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Twins announce plans for Mauer celebration

Joe Mauer acknowledges fans Sept. 30 at Target Field. Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, Jan. 8, announced that June 15 will be “Joe Mauer Day” at Target Field as the team hosts a pregame ceremony honoring the Twins great and hanging up No. 7 for good.

The Twins will release more details about the event, which will take place before a 6:10 p.m. game against the Kansas City Royals, in the future. The first 20,000 fans in attendance to that game will receive a No. 7 hat.

The team also announced a series of Mauer bobblehead giveaways. The first one, which will be given away on May 24, will feature Mauer swinging in his high school jersey. The second one, on July 19, will depict Mauer playing catcher in his major league debut. On Aug. 24, they will commemorate his 2009 season when he was the American League MVP and took home a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award. The last one, on Sept. 7, will be from the final game of Mauer’s career.

The completed set of four, given out to the first 10,000 fans in attendance at each game, will form the No. 7 at the base of the bobbleheads.

The Twins are selling a “Mauer Bobblehead Four-Pack,” for tickets to those games starting on Jan. 17. Those who purchase the pack are not guaranteed the four bobbleheads — they must still be among the first through the gates — but they will receive a special fifth giveaway of Mauer making his behind-the-net catch on June 10, 2010.

Single-game tickets for the 2019 season go on sale on Jan. 22.