On Air
0:00
0:00
Open In Popup
MPR News

Morneau to make retirement official with Twins sendoff

Share story

Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins bats.
Justin Morneau (33) of the Minnesota Twins bats in the second game of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Sept. 1, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo.
Tim Umphrey | Getty Images 2012

Justin Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP and Minnesota Twins first baseman whose career was derailed by concussion symptoms, is retiring after 1,603 hits and 247 home runs in 14 major league seasons.

The Twins confirmed Morneau's retirement on Monday. They scheduled a news conference with Morneau and team officials for Wednesday.

Morneau didn't play in 2017. He appeared in 58 games for the Chicago White Sox in 2016.

After the Twins drafted the Canadian in 1999, Morneau became a four-time All-Star. His MVP-caliber performance in 2010 was halted by a knee to the head he took during a slide that cost him half of that season. He produced one more strong year, winning an NL batting title with the Colorado Rockies in 2014.