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Joe Mauer's MLB peers react to his retirement letter

Nothing but respect for one of the best to ever wear a Twins uniform.

The next five, ten, maybe even 15 years will be spent debating whether Joe Mauer belongs in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but no matter what he's garnered the respect of his peers on the field and in the locker room. 

Related: Read Joe Mauer's letter to Twins fans.

Mauer wrote a letter to Twins Territory announcing his retirement on Friday and it spread quickly across the baseball world, drawing reaction from his teammates and MLB foes – and we're sure there will be even more reaction when Mauer holds a retirement press conference at 4 p.m. on Monday.

But as Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer, who battled Mauer and the Twins frequently during his days with the Royals, said: "Nothing but respect Joe! You were an MVP on and off the field." 

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