Off Base News: Mauer Opens Bilateral Leg Weakness Foundation

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MINNEAPOLIS (satire) — With the first year of his  8-year, $184 million contract underway, Twins catcher Joe Mauer has decided to give back to the community. Mauer, through a spokesperson, announced Monday he has started a foundation to offer support to suffers of Bilateral Leg Weakness (BLW) and raise awareness about the mysterious condition.

“Being afflicted with BLW has changed my life,” Mauer said in a written statement. “Next to Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), BLW is the most common leg disorder in the United States. Dozens of Americans are afflicted with this condition and many have shared their touching stories with me. I feel compelled to use my standing to combat this often misunderstood disorder.”

According to, BLW is a neurological disorder “caused by a malfunction of the brain, the spinal cord, or nerves. These structures transmit signals from the brain, which stimulate the muscles to move the leg.”

Symptoms include general weakness, fatigue, fever, muscle pain, leg pain, and numbness and tingling in the legs and treatments range from medication and vitamin supplements to surgery. The condition can be caused by a variety of ailments, from depression and panic disorders to infant botulism.

Mauer, who has been on the Disabled List since April 14 with BLW recently began a rehabilitation stint with the Twins Single A team in Ft. Myers. His extended absence and the lack of information about his condition has been a source of angst among the organization and fans.

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