Twins' Joe Mauer Says He Will Consider Retirement During Offseason

Twins first baseman Joe Mauer on possible retirement: "It's a big decision, and I want to make sure I'm 100% about it."
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Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer said it is possible that he could retire at that end of this season, but still needs to consider several factors before coming to a decision.

The 35-year-old Mauer has spent each of his 15 Major League seasons playing for the Twins.

"There's a lot that goes into it than just, 'Do you want to play?'" Mauer said to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "There's a lot of different dynamics that go into it. I owe it to myself and my family to sit down and think about those things.

"It's interesting. It's a big decision, and I want to make sure I'm 100% about it."

Mauer is hitting .274 with six home runs and 43 RBI in 112 games this season.

Mauer, a six-time All-Star and three-time American League batting champion, is in the final season of an eight-year, $184 million deal.

"We’ve had some moments,” Mauer said. "Regardless, this last homestand is going to be pretty emotional, when we come back. I’m already starting to feel a little bit like that.

"Not knowing either way, what direction I’m going. It’s been a grind, a lot of things going on this year. And I’m just trying to enjoy it."