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Date set for Mauer’s number retirement

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (FOX 47) – The Minnesota Twins are announcing Joe Mauer’s uniform number 7 will be retired in a pregame ceremony at Target Field on Saturday, June 15. It’ll be called “Joe Mauer Day.”

The Twins are scheduled to face the Kansas City Royals at 6:10 p.m.

First news of the number retirement broke in December with a surprise announcement from the Twins as Mauer was being honored at his alma mater, Cretin-Derham Hall.

Mauer announced his retirement from baseball in November.

In a news release Tuesday, the Twins say the first 20,000 fans in attendance at Target Field on Saturday, June 15 will receive a special, No. 7 baseball cap.

Other Twins commemorations for Mauer include a “Mauer Bobblehead Four-Pack.”

There is also a ticket package for the bobbleheads. According to the Twins news release:

Ticket package provides entrance to all four 2019 Target Field dates on which the Twins will give out 10,000 each of a set of four commemorative Joe Mauer bobbleheads (those purchasing the package must still be among the required first number of fans entering the ballpark to receive the giveaway), along with guaranteed receipt of an exclusive fifth statuette depicting Joe’s improbable, behind-the-net catch on June 10, 2010.

May 24 vs. Chicago White Sox – The first in the bobblehead series features Mauer’s signature swing, as depicted in the Cretin-Derham Hall High School “Raiders” jersey in which he hit .567.

July 19 vs. Oakland – The second takes us back to April 5, 2004, when a 21-year-old Mauer was the Twins’ starting catcher in his major league debut, going 2-for-3 in a 7-4, Opening Day victory over Cleveland at the Metrodome.

Aug. 24 vs. Detroit – The third honors the legacy of Mauer’s sensational 2009 season, in which he captured the American League MVP, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards for the AL Central champion Twins.

Sept. 7 vs. Cleveland – The last in the series commemorates the final game of Mauer’s career, Sept. 30, 2018 – a day that will forever be remembered in Twins lore.

Together, the base of the four gate giveaway bobbleheads form a number “7”.

Mauer is the eighth Twins player or manager to have his number retired by the organization.

Nathan Nakama

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