Mauer commercials are magnets for criticism

Joe Mauer is in quite a few commercials these days. Sony, Gatorade, and Head and Shoulders just name a few. Most of them were filmed during the off-season, but they're still adding to the criticism Mauer faces on a daily basis.
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Joe Mauer is in quite a few commercials these days. Sony, Gatorade, and Head and Shoulders just name a few. Most of them were filmed during the off-season, but they're still adding to the criticism Mauer faces on a daily basis.

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