Mauer notches first Gold Glove
Two-time batting champ recognized for defensive prowess
Joe Mauer has been considered to be one of the best defensive catchers in baseball over the past few seasons. Now he has the hardware to prove it.The Twins catcher earned his first Rawlings Gold Glove on Thursday, an honor for defensive excellence. The winners were selected by managers and coaches from each American League team and they could not vote for their own players. "To be recognized as a great defensive player has always been a goal of mine," Mauer said when reached on his cell phone on Thursday evening. "I think that ever since I signed or first broke into the Major Leagues, everybody knew I could hit a little bit. "But I've always worked hard on the defensive side and I really take a lot of pride in that too -- handling pitchers, trying to throw runners out and the whole package. So to be recognized as the best in the American League is definitely a good feeling."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.