7 reasons why No. 7 belongs in the Hall of Fame – MLB.com

Selected by his hometown team with the first overall pick of the 2001 Draft, Twins franchise icon Joe Mauer debuted with Minnesota in 2004 and never wore another uniform throughout his 15-year Major League career. After officially announcing his retirement on Friday, there’s no doubt that Mauer will go down as one of the greatest to ever wear a Twins uniform.

But five years from now, when he is eligible for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, will he also go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game?

Selected by his hometown team with the first overall pick of the 2001 Draft, Twins franchise icon Joe Mauer debuted with Minnesota in 2004 and never wore another uniform throughout his 15-year Major League career. After officially announcing his retirement on Friday, there’s no doubt that Mauer will go down as one of the greatest to ever wear a Twins uniform.

But five years from now, when he is eligible for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, will he also go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game?

To commemorate the conclusion of Mauer’s storied career, here are seven reasons why No. 7 should be voted into the Hall of Fame.

• Mauer is the only catcher to claim three batting titles, having paced the American League in 2006, ’08 and ’09. His .365 mark in the last of those three seasons represents the highest single-season mark by any primary catcher in modern history with at least 500 plate appearances.

Video: Mauer talks about winning the AL MVP Award

• Mauer closed his career with a .388 on-base percentage, which ranked fifth among active players with at least 3,000 plate appearances behind Joey Votto, Mike Trout, Paul Goldschmidt

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