Carlos Guillen Retires

Infielder Carlos Guillen announced his retirement today, according to the Mariners on Twitter.  He'd returned to his old team this offseason on a minor league deal.


Guillen, 36, has spent an increasing amount of time on the disabled list in the last four seasons.  In a 14-year career for the Mariners and Tigers, he hit .285/.355/.443 with 124 home runs in 1,305 games.  He was a three-time All-Star with the Tigers, garnering MVP votes in '04 and '06.  The Venezuelan spent the bulk of his career at shortstop, but also logged innings at the other infield positions and left field.  Baseball-Reference indicates he earned about $69MM in his career, which included a four-year, $48MM contract with Detroit.  Guillen came up through the Astros' farm system, but was traded with Freddy Garcia and (eventually) John Halama to the Mariners for Randy Johnson at the July 1998 deadline.

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  1. verlander 3 years ago

    Aw. Bye, Carlos. Thanks for everything, but especially clowning on Weaver.

    • That shows what a great career Carlos Guillen had, that he’ll be remembered for “clowning on Weaver”. Good stuff.

      • Yes, that’s all – not the three all-star game appearances, the two seasons with MVP votes, or showing up huge in the playoffs (.978 OPS over 69 PAs in three years worth of playoffs).  Excellent player, just couldn’t stay healthy.  Weaver = Kevin Garnett…fake tough guy.

        • You wouldn’t know anything about fake tough guys, would you, Anonymous Internet Commenter?

      • verlander 3 years ago

        It was an amusing moment. He had a good career that was derailed by injury. Way not to pick up on sarcasm.

    • remember when Weaver said guillen wouldn’t be playing in the majors this season?

  2. gradylittle 3 years ago

    Had a solid big league career. Always liked him. So long.

  3. Lastings 3 years ago

    Thank goodness, this guy killed me in MLB: The Show…

    • FS54 3 years ago

      I doubt he killed you worst than what Anderson Hernandez did to my pitching.

      • JacksTigers 3 years ago

        Anderson Hernandez? No, it was Brandon Webb for me. Not 2007 Webb, but 2011 Webb.


        • gradylittle 3 years ago

          Not as bad as 2010 with Ben Sheets, impossible to get his past the 4th with him.

          • Lastings 3 years ago

             I love how this tangent is going on with the ’12 version of the game being released today. Coincidence?

          • JacksTigers 3 years ago

            I’ve waiting for it to come in the male. Come one UPS, let’s go.

          • Lastings 3 years ago

             I hope to pick it up soon. I need some big league action it’s been awhile. I’m not in it this year, so looks like I will have to create me. Perhaps the “Road to the Show” will be a lot kinder to me, than reality…

          • Tko11 3 years ago

            You are in it actually but a free agent. 

          • jwsox 3 years ago

            Really? Read your first sentence. There is a very dirty joke in there. Mail!!!

          • JacksTigers 3 years ago

            The anticipation has my mind all mixed down. That’s the analogy, right?

          • gradylittle 3 years ago

            Maybe. Though, these tangents happen every now and then on this board.

    • JR_Tolls1 3 years ago

      He was waiting till he was released so he could have the last laugh. 

  4. At one time he was my favorite Tiger. In the lean years atleast. Will always remember last year showing up that A-clown Jered Weaver. Hated his brother and have no problem hating on him. Now come back, down the line, to the Tigers and be a great coach.

  5. jphenix2002 3 years ago

    Thanks for the memories Carlos and good luck! It’s too bad he and Magglio were hurt a lot after ’08; that lineup could’ve been a force!

    I’m also disappointed we won’t get to see him face weaver again. Oh well

    •  Probably not as disappointed as Weaver. 

      • jwsox 3 years ago

        My thoughts exactly. He probably retired so he doesn’t get hit by weaver. And to tease weaver too

  6. jb226 3 years ago

    Had quite a career.  I hope he enjoys his retirement.  I’m sure somebody will offer him a coaching job if he’s interested in that.

    Any word as to why he retired?  Did he just decide he didn’t want to go through another season?  Did somebody tell him he was unlikely to make the team?  Did he get injured again?  Report to camp and realize his heart wasn’t in it anymore?  Just seems odd to sign a contract and then go “nah, nevermind” a couple weeks into Spring Training.

