Morneau dating

JANUARY 15: Morneau will indeed retire, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger tweets.

He’s expected to hold a press conference to announce the move on Wednesday.

Of course, it’s hard not to ask what might have been.

Morneau won the American League MVP Award in 2006 and went to the All-Star Game in each of the ensuing four seasons.

Now, though, indications clearly are he’s moving on to other challenges in the baseball world.

Clearly, Morneau will forever be associated with the Minnesota franchise, though, after 11 good years there.

Morneau, 36, told Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling of in late October that he was not ready to retire officially, but also seemingly acknowledged his playing career was likely over.

At the time, Morneau said he had hoped to play in 2017 but had not been willing to go down to Triple-A and wait for a phone call.

While he was eventually able to return to above-average work at the plate, and even turned in a very strong 2014 season with the Rockies (.319/.364/.496), Morneau never fully regained his standing on the field.

Injuries limited Morneau in 2015 and delayed his start to the 2016 campaign, when he signed a one-year deal with the White Sox after offseason elbow surgery.

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