Joe Mauer re­tires a home­town hero with Min­nesota Twins

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - DAVE CAMP­BELL

MIN­NEAPO­LIS Joe Mauer is re­tir­ing af­ter 15 ma­jor league sea­sons, six Al­lS­tar games, three Gold Glove awards, three bat­ting ti­tles and 2,123 ca­reer hits, all with his home­town Min­nesota Twins.

“Thank you, Min­nesota Twins, and thank you, fans, for mak­ing my ca­reer as spe­cial and mem­o­rable as it was,” Mauer wrote in a full­page ad that will run Sun­day in the Min­neapo­lis Star Tri­bune. “Be­cause of you I can leave the game I love with a full and grate­ful heart.”

Mauer’s eight-year, $184 mil­lion con­tract ex­pired the day af­ter the World Se­ries ended, cre­at­ing a nat­u­ral part­ing from the game he grew up with in St. Paul, less than 10 miles from the down­town Min­neapo­lis ball­parks he called home with the Twins.

“The de­ci­sion came down to my health and my fam­ily,” Mauer wrote. “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. That’s all it took this time around and it was all I need to bring me back to the strug­gles I faced in 2013.”

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.

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