Justin Morneau sounds like he's on brink of retirement

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Morneau's brain just hasn't been able to overcome a July 2010 concussion.
The last year and a half has surely been an extremely frustrating time for Twins first baseman and former MVP Justin Morneau.

In July 2010, Morneau, 30, took a knee to the head while sliding into second base to break up a double play in Toronto. He was concussed, but the impact didn't look severe and most baseball observers expected Morneau to sit out just a game or two and then resume playing at 100 percent.

In the nearly 20 months since, Morneau has played in only 69 games while continuously dealing with post-concussion symptoms and looking like a shell of his former self. And this morning, he suggested more strongly than ever that the end of his career might be near.

Morneau had a brief chat with reporters today after he reported to Twins spring training in Fort Myers, Florida. After a miserable 2011 season plagued by injuries to franchise cornerstones Morneau and Joe Mauer, Twins fans were hoping Justin would say he's symptom-free and ready to return to the slugging days of yore.

Unfortunately, Morneau's comments painted a very discouraging picture.

When asked if he's having concerns about future concussions, here's how Morneau answered:
Well, I don't think there will be a career if it's something I'm dealing with. That's the reality of the whole thing. I'm obviously not going to continue to mess around with this if it continues to be a problem. There comes a point where you can only torture yourself for so long. It's something I love to do but you keep preparing and you keep being left out, that's something that nobody wants to go through.
He suggested he contemplated retirement over the winter, saying, "it's been a tough winter that way." The Star Tribune's Jim Souhan, who is in Florida covering Twins spring training, tweeted that he interpreted Morneau's remarks as meaning the concussion-plagued slugger is on the verge of hanging it up:
If Morneau truly can't get healthy and decides he's had enough of trying to play through an endless post-concussion fog, it'll be a depressing way to conclude a career for a guy who not so long ago looked like he was on the way to becoming one of his generation's all-time greats.

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4 comments
Chili Davis
Chili Davis

Man - poor guy...

I wonder what some of the other Twins think when they see a guy dealing with a legit injury (and trying to play through it!)...

Harkens back to the classic Brad Radke pitching with a broken arm in his last ever start...

My thoughts and prayers go out to Justin - and well said about him being on the cusp of greatness before that fateful July game.  It's nice reading a Twins related article without some schmultzy spin about how they are going to 'surprise people' this year.

Jeremy
Jeremy

I certainly hope he can pull through. He's a class act and the team needs to have more attitudes like him around. I can't imagine how frustrating it would be to have such a promising career in front of you to only have it ruined by such a freak and, seemingly, minor collision.

Jeff Fecke
Jeff Fecke

It's too damn bad, because he was unbelievably good when he went down. But while it's depressing as a Twins fan, I think everyone will agree the best thing for Morneau is to get healthy, get his brain working, and have a long, happy life.

Shane Mack
Shane Mack

 Hey, Chili! Wanna meet up at Hubert's later and reminisce about '91? Hit me up!

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