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Joe Mauer To Play First Base On Thursday?

Get ready for something that nobody has seen since 2003, and even back then it was only for a short time in the minors: Joe Mauer at first base.

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The Twins' all-world catcher has been fairly vocal throughout his career about remaining at catcher, but injury and longevity concerns had put Mauer at the right side of the diamond taking ground balls before each game of Minnesota's current homestand. According to the folks at 1500 ESPN and manager Ron Gardenhire, Mauer will finally take the field at first base during Thursday night's game in Chicago against the White Sox.

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While Mauer is one of the best defensive catchers in the game, his bat is the main reason that the Twins gave him a gigantic contract extension. It's no secret that catcher can take quite a toll on the body, especially on someone with a 6'5" frame like Joe's. If moving to first base can help Mauer stay in the lineup with more consistency, Twins fans could certainly get behind Mauer not being behind the plate.

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But don't look at Thursday night's game as the start of something permanent just yet. It's highly doubtful that Mauer will see any time at first when Justin Morneau, his fellow oft-injured MVP teammate, returns.

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So what do you think about Mauer playing first base? Vote in our poll below.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.