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Joe Mauer leaves the Twins for the birth of his twins

Jul 24, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer AP

Joe Mauer was a last-minute scratch from last night’s lineup, leaving the Twins in California and flying back home to Minnesota because his wife went into labor with twins.

Her due date was August 31, but twins often arrive a lot earlier than expected and Mauer will miss at least a few games while on paternity leave. There wasn’t enough time to add another player to the roster for last night’s game, but Chris Herrmann started in Mauer’s place at catcher and ended up hitting a grand slam in the 10th inning to seal a victory over the Angels.

Drew Butera is on a cross-country flight from Rochester, New York to Anaheim, California to join the Twins for tonight’s game. And here in Minnesota there’s a different Royal Baby watch going on.

UPDATE: Twins baseball communications director Dustin Morse just announced that Maddie Mauer gave birth to twin girls named Emily and Maren early this morning. Joe made it back just in time.

  1. El Bravo - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    hahah, isn’t that ironic? no, no it isn’t.

    • alexo0 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      I guess your understanding of irony is the same as Alanis Morissette’s. And I’m not saying that ironically.

      • El Bravo - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        …I see you got my reference but didn’t get that part where I said it wasn’t, in fact, ironic.

      • alexo0 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        My mistake. I assumed you said that last part ironically.

  2. dawgpoundmember - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    August 31st? Twins usually come a month early?

    • sdelmonte - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Very often. There isn’t really room in there, so maybe twins are technically premature, if not at risk. And some twins ARE at risk.

  3. dluxxx - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Congrats Joe. A new set of Minnesota Twins.

  4. hansob - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Based on that picture, Mauer and Morneau are all ready to play some “London Bridge is Falling Down” with the kiddies.

  5. missthemexpos - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    With the way Chris Herrmann is hitting filling in for Mauer, does Joe even get his first string catching duties back when he returns!

  6. sdelmonte - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Boy, this is one loyal player. Makes you wonder what sort of family he’d start if he were a Giant.

  7. bdnnbd - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    “Meanwhile, expectant wife of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and her vagina are petrified.”

  8. Walk - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    This is a better story than any I expected to see today. I am glad joe made it to see the wee ones come into this world. Congratulations to the mauer family, hope joe still has a job when he comes back, I hear his replacement is making a bid for more playing time.

  9. stabonerichard - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    #mauerbabymakingpower

  10. Old Gator - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Children are horrible.

    Twins are twice as horrible.

  11. kevinbnyc - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Maren Mauer? That’s a little questionable.

    • sportsdrenched - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      But at least they had names picked out before the birth, unlike some other people.

      • kevinbnyc - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        Twins royalty (Gleeman) should have to approve of the name before it is announced with great pomp and circumstance.

  12. peopletrains - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Can they pitch?

  13. drsteller - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    The only downside to normally joyful baby news is Drew Butera.

  14. redsoxchamp11 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    as a father of twin daughters…good luck Joe.

    yes, twins are typically born anywhere from as early as 32 weeks to the full term. My wife made it to 37 with our girls.

    • dcollins8 - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Lucky man. My twins were born at 32 wks.

  15. sportsdrenched - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Who does Joe think he his leaving his team without a catcher short for a game? They’ve got the entire off-season to have babies. Can’t they plan this stuff? -Some Newspaper Columnist in Texas*

    And Congrats Mauer Family

    *=probably

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