Joe Mauer ran away with the MVP this season. It was only the second time a Catcher has won this award in the last 32 seasons, and there are only 10 catchers* to win it since the writers began deciding the winner in 1931. *The only multi-year winners were: Roy Campanella (3), Yogi Berra (3) & Johnny Bench (2)...quite a list! The fact is, there are few Catchers that stand out among their peers.á The physical toll of receiving 150 baseballs each of the 162 games eventually wears down the most prospective of talent. It makes sense that in a year in which Joe Mauer wooed fans and media alike while winning his second straight Gold Glove and becoming the first catcher to lead the league in batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage in a single season, he missed the first 22 ...
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