Joe Mauer truly a great person

Reigning AL MVP shows he understands the essence of being a franchise player

Originally Published: March 4, 2010
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- This is not a Joe Mauer contract story. This is another too-good-to-be-true story about why -- for the good of the Twins and for the good of baseball -- Mauer has to sign long-term with Minnesota.

You know all the obvious reasons. Mauer is a 26-year-old catcher, a three-time batting champion, a Gold Glove winner and the reigning Most Valuable Player of the American League. He could be the biggest free agent of all time. He is perhaps the most gifted, most natural athlete ...

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