Career on the Line for Twins' Morneau

Career on the Line for Twins' Morneau

Justin Morneau will arrive at a pivotal point in his career sometime during the upcoming season, with both his place as one of the game’s most feared sluggers, and long-term status with the Minnesota Twins unsettled.

The first baseman from New Westminster, B.C., managed to finish the 2012 season on the field, the first time he’s done so since he was runner-up for the American-League MVP in 2008, but he hardly resembled his hard-hitting self after fighting through a lengthy list of ailments the past four years.

Now, with his US$80-million, six-year contract set to expire in the fall and the Twins in the midst of a retooling, Morneau feels healthier than he’s been since an inadvertent knee to the head while sliding to break up a double play in 2010 turned his life upside down.

Whether that’s enough to push 2012’s .267/.333/.440 batting line with 19 homers and 77 RBIs in 134 games back up to his career norms is uncertain, and how that plays out in 2013 will determine which way things go for the four-time all-star.

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