Sat Nov 10, 2018, 08:54 AM

Joe Mauer retires after 15 years, 6 All-Star nods

Not a Twinkies fan (of course ), but Mauer has been a favorite of mine since he entered the league back in '04. He's a class act and consummate professional. His career was on a definite HoF trajectory up until about 2013 or so, but he'll probably fall a little short overall of making it statistically.

That said, MLB is losing one its genuine good guys. In an age of trash talk and in-your-face chest-thumping, Mauer stood out as a reminder of the quiet dignity and class professional athletes used to have. He'll be missed.

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