Carlos Beltran, for instance, capped a 20-year career last season by signing with the Houston Astros and winning the World Series title that had always eluded him.
I’m having too much fun.” Age also can send veterans like him, particularly those as accomplished but unfulfilled in the postseason as Mauer, on a last-ditch quest for championship rings.
Emily and Maren are in Florida this spring, Mauer said, because “they’ll be in kindergarten next year, so they can’t come down here.” That’s as opposed to their father, presumably. “I honestly don’t know how to answer.” And in the absence of definitive information, forecasting Mauer’s fate is a popular pastime, inside and outside the clubhouse.
“I don’t know why he would” retire, pitcher Phil Hughes said. That’s what I’m going to do this season.” And a year from now?
Their well-being, and the time away from them and his wife, Maddie, that comes with a baseball career, will be a consideration. The most handsomely paid player in franchise history squirms at the mention of his colossal compensation, grows mortified at the thought that fans might think he is greedy and objects to the notion that his paycheck in any way defines him.
His brother Jake, the Twins’ Class AA manager at Chattanooga last season, weighed similar circumstances this winter, and decided to give up baseball in order to be with his children. “I know I get labeled with that, but I’ve never played because of money.