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Is 2012 The Year Of Evil Joe Mauer?

Remember Joe Mauer? The one-time hometown golden boy whose shortened 2011 became a running punchline in the Minnesota Twins' 63-99 year? Well that Joe is gone and in his place is one who is oh gosh...not as Minnesota nice.

From Twins infielder Trevor Plouffe's Twitter:

Plouffe's tweet, which comes two days before pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in Fort Myers, set off Twins fans on Twitter. Many have had fun with the #eviljoemauer hashtag, coming up with such things as:

And of course:

At the very least, if Twitter is any indication Minnesota fans are ready for baseball to begin.

For more on Mauer and the Twins as they begin Spring Training, be sure to check out SB Nation's Twins blog Twinkie Town.

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