Joe Mauer’s case for the Hall of Fame will be considered for the first time this offseason.
The 2024 ballot was released on Monday, and long-tenured members of the Baseball Writers Association of America will submit their votes between now and the end of the year with results being announced on Jan. 23.
Candidates must play in the major leagues for at least 10 seasons and be retired for five years to appear on the ballot. Mauer, who retired after the 2018 season at age 35, will provide a compelling case for voters.
The St. Paulite was a career .306 hitter, a three-time Gold Glove catcher and a six-time all-star during his 15 seasons, all with the home-state Twins.
Mauer, who was selected first overall in the 2001 draft, had his best season in 2009, when he was named the American League MVP. He hit .365 with a 1.031 OPS and a career-high 28 home runs and 96 RBIs that year. He is the only catcher in major-league history to win three batting ...