Minnesota Twins players often get lasting nicknames. Kent Hrbek was Herbie, Paul Molitor was Molly and Kirby Puckett was Puck.
How come Joe Mauer seems to just be Joe Mauer? (Not that there's anything wrong with that....I just wonder if he'll ever get something else, too!)
Nickname possibilities for Joe Mauer could include JM, though that cuts too close to fellow Minnesota Twins player (and former roommate) Justin Morneau. Perhaps Joe Mauer could go by "7" since he proudly wears that number on his Minnesota Twins uniform. Joe Mauer's last name is difficult to abbreviate like the Hrbek, Molitor, and Puckett brigade. "Mauery" or "Mau" just doesn't have the same ring as "Puck." In fact "Mau" conjured images of a certain Chinese dictator...not the kind of association a young Minnesota Twins baseball player would enjoy.
Looks like Joe Mauer will be just that--Joe Mauer--for his professional career. Or, according to Sports Illustrated, American Idol. Both are fine with me!