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Joe Mauer retired from baseball on Friday afternoon after 15 seasons in the big leagues, all with the Twins.
Mauer wrote a letter to Twins fans announcing his retirement in which he cited concussions as a primary reason for his decision. The former MVP dealt with concussions in 2013, which led to his move from catcher to first base. Now a father of three, Mauer can retire with his health mostly intact. The 35-year-old debuted in 2004 and wound up compiling over 2,000 hits over 15 seasons. His best season came in 2009 when Mauer led the league in batting average, OBP, slugging, and OPS. That season he won the AL MVP, a gold glove, a silver slugger, and was an all star. He will be missed by baseball fans everywhere.
Joe Mauer went 4-for-8 with three runs scored in Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox. All hits were singles, and he also walked once.
Mauer's 2019 is in question, as he is considering retirement. Mauer is a one-trick pony these days, but he adds veteran leadership to a clubhouse filled with youngsters. His .280 average and .726 OPS is solid, but not fantasy worthy.
Joe Mauer, hitting leadoff, went 2-for-4 with a run scored on Sunday against the A's. The Twins defeated the A's 5-1.
Mauer has had a poor season by his standards (.276 average, .718 OPS). It's hard to believe that he once hit 28 homers in a season, all the way back in 2009. He may end up calling it quits after this year. If he doesn't, he won't be worth drafting in 2019.
Joe Mauer went 2-for-5 against the Tigers on the Tuesday, hitting two singles and scoring a run. The Twins won 5-3.
Mauer keeps motoring along, picking up singles and posting a decent OBP of .345. He should be left on waivers in all formats, given his lack of counting stats and power. If he retires this year, the baseball community will certainly miss him. He is the standard for longevity, posting consistent stats since 2004.
Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a granny in the fifth inning off of Tommy Kahnle. He also walked, singled, and scored another run in the 10-5 victory.
It feels like Mauer has shown some more power than usual, but he only has six homers all year. Mauer has had fantastic games like this in the second half, but he is too inconsistent (along with the Twins' lineup in general) to warranty any serious fantasy consideration. He is hitting .272 with a .717 OPS.