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Three-time All-Star Carlos Guillen announces retirement

Mar 6, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen heads for first base after being walked by Oakland Athletics pitcher Fautino De Los Santos during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan Reuters

Carlos Guillen, who signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on February 1, announced his retirement today.

Guillen had a remarkable career, transitioning from light-hitting shortstop to an impact bat who played all over the diamond, but injuries limited him to just 81, 68, and 28 mostly ineffective games during the past three seasons.

He calls it quits at age 36 after playing 14 seasons in the majors, including two huge years for the Tigers in 2004 (.318 with 20 homers and a .921 OPS) and 2006 (.320 with 19 homers and a .920 OPS).

Overall the switch-hitting Guillen batted .285 with a .355 on-base percentage and .443 slugging percentage in 1,305 games for the Mariners and Tigers. Among all active hitters with at least 5,000 career plate appearances he ranks 32nd in adjusted OPS+ at 111, alongside Alfonso Soriano (112), Andruw Jones (111), and Adrian Beltre (110).

He made three All-Star teams and earned $70 million. Not a bad career for a guy who was second-best prospect (behind Freddy Garcia) traded from the Astros to the Mariners for Randy Johnson in 1998.

UPDATE: Guillen talked about his decision with Greg Johns of MLB.com:

It’s a tough decision. I tried to come back, but I couldn’t. I’ve been through a lot of injuries. You have to keep your head up and be in the right position to keep going. But at this time, your body tells you, you know? It’s hard because you only make this decision one time in your career and in your life.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    “Guillen had a remarkable career, transitioning from light-hitting shortstop to an impact bat who played all over the diamond, but injuries limited him to just 81, 68, and 28 mostly ineffective games during the past three seasons.”

    Hmmmmm, it almost seems like a sequence of events that we’re heard before… A sequence of events caused by some sort of external stimuli… Oh well, can’t think of what it could possibly be. Enjoy retirement, Carlos.

    • ezthinking - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      With that attitude, why do you even watch baseball?

    • hasbeen5 - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      That’s ridiculous. As far as I know, he’s never been accused or linked to steroids. There a ton of reasons a hitter improves, why do you people insist on assuming the worst?

    • nategearhart - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      You mean like Alan Trammell?

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/trammal01.shtml

      Quit trolling.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      The guy’s retiring. Show him some respect for achieving something you couldn’t.

    • deathmonkey41 - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Wow- are you guys like his grandparents or something? Take your panties out of a bunch and take a deep breath. I said, “Good Luck, Carlos.”

      • cur68 - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        But only after insinuating he took PEDs. “Good Luck” doesn’t make baseless accusations go away.

        Looking at Guillen’s career, in 2004, 2005 he’d have been in his age 28 and 29 seasons. Exactly when its predicted that ballplayers peak. Nothing about that suggests ‘roids.

      • hasbeen5 - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        How would you like it if someone at work accused you of embezzling because you bought a new car?

      • deathmonkey41 - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        Well, if I pulled up in a Rolls Royce, I’d fully expect them too. Seriously guys- do I need to buy Kleenex? And I didn’t insinuate anything- I said that sequence of events sounded familiar- if your minds went to steroids, then maybe deep down, you were thinking the same thing.

      • nategearhart - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        “A sequence of events caused by some sort of external stimuli…”
        And we weren’t supposed to think of steroids when you said that? Don’t be coy; you knew exactly what you were doing, and now you’re back-pedaling. You’re not only a troll, you’re a coward.

      • deathmonkey41 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        How am I backpedaling exactly? I said I never mentioned steroids- and I didn’t. If I didn’t include the second sentence, your mind still would have went to steroids.

      • nategearhart - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:59 PM

        Again, you’re being coy. You knew what you were saying then, and you know it now. I’m sure you were joking, and that’s fine, it just wasn’t funny. But at least own up to it because you’re not fooling anybody.

  2. tigers182 - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Yes, because we all know a player in his mid-to-late 30’s blowing out his knee is a symptom of steroid use…

  3. dwrek5 - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Dang, was hoping to see him give it one last shot. Loved watching him, Mags, and VMart playing for Venezuela during the Baseball Classic.

  4. dracko19 - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    always a tiger. godspeed carlos

  5. stratomaticfan - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    “Three time All-Star”….he was a mediocre player. If it wasn’t for the fact that every team needed to be represented and that the All Star team has like 40 guys on the roster, he never would have sniffed it.

    • dwrek5 - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      Your statement is incorrect.

      04 had Pudge starting and 06 had Pudge, Polanco, and Mags starting. So he wasn’t the obligatory Detroit selection.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/guillca01.shtml

  6. mydadyourmom - Mar 7, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    Roids. I was thinking it too. Who knows but be honest, you thought about it.

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