*Justin Ernest George Morneau’ was born on May 15, 1981 in New Westminster, British Columbia. He plays first base for the Minnesota Twins.*High School’Justin grew up in New Westminster, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver. He played baseball in the New Westminster Minor Baseball Association.
Justin attended Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary School in New Westminster, later transferring to Richard McBride Elementary, where his mother was a teacher and coach.
Justin attended St. Thomas More Collegiate High School from 1994-95 (the 8th grade).
He transferred to New Westminster Secondary School and graduated in 1999.
Minor LeaguesJustin was offered several college scholarships, but when he was selected by the Twins in the 3rd round as the 89th overall pick of the 1999 MLB amateur entry draft, he signed on.
In six minor league seasons, his batting average averaged .310 with 87 home runs, 153 RBI and 122 doubles.
Major LeaguesJustin made his major league debut with the Twins on June 10, 2003, but spent the majority of the season with the Triple A Rochester Red Wings.
In 2004, the Twins traded first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to the Boston Red Sox and Justin became the Twins’ starting first baseman. Morneau appeared in 61 games for the Twins in 2004, hitting 19 home runs in 280 at bats while committing just three errors.
Justin struggled during 2005, with a variety of illnesses. He was also beaned in the head by pitcher Ron Villone, which put him on the DL.
By mid-2006, he had returned to form.
On January 25, 2008, Jusstin agreed to a six year contract with the Minnesota Twins, worth $80 million, the largest and longest deal in Twins history.