Former Midwest Leaguer Joe Mauer had a pair of RBI singles for the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, bringing him to a total of 2,000 hits in the major leagues.
He is the 287th player to reach the 2,000-hit plateau, and besides him, only Rod Carew and Kirby Puckett collected that many hits in a Twins uniform.
This is Mauer’s 15th season as a major-leaguer. He won batting titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He was the American League MVP in 2009, when he batted .365 with 28 HR and 96 RBI in 138 games.
Mauer played 110 games with the 2002 Quad City River Bandits, batting .302 with four homers, 23 doubles and 62 runs batted in. He collected 124 hits for the team, and later got six more in the Midwest League during a four-game rehab stint with the 2014 Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Mauer’s brother Jake also played for the 2002 River Bandits and managed the Kernels for four seasons (2013-16).