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Joe Mauer the 2009 American League MVP has announced his retirement after 15 seasons where he played solely for the Minnesota Twins.
Mauer the, Minnesota native, made his announcement in a heartfelt personal letter to Twins fans saying in a letter, “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 result of diving for a foul ball.”
He went on to say “Thank you, Minnesota Twins, and thank you, fans, for making my career as special and memorable as it was. Because of you I can leave the game I love with a full and grateful heart.”
Joe left an amazing legacy, raking up 2123 hits, which is second all-time, three Gold Gloves, three batting titles, and also appeared in 6 all-star games. Mauer will finish his career batting 3.06 which makes him only the second player to be drafted first overall and have a batting average of above .300 by the end of his time playing.
Arguably his most impressive moment came in 2017, when he turned the Twins franchise around. After a record of 59-103 in the previous season the Twins went on to win over 25 more games and ended with a winning record of 85-77. He ended that season hitting .305, smacking 39 doubles, and made the playoffs for the first time in 8 years.
There was a mix of emotion between people all across Minnesota after hearing the news. Some were just celebrating his career, others were mourning over the fact that they will have a new face at first base next year.
Sartell students had some opinions on this particular news story:
What was your first reaction when you heard that Joe Mauer was retiring?
Cam Boe: I was happy for him. He gets to leave the game with a happy ending and a good career.
Jack Tragiai: It’s going to be weird seeing someone else lead our team after it was him for so long
Colin Hommerding: I am going to miss watching him play; he was always so clutch and the one bright spot on our team for many years.
What is your favorite memory of Joe?
Cam Boe: I honestly don’t have one, I don’t watch the Twins that often
Jack Tragiai: Probably when he hit a homerun in the Wild Card playoff game last year.
Colin Hommerding: I would say back in 2009 when we were in the playoffs, and he had a clutch double in the 9th to tie the game.