TWINS’ MAUER RETIRING AFTER 15 SEASONS
MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mauer is retiring after
15 major league seasons, six all-star 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 and St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Mauer’s eight-year, US$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
16 kilometres from the downtown Minneapolis ballparks he called home with the Twins.
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 — made his debut at the Metrodome on April 5, 2004, two weeks before his 21st birthday.