Mauer stood by what he said, and repeated what he thinks the important points are:
- The problems were sporadic, better on some days, worse on others;
- "I feel great now."
We'll see. As I've said before, Mauer's at an age where decline should be expected. Parallels have been drawn to Justin Morneau, who won a batting title at his age 33 season after several years of dealing with post-concussion symptoms. But that's a rather meaningless comparison. Among many other factors, Mauer's not working with Coors Field as a home environment.
Morneau, by the way, remains unsigned, and I've not seen his name connected to any team this winter. He was limited to just 49 games and less than 200 plate appearances last season for Colorado, and he turns 35 in May. He wants to play, but I suspect that he will wind up being one of the many players who don't get to choose when their careers are over.