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.

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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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57 Comments on "Carlos Guillen Retires"


verlander
3 years 5 months ago

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

3 years 5 months ago

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.

3 years 5 months ago

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

verlander
3 years 5 months ago

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

3 years 5 months ago

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

gradylittle
3 years 5 months ago

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

Lastings
3 years 5 months ago

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

FS54
3 years 5 months ago

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

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months ago

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

/facepalm

gradylittle
3 years 5 months ago

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

Lastings
3 years 5 months ago

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

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months ago

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

Lastings
3 years 5 months 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
Tko11
3 years 5 months ago

You are in it actually but a free agent. 

jwsox
3 years 5 months ago

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

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months ago

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

gradylittle
3 years 5 months ago

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

JR_Tolls1
3 years 5 months ago

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

3 years 5 months ago

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.

jphenix2002
3 years 5 months 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

3 years 5 months ago

 Probably not as disappointed as Weaver. 

jwsox
3 years 5 months ago

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

jb226
3 years 5 months 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.

omavricko
3 years 5 months 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

3 years 5 months ago

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

Andrew Steven
3 years 5 months ago

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

verlander
3 years 5 months ago

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

pmc765
3 years 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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.

3 years 5 months ago

He went against an non written rule.

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months 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 5 months 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.

lefty58
3 years 5 months ago

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

lefty58
3 years 5 months ago

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

mmwatkin
3 years 5 months ago

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

(sarcasm)

mmwatkin
3 years 5 months ago

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

(sarcasm)

Steve
3 years 5 months ago

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

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

inleylandwetrust
3 years 5 months ago

Uhhh what??

3 years 5 months ago

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 5 months ago

CARLOS GUILLEN, not Jose Guillen. 

Andrew Wurth
3 years 5 months ago

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

3 years 5 months ago

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.

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months 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.

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

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

3 years 5 months ago

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

JacksTigers
3 years 5 months ago

Don’t tell me. Tell him.