Just so you know, he’s not offended by the way most baseball fans refer to him.
“I’ve been ‘Joe Mauer’s brother’ a long time,” laughed Jake Mauer. “We’re very proud of what he has become, what kind of person he is. I don’t take offense to it.”
Jake Mauer was announced Wednesday as manager of the 2013 Cedar Rapids Kernels. It’s the seventh season as a skipper in the Minnesota Twins farm system for the soon-to-be 34-year old, his first at the low-A level.
Mauer said he actually remembers playing in the first game at the newer Veterans Memorial Stadium in 2002. He was an infielder for the Quad Cities River Bandits, with one of his teammates being his brother, Joe, the Twins’ all-star catcher.
See that? A reference to Jake Mauer’s brother that time.
“I obviously love the game, I have a passion for it,” Jake said. “I just didn’t think (managing) would happen this soon for me. What is this going to be, my seventh year as a manager? I love the competition, love competing. It’s so much different than being a player. Instead of worrying about yourself, you’re worried about 25 guys.”
Mauer spent the previous four seasons at high-A Fort Myers. His first two years as a manager also were in Fort Myers, with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Twins.
The St. Paul, Minn., resident is excited to be closer to home this summer. He and his wife, Rachel, have a four-year-old daughter, Lauren, and a two-year-old son, Jake.
Mauer actually spends his winters working for his other brother Billy’s car dealership in St. Paul.
“I used to sell cars,” he said. “I’ll jump in there every now and then still when they need help. But mostly I just help manage the sales floor.”
He hopes someday he’ll be managing a big-league team instead.
“I enjoy working with the younger players,” he said. “It’s great to see them when they start to figure it out, when that click seems to go off in their heads. I’m excited to be coming to Cedar Rapids. I think we’re going to have a pretty talented group this season.”
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