has been blessed to have Joe Mauer part of our franchise since 2001,” Twins Executive Chair Jim Pohlad said in a statement, via KSTP.

“Few players have achieved more on the field, or given back more off the field than Joe. With Joe’s storied career in mind, the Twins family is proud to bestow our highest honor with the retirement of his jersey – number 7. We are excited to celebrate Joe’s excellence, commitment to this community and special relationship with Twins Territory.”

Mauer saw his time at catcher, not to mention career, cut short by concussions. The hometown icon officially announced his retirement on Nov. 11 after a 15-season MLB career, all with the Twins.

When fellow Twins icon Kent Hrbek announced the retirement of his jersey number at an event held Tuesday at his high school alma mater, Cretin-Derham Hall High School, all Mauer could say was, “Wow,” per the Star Tribune.