  7. Stuartsmith1988 3 years ago

    I was happy to see this cus I didn’t want him taking away time from our young guys

    Then I saw that he had accumulated MVP votes. I don’t think I ever really respected him as much as I should of

  8.  hes retiring because he’s scared of the big bad angels

    • Andrew Steven 3 years ago

      Nope. He said his “body was telling him something”. So he called it quits.

      • verlander 3 years ago

        Apparently his body was telling him to be very afraid of the “big bad angels”

  9. pmc765 3 years ago

    So will Weaver throw at any Tigers when he next faces them? No Magglio, no Carlos. It’s a good thing that was the last Tigers-Angels game in 2011: it might have been quite a spectacle if they’d played again the next day.

    • RationalSportsFan 3 years ago

      Still gonna get fireworks when JV pitches against them, thanks to Erick Aybar’s 8th inning bunt in the same game.

      • SoCalAngelsFan75 3 years ago

        That’s gonna be some showdown with both Pujols and Prince on the field that day.

        • JacksTigers 3 years ago

          You have to love how as this rivalry shows signs of growing, they both get the two best players on the market.

        • stl_cards16 3 years ago

          I know, I can’t wait, it’s not like it’s happened 15+ times a year for the last 6 years…………

          • SoCalAngelsFan75 3 years ago

            I know they’ve met plenty of times before.  I meant that there’s already going to be tension between the teams and now you’re adding those two to the equation and things have the potential to get hairy.  Nevermind, you missed the point.  Go back to being bitter over Albert leaving.

          • stl_cards16 3 years ago

            Not bitter at all. It’s a game. He played his best 11 years in St Louis now he’s going to go decline in Anaheim. I wish him the best and I’ll be there to cheer him when he goes into the HOF.

          • stl_cards16 3 years ago

            Not bitter at all. It’s a game. He played his best 11 years in St Louis now he’s going to go decline in Anaheim. I wish him the best and I’ll be there to cheer him when he goes into the HOF.

      • pmc765 3 years ago

        Yes…Verlander pointed at him from the dugout. Verlander and Weaver are both No. 1 starters for their teams, so better than random chance they’ll match up again.

      • jwsox 3 years ago

        I’m sorry but what was wrong with the bunt? I don’t get it. It’s a jitters job to get on base anyway he can. No
        Player should ever just lay down and let their team be no hit. It would have been worse if he simply went up there hacking. Im not a tigers fan. I like verlander but I simply do not get it at all Erik did his job correctly.

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      If both Weaver and Verlander start there first game back from the All-Star Break, they will face each other again on July 18.

      • pmc765 3 years ago

        Both are likely to be on the team and to pitch in the game. Even so, they could face each other the next day, July 19.

  10. lefty58 3 years ago

    Kenny Williams will give him 3 years 15 mil, just watch.

  11. lefty58 3 years ago

    Kenny Williams will give him 3 years 15 mil, just watch.

  12. mmwatkin 3 years ago

    Yep, he is afraid of the Angels. That is why he signed the Minor League deal with Seattle to begin with. 


  13. mmwatkin 3 years ago

    Yep, he is afraid of the Angels. That is why he signed the Minor League deal with Seattle to begin with. 


  14. Steve 3 years ago

    MLB is getting short on clubhouse cancers. Milton Bradley, now gullien. Here’s hoping zambrano can keep the position alive.

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      He was a leader in the clubhouse. You gotta love when people that know absolutely nothing about a guy open there mouths. Bravo, sir.

    • RestoreTheRoar 3 years ago

      What the heck are you talking about… He was loved by his teammates in Detroit.

    • InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

      Uhhh what??

    • He went to the All Star game as players selection.
      MVP for the Tigers in 2006
      The most undervalued player in MLB in 2006.

    • verlander 3 years ago

      CARLOS GUILLEN, not Jose Guillen. 

  15. Andrew Wurth 3 years ago

    For a few years this guy was one of the best SS in the league. Here’s to a great career, Carlos.

  16. Guillen wasn’t my favorite Mariner but I’ll always remember his bunt in the playoffs which scored the game winning run.  I believe it was against the White Sox.

  17. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    Weaver didn’t retire, sign with the M’s, nor will he be playing his own team. What are you talking about? I will agree that anyone who throws at a persons head is a coward and has no manners, though.

    And before you respond, please tell me how Guillen standing up for his teamate could physically do harm to anyone. I’m just curious.

  18. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    you probably didn’t see that incident and the build up that lead to it, did you?

  19. Please stop. You’ve gassed on about this for months now. It’s done.

  20. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    Don’t tell me. Tell him.

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