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Joe Mauer: ‘Message got lost’ in comments about blurred vision


Joe Mauer appears to regret revealing this past offseason that he’s been experiencing blurred vision over the past two seasons due to concussions he suffered while serving as a catcher before the Minnesota Twins transitioned him to first base.

But the three-time AL batting champ and 2009 AL MVP wanted to stress that he feels great heading heading into spring training and that the blurred vision angle may have been played up a bit too much, or at least more than he would have preferred.

“I said what I said. I think there are times where people take things and run with it,” Mauer said from Ft. Myers, Fla., via the Star Tribune’s  La Velle E. Neal III. “I’m not going to lie, there were times it was difficult but I feel great now and I think that message got lost. And I don’t want that message to get lost because I’ve come a long way and worked to hard to focus on that.”

The usually reliable — if not wildly proficient — Mauer struggled immensely last season at the plate, hitting a career-low .265,  topping his previous career-low of .277 in 2014. His miserable 2015 also featured a career-high 112 strikeouts, an indication that Mauer — one of the best eyes at the plate in the league throughout much of his career — may not have been picking up the ball as well as he has in the past.

The drastic drop in productivity at the plate coincided with the Twins having Mauer slough off the tools of ignorance permanently to avoid the concussions he was suffering behind the plate, leading many to suspect the switch to first base had negatively impacted his hitting.

In the end, Mauer — who clearly regrets bringing up the blurred vision issue — is eager to put the past two disappointing seasons behind him, indicating he feels great and that his offseason workouts have not been negatively impacted as was the case last season.

“It’s like night and day,” he said.