Joe Mauer announced his retirement on Friday, writing that he was leaving baseball with "a heart full of gratitude" after 15 seasons with the Minnesota Twins.
Mauer detailed his decision in a long letter to the fans, that the Twins put on line. The Twins should hold a press conference Monday, according to MLB.com.
"The decision was made for my health and my family," Mauer writes in the letter. "The risk of concussion is still present and it was reminded me this season … The concussion suffered [in the 2013] The season has not only changed my professional life with the move to first base, but has also changed me personally. "
Mauer wrote that having a concussion may be different, but his "personal experience" has earned him "looking beyond baseball to see what's best for me as a husband and father".
"I will soon be a father of three and I think more about my future health and impact on my family than I did a few years ago," he wrote. "People have always told me how things change when you become a parent and they were right."
Mauer, a six-time star and Minnesota native who has spent his entire professional career at the Twins, thanked the team and his fans for making his career "as special and memorable as it was.
"Thanks to you, I can leave the game that I love with a full and grateful heart," he wrote.
Mauer, 35, was named the AHL MVP in 2009, while he was the Minnesota receiver. He has won three batting titles and three Gold Glove awards.
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