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?We’ve got the talent to win, if we just get these guys some experience,” Mauer said of the Twins, who last year added 24 wins to their total from 2016.“I want to see this organization win, and I want to be a part of it.” Can the St. This is where my family is, where my daughters are growing up. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that.” It appears he won’t know for another seven months, though.
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.“He didn’t look like he was slowing down last year.” Mauer seems as afflicted by the attention as the uncertainty, but he admits to wondering himself. “If I can still contribute, I’m planning to keep going. I really enjoy playing this game, and I want to keep doing that as long as I can,” Mauer said.“I was driving here today and thinking, ‘This is my 17th big-league spring training in the same building, the same clubhouse.’ It’s really kind of emotional, a sentimental kind of thing. “To say, ‘Oh, I’m going to play just this year,’ or ‘I’m going to play three or four more years,’ I don’t have that answer.But if I’m feeling good and I’m having an impact, I want to play as long as I can.” A year ago, many wouldn’t have given him a Joe Mauer rookie card for his chances of getting another contract.His career, once on a Hall of Fame trajectory, had derailed as his team did, too.