The 35-year-old Mauer introduced his retirement Friday in a prolonged letter to followers.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) November 9, 2018
“After a lot consideration I’ve determined to retire from enjoying baseball,” Mauer wrote within the announcement. “The choice got here right down to my well being and my household. The chance of concussion is at all times there, and I used to be reminded of that this season after lacking over 30 video games on account of diving for a foul ball.
“Thanks, Minnesota Twins, and thanks, followers, for making my profession as particular and memorable because it was. Due to you I can go away the sport I really like with a full and grateful coronary heart.”
Mauer gained the 2009 AL MVP Award when he hit .365, with 28 dwelling runs and 96 RBIs. He additionally gained the Gold Glove Award that season, his second of three consecutive honors for his protection behind the plate.
However a concussion in 2013 compelled Mauer to maneuver to first base. He suffered one other concussion final season, which made him rethink his objective of enjoying till at the very least 2020.
Mauer’s standing as a local son — he was born in St. Paul — made him a fan favourite from the second the Twins chosen him No. 1 total within the 2001 MLB Novice Draft.
Mauer ends his profession with six All-Star Sport appearances and three AL batting titles, making him the one catcher in historical past to win three titles. Mauer finishes with 2,123 profession hits, 143 dwelling runs, 923 RBIs, and a slash line of .306/.388/.439.