The longtime Minnesota Twins first baseman and catcher informed the Star-Tribune that he’ll suppose lengthy and onerous about retirement this offseason.
“There’s loads that goes into it than simply, ‘Do you need to play?'” Mauer informed the Star-Tribune. “There’s lots of completely different dynamics that go into it. I owe it to myself and my household to take a seat down and take into consideration these issues.
“It is fascinating. It is a massive determination, and I need to be certain I am 100 % about it.”
Mauer is at present within the last season of his eight-year, $184 million contract, batting .274 with six residence runs and 43 RBI. The 35-year-old is a six-time All-Star and he has been with the Twins group since they selected him as the primary general choose within the 2001 MLB June Beginner Draft.
“We have had some moments,” Mauer mentioned. “Regardless, this final residence stand goes to be fairly emotional, after we come again. I am already beginning to really feel just a little bit like that.
On the time he signed the eight-year cope with Minnesota, Mauer was coming off an MVP season wherein he led the league in batting, on-base proportion and slugging whereas taking part in Gold Glove protection as a catcher. Then within the 2010-11 offseason, Mauer required knee surgical procedure and issues value him half the 2011 season. However in 2012, Mauer made the All-Star crew and as soon as once more led the league in on-base proportion whereas taking part in in 147 video games. The Twins fixture then suffered one other setback when in 2013 he was recognized with a concussion after he took foul tip off his catcher’s masks.
The post-concussion signs plagued Mauer for years afterwards, and ultimately prompted the Twins and Mauer to agree on transferring to first base following the 2013 season, forsaking what many regarded as a Corridor of Fame profession as a catcher.
Mauer has been a member of three division-winning groups and been to the postseason 4 instances, principally lately when the Twins earned the second American League wild-card spot final season. However he is by no means been on the profitable finish of a playoff collection.
In response to the Star-Tribune, Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and GM Thad Levine haven’t approached Mauer about his plans and can let him take as a lot time as he must decide.
“Not realizing both method, what route I am going. It has been a grind, lots of issues occurring this yr,” Mauer mentioned. “And I am simply making an attempt to get pleasure from it.”