Carlos Guillen Announces Retirement

Carlos Guillen, a three-time All Star and veteran of 14 Major League seasons, just announced his retirement from baseball. Guillen was in the Mariners Major League camp as a non-roster invitee, and has been battling a calf injury.

Carlos played 14 seasons in the Majors with Seattle (1998-2003) and Detroit (2004-2011). He finishes his career with a .285 (1331×4673) average with 733 runs, 266 doubles, 51 triples, 124 home runs, 660 RBI in 1,305 Major League games. He has appeared in games at first base (71, 39 starts), second base (84, 82 starts), third base (189, 183 starts), shortstop (856, 817 starts) and left field (48, 48 starts). In a five-season stretch from 2004-2008, Guillen was selected to three All-Star Games (2004, 2007, 2008) and combined to bat .308 (734×2383) with 157 doubles, 30 triples, 75 home runs and 361 RBI.

Guillen made his Major League debut with the Mariners in 1998, and played in 488 total games with Seattle from 1998-2003. He hit .264 (439×1665) with 80 doubles, 16 triples, 29 home runs and 211 RBI in his time with the Mariners. He is possibly best known for his walk-off bunt single in Game #3 of the 2000 American League Division Series vs. the Chicago White Sox. A Mariners moment that will forever go down as one of the best in club history.

We wish the best to Carlos in his future endeavors, and a tip of the cap to a great career.

Carlos Guillen's walk-off bunt single vs. the White Sox in Game #3 of the 2000 ALDS.

8 Comments

Best of luck Carlos, thanks for wearing Mariners’ name. Does this technically mean he retires as a Mariner?

This is sad news. I was hoping he’d be a good veteran utility presence this year. I always liked Guillen, and was really disappointed when the Mariners traded him. Glad he ended up having a very strong career despite all of the injuries. Sounds like he has finally had enough of being hurt all the time. I’ll never forget that bunt to beat the ChiSox. It exemplified how much Carlos played the game the right way. I wish him well in life after baseball

Best of luck, too, Carlos. You are yet one more example of what a good farm team we are for the rest of MLB.

Guillen came over with Freddy Garcia and John Halama in the Randy Johnson trade from Houston in the late 90s…this trade actually made the Mariners a better team despite trading a Future 1st Ballot Hall of famer away…Carlos might have been a throw in the deal. Sure he had his moments in Seattle but never became an All-Star until he went to Detroit…it is a bit sad he wasn’t able to keep playing but it is understandable with his calf injury and given his age of 37 that maybe Father Time caught up with him…maybe they should retire Guillen’s #8 :)

I was so looking forward to you coming back to the Mariners. I was so bummed when you left. I always felt better when you were playing.You were so good at stepping in when needed. You were one of my favorite players.
Maybe you will get better and come back. You are not too old! Some of your Mariner buddies are still playing and they are older than you.
Good Luck on Getting better and Much happiness in your future!

I’ll always remember where I was for “the bunt” …
crossing the Narrows Bridge on the way to my Grandfather’s memorial service.
I cried tears of joy because I knew he was cheering from above.

Best Wishes and thanks for the memories, Carlos!

Guillen got the bunt down! I was cheering that for days. Saw this one in person days before my wedding. Fond memories. Lets hope the playoffs will return to Seattle soon.

I was really happy to hear that he was in camp, I truley wish him all the best, and so sorry not to be able to root for him. I loved the game you played! God Bless you always ~

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