Former Tommie Jake Mauer was named manager of the Minnesota Twins’ Class-A team, the Fort Myers Miracle.
The oldest brother of Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer has managed the rookie league’s Gulf Coast Twins in Florida for the past two years. He also coached the team for four years before that.
Mauer helped bring St. Thomas a national baseball title during his senior year in 2001 and was inducted into St. Thomas’ Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
He was drafted by the Twins in the 23rd round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. He played in the minors until an elbow injury ended his role as player.
“It’s been an easy transition for me from both player to coach and then to manager,” Mauer said in an interview Oct. 5. “Most of the kids in the Gulf Coast League are 18 to 20 years old, so you’re dealing with the younger players, but it’s also very rewarding in the fact that you’re kind of teaching them how we want things done and hopefully get their careers off on a good foot in the organization.”
As manager, Mauer led the Golf Coast team to a 34-21 record and a first-place finish last year.