The Minnesota Twins will retire Joe Mauer's No. 7 next season.

The club surprised Mauer with the announcement on Tuesday.

"I enjoyed putting the uniform on every day and being able to put on the Twins uniform, being at home, meant more to me than you'll know," Mauer said. "When I take my kids to a game and see No. 7 up there, it'll probably put a smile on my face every time I see it."

Mauer will become the eighth former Twins player or manager with a retired number.