Joe Mauer's High School Coach Reflects on Sunday, Looks Ahead to Retirement Decision

October 01, 2018 01:21 PM

Jim O'Neill coached Twins legend Joe Mauer at Cretin-Derham Hall high school, and has stayed close with Mauer since. KSTP Sports caught up with O'Neill.

***Click the video box above to watch O'Neill talk about Mauer with our Darren Wolfson***


O'Neill was in attendance Sunday at Target Field, as Mauer put on the catching gear one final time and caught a pitch from Matt Belisle. While Mauer, 35, hasn't officially announced his retirement, Sunday's festivities certainly offered some hint. Mauer's 8-year, $184 million contract expires in November.

O'Neill spent time with Mauer as recently as early last week, and counts pitching to him in the 2009 Home Run Derby in St. Louis among his best memories.


KSTP Sports

Copyright 2018 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company


Official: 8 people hurt in accident involving 2 tour buses on Highway 280

2 found dead in Todd County home, suspect identified

1 seriously injured in St. Paul crash

Former U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis to run for Senate

17-year-old bicyclist hit, killed in Wright County crash