November 12, 2018 12:08 PM
An emotional Joe Mauer discussed his decision to retire from Major League Baseball Monday morning.
The Twins star, and St. Paul native, officially announced his decision Friday. But he met the media during a press conference Monday at Target Field.
"I'm not going to lie," Mauer said. "You can seem I'm pretty overwhelmed with emotion right now."
That emotion was evident, especially when Mauer thanked his family members for their support over the years, including his wife, in-laws, brothers and parents.
"Mom and Dad, thank you so much for always believing in me," he said while breaking up. "For sitting at my countless games and tournaments. And for being a pillar of support for me always."
Mauer also thanked a long list of former coaches and managers, Twins officials, teammates and others who influenced him.
That included fellow Minnesota natives like Tim Laudner, Kent Hrbek and Jack Morris, all of whom also played for the Twins during their careers.
"Thank you for showing me how to be a Minnesota Twin, both on the field and in the community," he said.
Mauer said he was grateful to have spent his entire career in his home state.
"There was nowhere else I ever wanted to be," he said.
He even thanked the media for covering him over the years, especially on behalf of his grandparents whom he said have saved those stories.
Speculation about Mauer's retirement was rampant down the final stretch of last season, and he all but confirmed the rumors when he put on the mask and mitt to catch in the ninth inning of the team's regular-season finale.
Mauer was drafted No. 1 overall by the Twins in 2001 and made his first MLB appearance in 2004. The St. Paul native and Cretin-Derham Hall grad spent his entire career with the Twins, serving as the team's long-time catcher until 2013, when he was moved to first base, a move brought on by a concussion.
And he cited health and family as reasons for his decision in a letter released by the team Friday.
"I feel like this is the best plan, not only for me, but for my family," he repeated Monday.
But Mauer was clear that he was not saying farewell.
"I was a Twins fan before I was a Twin, and I'll be a fan even after I'm no longer playing," he said.
Updated: November 12, 2018 12:08 PM
Created: November 12, 2018 11:30 AM
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