One of the most respected catchers in the past decade, Joe Mauer, has decided to retire from baseball after 15 years. The catcher has spent his glorious career with the Minnesota Twins.
At the age of 35, Mauer has expressed his health concerns. On Friday, Mauer stated, “After much consideration, I have decided to retire from playing baseball. 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.”.
Mauer made his debut as a first baseman in 2011 with the Twins. The six-time all-star catcher, and first baseman, has put together a convincing Hall of Fame resume. Winning a batting title as a catcher in the MLB is rare, and Mauer was able to win three batting titles, an MVP award, and three Gold Gloves with the Twins. In 2009 (MVP year), Mauer was able to hit for 28 home runs, 96 RBI’s, and 191 hits. The slugger totalled 143 home runs, 2,123 hits, 1,018 runs and 923 RBIs in his career.
The Twins can thank Mauer for his genuine personality and dedication to the franchise. The last game of the 2018 season, Mauer received a long standing ovation from the crowd. An emotional Joe Mauer will now look to move on from baseball, but his legacy will forever live with the Minnesota Twins.
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