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Joe Mauer, Twins

Photograph By Jesse Johnson/US Presswire

Signed through 2018

He was a hometown hero in the Twin Cities even before he made it to the majors with the local big league club. The love affair between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Joe Mauer started at Cretin-Derham Hall High School and hasn't ended yet through nine years with the Twins and a .323 career batting average. The highlight (so far): Mauer's MVP season in 2009, when he hit .365 and led the Twins to the NL Central title.