Video: Mauer on Moving to 1B
Fox Sports North broadcast a video of Dick Bremer interviewing Joe Mauer about the move to 1B. It was good seeing him talk in person about it. He seemed very at peace with it based on his body language.
You can find the video here.
Bremer asked him about why he has always wanted to be a catcher. I found lots about his answer interesting:
1. I hadn't thought about how he always wanted that "captain on the field" position in all sports.
"Being in charge. Having your teammates look at you to make plays and setting a good example for them and always hustling. That was always very appealing to me. I've always kind of been that in every sports I played. I was a point guard in basketball and a quarterback in football. So I always enjoyed being in that leadership type of role.
I played different positions growing up. I think when I got to high school, I kind of realized that would be the quickest way to the big leagues: a left-handed hitting catcher. That's kind of when I started to turn my focus to catching and really fell in love with it. "
2. I find it interesting that he made an analysis in high school that led him towards catcher.
3. I love that he said he "fell in love" with being a catcher.
I think it's worth watching, just for the body language. A lot has been said about who drove this decision. I don't find any evidence that Mauer is not totally invested in this decision.