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Morneau doesn't sound positive about his future

Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:18 am
 
Justin Morneau

By C. Trent Rosecrans

It's tough to take tone from transcribed quotes, but reading what Twins first baseman Justin Morneau doesn't take much of a leap to assume he's not all sunshine and puppies in regard to his future.

Morneau hasn't been the same player since suffering a concussion in July of 2010 and even though he said he's been symptom-free for about a month, his meeting with Minnesota reporters on Friday didn't sound like someone very positive about his future.

Here's what he had to say (via La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune) when asked about his concerns about concussions in the future:
"Well, I don’t think there will be a career if it’s something I’m dealing with,'' he said. "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.

"Obviously it’s been a tough winter that way. I try not to think about that kind of stuff. Obviously it’s crossed my mind and it’s something I’ve had to think about but when that stuff comes into my mind I continue to look for something positive, and look how far I’ve come in the last week or in the last month and just hope it continues to go well.''
Morneau has two years left on the six-year deal he signed before the 2008 season. He will make $14 million this season and next. The 2006 American League MVP played in just 69 games last season, hitting .227/.285/.333 with four home runs.

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Comments

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 2:13 pm
 

Morneau doesn't sound positive about his future

The reality is that he is a bumped head away from his career ending.  I am sure he is following expert medical advice and his contract assures he'll get paid.  He should be careful on how he proceeds and I hope he can stay healthy, but as great a player as he was his contract is a huge drag on the Twins payroll so if he has anoither setback he should retire and hopefully the Twins have some sort of insurance on his contract.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:48 pm
 

Morneau doesn't sound positive about his future

I've been dealing with PCS for about 6 months.  The symptoms (headaches, cognitive impairment, lack of focus/concentraction, easily distracted, fatigue, insomnia, sensitivity to light/noise, disorganized thinking, dizziness) get worse when I exercise physically or mentally.  The MDs try to treat the symptoms, but the only real "cure" is time for the brain to heal.  There are no timelines.  Some people heal in weeks, some in months, some in years.  Lots of different factors (age, multiple concussions, severity of concussion, etc.) effect the condition.   Since the condition is "invisible, it's hard for people to relate to.  I know that many people see the athletes suffering from PCS as pampered malingerers.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  This condition is truly a living hell.  Good Luck to Justin, Brian Roberts, Sidney Crosby, Chris Pronger and the other athletes suffering from this. 



Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:38 pm
 

Morneau doesn't sound positive about his future

Don't count him out yet ... Heck, he's a Minnesota guy. No matter ... Hope it all turns out well despite that fact if he does come back my WS will no doubtedly suffer.



Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:24 pm
 

Morneau doesn't sound positive about his future

It is too bad that he (Justin) is still ailing, especially now that this has spilled over into another season. Fortunately, with all the recent news about concussions and the seriousness about addressing them, this may be an omen for him to finally call it quits for his own health and wellbeing. As a fan of the Twins and watching Morneau achieve so much after the Twins gave him the opportunity to play in 2003, it is sad to see him suffering and possibly call it quits, but I am glad he got recognition with the A.L. MVP in 2006 as well as making multiple all-star teams and winning the All-Star Home Run Derby. I would like to see him keep playing, but only on his terms and if he cannot play, than retiring will at least benefit both him and the Twins.



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:20 pm
 

Morneau doesn't sound positive about his future

 Justin Morneau was one of my favorite all time players, he was/is a good player with power and a kind heart and a down to earth kinda guy. That being said if he cant make it in spring training I hope he gives it up before the season starts. I know the Twins wont beable to replace him this year but I have a feeling this year is already done for the Twins, but it will let the Twins move on and figure out what to do for the 2013 year. Good Luck in your future no matter what it is Justin.



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:40 pm
 

Morneau doesn't sound positive about his future

Morneau and Roberts are on the brink of having their careers cut short by concussions. In some PCS seems to never go away.



Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:29 pm
 

Morneau doesn't sound positive about his future

Being a white sox fan, thats good news to me. I remember in his day, he would just kill us. Good luck in your futurei



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:44 pm
 

Morneau doesn't sound positive about his future

What a shame. He has one of the best swings in baseball and seems to be a great guy. I hope he can become a productive player again.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:17 am
 

Morneau doesn't sound positive about his future

Just depressing to see a strong career just get ruined by a concussion 



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:32 am
 

Morneau doesn't sound positive about his future

wow sad

how far have the M & M boys fallen?



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