Twins’ Mauer says he’s retiring after 15 seasons
Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is retiring after 15 seasons.
The Twins released a retirement statement Friday from Mauer that will run Sunday in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Mauer, who missed significant time this season with a concussion, says in the ad that his decision “came down to my health and my family.”
“Thank you, Minnesota Twins, and thank you, fans, for making my career as special and memorable as it was,” Mauer writes. “Because of you I can leave the game I love with a full and grateful heart.”
Mauer, a former catcher, is 35 and his eight-year, $184 million contract expired after last season.
In his 15 major-league seasons, Mauer appeared in six All-Star games, won three Gold Gloves, three batting titles and racked up 2,123 hits, all with his hometown Twins.
⏩ J.P. Ricciardi is leaving the New York Mets after eight
seasons in their front office.
Ricciardi, 59, worked for the A’s from 1986 through 2001, including 12 years when Sandy Alderson was the club’s general manager, and was general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2001 through ’09.
Ricciardi was hired as a special assistant to Alderson, then the Mets’ general manager, in November 2010 and had been part of the trio running the team’s baseball operations after Alderson took a leave in July following a recurrence of cancer. New York hired Brodie Van Wagenen to succeed Alderson as general manager.
NFL: Dez Bryant’s tenure with the Saints might be short-lived. In just his second practice with New Orleans, the newly acquired wide receiver indicated
in social-media posts that he has had a significant setback.
The team’s injury report listed the former Dallas receiver as questionable for Sunday’s game in Cincinnati with an ankle injury, but a source said the team is still awaiting the results of a doctor’s examination of Bryant.
Golf: Matt Kuchar had a 7under-par 64 to build a twoshot lead at 14-under 128 over rookie Cameron Champ (62) halfway through the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Jordan Spieth missed the cut in his final event of the year.
⏩ Sergio Garcia’s 1-under 71 moved him to 9-under 135 overall, but his four-shot lead after the first round is down to one after Louis Oosthuizen’s second-round charge of 67 at the European Tour’s Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.
Rory McIlroy, who is still in the running to win the Race to Dubai and end the season as European No. 1, is tied for 19th after a 71.
⏩ Paul Goydos birdied the par-5 18th for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at 14-under 128 over Scott McCarron (64) in the PGA Tour Champions’ season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.
⏩ Gaby Lopez celebrated her 25th birthday with a hole-inone that helped her to a 6under-66 and a one-stroke lead at over Ariya Jutanugarn after the third round of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament at Hainan Island, China.