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The Buffalo News - - SCOREBOARD - “The de­ci­sion came down to my health and my fam­ily. The risk of con­cus­sion is al­ways there and I was re­minded of that this sea­son af­ter miss­ing over 30 games as a re­sult of div­ing for a foul ball . ... I am soon to be a fa­ther of three and I find my­self t

Twins’ Mauer re­tires af­ter 15 sea­sons

Long­time Min­nesota Twins star Joe Mauer an­nounced his re­tire­ment on Fri­day in a let­ter to fans.

The 2009 Amer­i­can League MVP said health and fam­ily were the pri­mary rea­son he was step­ping away from the game af­ter 15 sea­sons.

“Af­ter much con­sid­er­a­tion, I have de­cided to re­tire from play­ing base­ball,” Mauer said in the let­ter. “This de­ci­sion did not come eas­ily as base­ball al­ways has been, and al­ways will be, one of my great­est pas­sions. ... Suzy Wha­ley

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