Mike Cameron Retires as a Mariner
Former Mariners center fielder Mike Cameron, in Seattle to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Mariners Home Opener tonight at Safeco Field, has officially retiring from baseball “as a Mariner”.
Cameron, 39, had signed a 2012 contract with the Washington Nationals, but six days prior to the club’s reporting date, he notified them that he was retiring from baseball.
Today, Mike said, “I was excited to be invited to throw out the first pitch by the Mariners. On my way here on Wednesday, I decided that I wanted to retire as a Mariner. My memories and my time here were a joy both on the field and with my family. I am pleased that I was able to work with the Mariners organization to make this happen.”
Cameron spent four of his 17 Major League seasons with the Mariners, averaging .256 with 22 home runs and 86 runs batted in from 2000-2003. In the process, he quickly became a fan favorite while earning two Gold Glove Awards (2001, 2003) for his defense in center field. Mike had the unenviable task of following Ken Griffey Jr. in center field for the Mariners.
Mariners President Chuck Armstrong said, “When Mike told us that he would like to retire as a Mariner, we were excited and proud and wanted to make it happen for Mike. He was an integral contributor to the Mariners success from 2000-2003, and is a wonderful representative of the Mariners and the game of baseball. We wish him and his family the best as he moves beyond his playing days.”