Joe Mauer switching positions, becoming first baseman [UPDATE]

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Joe Mauer's season-ending August concussion fueled speculation he might switch from catcher to first base in time for the 2014 season, during which he'll be 31 years old.

SEE ALSO: Patrick Reusse blasted for calling Mauer "sissy," suggesting he should've played with concussion

Today, the Twins made it official: Mauer's days getting beat up behind the plate are through. Next year, he'll be the Twins' full-time first baseman.

From Fox 9's Seth Kaplan: Today's announcement also means it appears extremely unlikely the Twins will pursue a rumored reunion with free agent first baseman Justin Morneau.

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ESPN 1500's Phil Mackey tweeted out reaction to today's news from Terry Ryan and Mauer himself: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at

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TweetsAreYours topcommenter

Half the world thought Mauer was going to switch from catcher to pitcher. #TweetsAreYours

Matt Erickson
Matt Erickson

Now becomes the most over paid 1B in the game

Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane

Wow. I'm so uninterested! It's the twins!

Brent Colquhoun
Brent Colquhoun

It's a good plan, and can understand why the Twins would want to keep his bat in the line up. Not sure it does anything for the team over all in the greater scheme of things

Laura Buske
Laura Buske

Who cares? Aldo, why do all of our first basemen have a history of head injuries? Is that a requirement now?

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Matt Erickson You know absolutely nothing about baseball.  Mauer is a great player and will be elite at first.   His OBP makes him extremely valuable.   He would have had a monster year last year if the Twins didn't surround him with such pathetic teammates.  

ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Angela Salzl There are 29 other MLB teams who would love to have him.

ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Patrick Kane So uninterested that not only did you click the link, but you also left a comment?

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