Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer announces retirement

Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer doffs his helmet after a curtain call following his his grand slam off New York Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle in the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday Sept. 11 2018 in Minneapolis

Joe Mauer To Retire From Major League Baseball

Though Morneau has since himself retired, Mauer continued to play out the rest of the 2018 season, slashing.282/.351/.379 with six homers in 127 games, adding 48 RBI and 27 doubles to his totals.

The first overall pick in the 2001 draft out of Cretin-Derham Hall High School, the same program that produced Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, Mauer made his debut at the Metrodome on April 5, 2004, two weeks before his 21st birthday.

"The decision came down to my health and my family", Mauer wrote.

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He announced his retirement with a letter on Friday that was released by the organization and will run in both papers in the Twin Cities this weekend. "The risk of a concussion is always there, and I was reminded of that this season when I missed 30 games as a result of diving for a foul ball".

Mauer is 35 years old and his eight-year, $184 million contract with the Twins expired after this past season.

In his final game, Minnesota put Mauer back at catcher for one pitch during the game and he received a raucous ovation and appreciation from the crowd. "Because of you I can leave the game I love with a full and grateful heart".

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As a catcher, easily the game's most demanding and unsafe position, Mauer's offensive ability was Hall of Fame-worthy. He also earned several distinctions in the league as the first AL catcher to earn a batting title, which he tacked onto his MVP season with a league-leading (and MLB record for a catcher).365 average and.444 OBP across 606 PA for Minnesota. Lingering concussion effects led to a position switch, and Mauer was never the same standout asset as a first baseman. Mauer finishes with 2,123 career hits, 143 home runs, 923 RBIs, and a slash line of.306/.388/.439.

On top of his esteemed career, Mauer was consistently known as a classy, respectful ballplayer, appreciating the game around and always playing the game the right way.

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