The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Mauer has bought a full-page advertisement for Sunday’s editions that informs followers of his choice.
“After a lot consideration I’ve determined to retire from enjoying baseball,” the advert from Mauer says, in response to the Star-Tribune. “The choice got here all the way down to my well being and my household. The chance of concussion is all the time there, and I used to be reminded of that this season after missing over 30 games because 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.”
The three-time American League batting champion — the one catcher to ever win three batting titles — would have been a free agent after his eight-year, $184 million contract expired on the finish of the 2018 season.
Along with the concussion suffered this previous season, Mauer additionally suffered one in 2013, which facilitated his transfer from catcher to first base.
Mauer, 35, had said that he had no real interest in enjoying exterior of his residence state.
The six-time All-Star choice will end his profession with a .306 batting common with 143 residence runs and 923 RBIs. Mauer is the Twins’ all-time chief in occasions on base, passing Corridor of Fame member Harmon Killebrew.
Mauer, who was chosen by the Twins with the primary general choice within the 2001 draft, additionally received three Gold Glove awards and 5 Silver Sluggers throughout his profession.