Ever wonder what pro baseball players do away from the diamond? Here’s a small sampling of how some popular Minnesota Twins spend their leisure time.
Trevor May: His lively arsenal of pitches has put him on an inside track to eventually become a fixture in the Twins’ rotation, but May finds an escape from baseball behind the DJ table. Known in electronic music circles by the name DJ MAYzR, May regularly spins at nightclubs in his hometown of Seattle and has explored opportunities to book gigs in Minneapolis. His beats can be found online, and May talked extensively about his music during a recent appearance on the Minneapolis-based podcast “Talk to Contact.” May was formally known as DJ Hey Beef.
Brian Dozier: A devout Christian, Dozier and his new wife spent time during the offseason deployed on a mission trip to Nicaragua with “Amigos for Christ.” The living conditions, which included bugs the size of avocados, were a far cry from the posh lifestyle starting second basemen are accustomed to, but Dozier was emphatic that the experience put his life in perspective. The work centered around providing clean drinking water to local villagers, and Dozier’s primary responsibility was digging ditches in temperatures that routinely felt like well over 100 degrees. Female fans swooned en masse when Dozier, with a thick southern drawl, arrived in Minneapolis from the minor leagues in 2012 with long, curly grips of auburn hair that dropped down to his shoulders. He’s since sheared off the locks and now sports a much shorter haircut.
Joe Mauer: Minnesota’s hometown boy, Mauer was born and raised in St. Paul. He owns a home in Fort Meyers, where he is a legal resident, as well as a luxury log cabin near Cambridge in northern Minnesota. Mauer has twice appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and he is one of three brothers—all of whom were at one time under player contracts with the Twins. Mauer is a new father to twin (yes, twin) girls, Emily and Maren. Mauer was married a little over a year ago in a ceremony that included several teammates, and he and his wife went to high school together in St. Paul. Mauer was offered a full football scholarship to play quarterback at Florida State, but instead chose to enter the MLB draft. The Twins selected him No. 1 overall in 2001. Mauer’s brother, Jake, is the manager of Minnesota’s minor league team in Cedar Rapids, IA, and his other brother, Billy, owns a successful chain of car dealerships in the St. Paul metro area. Mauer’s uncle was arrested in 2013 during a prostitution sting.
Alex Meyer: Rated Minnesota’s No. 1 pitching prospect by Baseball America, the 6-foot-9 Meyer spent a chunk of his offseason in, of all places, a middle school classroom. Meyer made national headlines when news broke that the former first-round pick signed a contract to substitute teach for $60 a day in his hometown of Greensburg, IN. It was his third winter teaching for the district he attended as a child and where his mother still works. Meyer recently signed a contract worth north of $2 million.
Glen Perkins: Another Minnesota Twin born and raised in the Minneapolis area, Perkins attended the University of Minnesota and continues to live near his childhood home in Stillwater. He once left four tickets at will call for a Twitter follower who had problems with seats purchased for a game at Target Field. The lucky follower and three family members sat about 15 rows directly behind home plate. He famously took to Twitter a few seasons ago to lash out at the Cleveland Indians, who couldn’t seem to either pronounce or spell his name correctly. Perkins’ wife is among the most active in the Twins’ “Wives Community Fund,” and he earned his first All-Star appearance in 2013.