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Carlos Guillen retires

Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:28 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Former All-Star Carlos Guillen will retire, the Mariners announced on Twitter.

Guillen, 36, signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners in February after eight seasons in Detroit. He started his career in Seattle, but had his best years in Detroit. Guillen made three All-Star teams and finished 10th in MVP voting in 2006.

The infielder finishes his career with a .285/.355/.443 line in parts of 14 seasons in the big leagues, wracking up 1,331 hits.

Guillen hit just 124 homers in the big leagues, but it's his 123rd homer that may have been the most memorable. He hit a homer off of Angels starter Jered Weaver last July 31 and his celebration prompted Weaver to throw at the head of Alex Avila.

Watch the next-to-last homer of Guillen's career (and its aftermath) here:

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Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:36 pm

Carlos Guillen retires

Carlos Guillen = class act
Jered Weaver = D Bag

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:33 pm

Carlos Guillen retires

Way to cover the complete story Trent. Guillen was sticking up for Ordonez when Weaver went off on him during an earlier at bat. How is it that most of the commenters know this and the guy 'writing' the actuall story fails to mention it?

Angels fan??

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:25 pm

Carlos Guillen retires

What Guillen did was a payback for Weaver being a dickhead to Ordonez earlier in the game.

Weaver is a punk and deserved everything he got. 

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:25 pm

Carlos Guillen retires

Yeah, Weaver is a lot like his older brother. Mr. Mouth started shooting off at Milk and Cookies Mike Sweeney. Mike's one of the softest spoken easy-going-est God-loving guys to ever play the game. Weaver thought he could show his ass to Sweeney and Sweeney charged the mound and kicked it for him. Funniest thing since Robin Ventura charged Nolan Ryan.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:47 pm

Carlos Guillen retires

I do not understand why pitchers get so uptight about the hitter's reactions.  Unlike the pitcher, which gets to do their own enthusiatic moment right after the out/inning, hitters are only at that plate for a very short period of time.

Pitchers need to stop being so pretenrious about the batters's human emotions after successfull plate appearance, the batsmen are humans to.  Pitchers gloat all the damn time, a batter does it and suddenly the wrath of a God is all that they suddenly get from these pretentious pitcher people.  Pitchers need to grow up a bit, instead of being so easily offended.

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:33 pm

Carlos Guillen retires

Yeah -- what the story fails to mention is what Weaver did to Magglio Ordonez earlier in the game.  Ordonez is one of the classiest players to play the game and I have NEVER watched him show up a pitcher.  He hit a ball down the line and all he did was watch if it stayed fair, not once looking at Weaver.  Weaver started cussing at him after it stayed fair and then stared down and made comments to every hitter he got out after that, including getting into a verbal spar with Cabrera after a groundout.

All Guillen did was throw it back in the face of Weaver and give him a taste of his own medicine.  I love how tough Weaver is though -- he waits till he gets all the way back to his dugout and is being pushed back by teammates and THEN starts running his mouth.  LMAO.

In the end -- I respect Weaver and he is a great pitcher and a guy who took less money to stay with the Angels, but he needs to grow up a bit on the mound. 

Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:30 pm

Carlos Guillen retires

I was watching that game when it happened. That baby Weaver deserved it.

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:28 pm

Carlos Guillen retires

Carlos Guillen was a class act in Detroit and we still haven't been able to find a suitable replacement for him at second base.  Happy trails and best of luck in your retirement. 

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:00 pm

Carlos Guillen retires

What they fail to mention about that HR is earlier in the game Weaver got upset because he thought Magglio Ordonez was watching a ball go out when in fact Mags was just making sure the ball was fair and not foul, and Weaver got pissed for no reason.  So, Guillen was just letting Weaver know what showing up a pitcher really looked like.  Guillen was a very good hitter.  His problem was being too weak to play through the injuries.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:59 pm

Carlos Guillen retires

Guillen just couldn't stay healthy. Weaver is a puss, this all happened because in the same game Verlander was showing him who the best pitcher in baseball was.

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