American League All-Star Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins smiles during Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on July 15, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Twins all-star catcher and league MVP Joe Mauer said he is feeling better during his recovery from a concussion. The injury sidelined the diamond star for much of the last baseball season.
Mauer has also just become the father of twin girls. He has spent his time off with his wife and children in his Twin Cities home. On Thursday morning, he took time to appear with his mother, Teresa, at an event for teachers hosted by Kemps Ice Cream.
The Mauers are spokespersons for Kemps' "It's the Cows" advertising campaign. The "Gallons for Good" program provided a portion of Kemps' milk sales, up to $40,000, for the event. Teachers were invited to "shop" at the Kids in Need Foundation for school supplies for their classrooms.
"My mom is a former teacher," noted Joe Mauer. "I have two sisters-in-law that are teachers and knowing that and how much money that they put into their classrooms and their school supplies, there is a great need for that."
As for Mauer's physical condition, he was direct.
"Good, good. I am feeling better. You know, this time of year is, for not just myself, but all baseball players, a time to recover from the season and everything has been checking out good and [I'm]looking forward to this off-season and getting strong and getting ready for next year."
Mauer said he is happy that manager Ron Gardenhire is signed up again, despite the Twins' losing records of late.
"I have spoken with him a few times after the announcement and definitely excited that he will be back for a couple of years," said Mauer.
Mauer responded to comments that he might be better used at a position other than catcher. "Well, it is talk," said Mauer. "I do not even know what to think about it. I am really just trying to focus on getting back on the field and helping our team win, whether it is catching or first base or DH (Designated hitter) or I even played right field a couple times and hopefully, that is not the case! But just looking forward to getting back on the field with the guys and getting the team back to where we should be."
Mauer has turned much of his attention to his new role as parent. "Now it is the off season. I am in-season as a dad," joked Mauer. "So, it has been fun, hanging out at home. We have been going on walks, that is a lot of fun, you know, get out of the house a little bit. It is just fun to watch them change."
Mauer said he would like to expand his roster at home. "Yeah, I would like to have more kids, for sure. Have a boy? That would be fun, but these two girls, they are a lot of fun."
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