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 titles, doing so in three of four seasons between 2006-09.
He was one of the most prolific offensive catchers the game has seen, but eventually moved off the position for the final five seasons of his career because of concussion issues.
He’s already made it to one Hall of Fame, becoming the newest member of the Twins Hall of Fame this summer.
“For me, I’m just humbled and honored to be in this position, to celebrate the Twins Hall of Fame, which means a great deal to me,” he said in August. “Cooperstown, that’s out of my hands. Obviously, it would be an unbelievable call to receive someday, and I hope I do.”
A player must receive votes on at least 75 percent of the ballots to be elected, and voters can select up to 10 players. Players who receive five percent of the vote will appear on the ballot again the following year for up to 10 total years.
That’s the case with Mauer’s former teammate, Torii Hunter, whose own case will be considered for the fourth time after garnering 6.9 percent of votes last year.
Democrats keep Dakota County seat in Minnesota House special election
Democrats will retain a six-seat edge in the Minnesota House after school board member Bianca Virnig prevailed Tuesday in a special election for a seat encompassing parts of Dakota County.
According to unofficial results in the low turnout election, Virnig comfortably beat Republican Cynthia Lonnquist and Libertarian Charles Kuchlenz. With all precincts reporting, Virnig took 58 percent of the vote.
Virnig will fill the seat left open by the resignation of DFL Rep. Ruth Richardson, of Mendota Heights, midway through her term.
The outcome means the DFL will enter the 2024 session with a 70-64 majority.
Virnig is a Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District board member. She had endorsements from several labor unions. She kept her messaging on local issues, focusing hard on resources available to public schools.
Republicans tried to pin decisions DFLers made in last year’s legislative session on Virnig, including the size and scope of a new state budget. The GOP also tested messaging around a costly renovation project of the State Office Building, which is set to begin soon.
All 201 House seats and control of the chamber are on the line in November; the state Senate and governor’s office that are controlled by the DFL now won’t be up again until 2026.
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Timberwolves’ McDaniels, McLaughlin “progressing well” through injury rehabilitation, team says
MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves announced that guards Jaden McDaniels and Jordan McLaughlin are both “progressing well” throughout their injury rehab.
McDaniels has been cleared to participate in individual on-court and strength training activites, while McLaughlin has been cleared to participate in full team activities, the team said.
McDanielsNov. 20 and has not played in a game since.
McLaughlin sprained his MCL in his right knee on Nov. 2 has also not played since his injury.
The Timberwolves have a two game lead atop the NBA’s western conference, and also hold the best winning percentage across the league with a 15-4 record.
The positive news on both players comes at a time when everything seems to be going well for the Wolves.
Head coach Chris Finch was recently named the western conference coach of the month by the NBA.
He joined Kevin McHale and Flip Saunders as the only other coaches in franchise history to receive the honor.
The team’s start to the season is their best in franchise history.
The Timberwolves host the Spurs at Target Center Wednesday night with tip-off set for 6:30 p.m.
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Check Out the Central Minnesota Holiday Light Displays!
While this winter, so far, has been snowless, the conditions are great for some evening holiday light viewing. Bundle up the family, jump into the car, and find your favorite.
While you’re out, snap a picture of some of your favorites and send it to us! We’ll keep adding to this list, so you’ll always have new places to check out!
Businesses, let us know about your light displays as well!
Let us know by emailing here!
Be sure to include your name (if you take a picture) and a rough address of the display.
Have fun, be polite, and enjoy the season!
Here’s our list so far!
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