Joe Mauer announced his retirement Friday, writing that he was leaving baseball with a “full and grateful heart” after 15 seasons with the Minnesota Twins.
“The decision came down to my health and my family,” Mauer wrote in the letter. “The risk of concussion is always there, and I was reminded of that this season … The concussion I experienced [in the 2013] season not only changed my life professionally with a move to first base but changed me personally as well.”
Going through a concussion can be different for everyone, Mauer wrote, but his “personal experience” made him “look beyond baseball at what is best for me as a husband and father.”
“I am soon to be a father of three and I find myself thinking about my future health and its impact on my family more than I had years ago,” he wrote. “People always told me how much things change you become a parent, and they were right.”
Mauer — a six-time all-star and Minnesota native who spent his entire professional career with the Twins — thanked the team and its fans for making his career “as special and memorable as it was.”
“Because of you I can leave the game I love with a full and grateful heart,” he wrote.
Mauer, 35, won the American League MVP in 2009, when he was Minnesota’s catcher. He won three batting titles and three Gold Glove awards.