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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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Comments

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:31 am
 

Carlos Guillen retires

Baseball players now a days are a bunch of pansies.  Ty Cobb would sharpen his spikes and slide at your knees or ankles.  Pitches back in the 30s, 40s, and 50s would throw at players that did well against them to try and get inside their head and throw them off their game.  And they didnt have helmets back them.  You didnt hear guys complain. 



If Cobb were around today, he'd be on the same list as Milton Bradley -- an unwanted racist jerk.

But ya know, life was better back in the 1890s ... when real kids under age 7 went to work in the factory at 6 in the morning and stayed their till 8 at night. Didn't even wear helmets.

Kids today are such pansies.


I think you've been watching too many Robert Duvall movies. 




Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:22 am
 

Carlos Guillen retires

All he did was send a message, one that wasn't going to hurt Avila but let the Tigers know there would be no more showboating.
Two things:

1) The only message Weaver sent is what a gigantic wuss he is. That man child cries more often than a hungry infant. That whole family is a bunch of crybabies.
2) Weaver had been jacking his jaws the whole game. If there was any showboating he started it.

Send that ump back to the minor leagues. Even if it's now five years later.
Psssssst ... it happened last July.




Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:34 am
 

Carlos Guillen retires

macgeo said:
"Dang, is that all it takes to get one of the premier pitchers in the league to fall apart? I'm thinking playas used to be tougher than that.  In fact, I know most of them were, as they had to deal with RACIST BS from all sides, on the field and off. "

Back in the day, Guillen probably wouldn't have homered to begin with, because many of the pitchers would have brushed him back BEFORE he had a chance to do any damage.  Ask Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale, for starters.




Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:17 am
 

Carlos Guillen retires

Dang, is that all it takes to get one of the premier pitchers in the league to fall apart? I'm thinking playas used to be tougher than that.  In fact, I know most of them were, as they had to deal with RACIST BS from all sides, on the field and off.

I'm reminded of Field of Dreams, when kid Doc digs in and gives the pitcher 'a wink'.

Two words Mr. Weaver.... Anger Management.    Dig it.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:58 am
 

Carlos Guillen retires

earlier in the game, ordonez hit a homerun but he wasnt sure if it was gonna go fair or foul....weaver thought he took too much time rounding the bases, so that lit the fuse...and later, guillen didnt like how he complained about his countrymen, ordonez 1 upped weaver with a homerun, i thought that was great.... weaver deserved it... hes a hot-head, just like his brother jeff....going after avillas head? what a derelic!!!! glad he got tossed



Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:52 pm
 

Carlos Guillen retires

BS, even seeing it this much later, I hate when umps steal the game. Weaver, I believe, had a right to express his displeasure with the Tigers. Did he throw at Avila? Sort of. Though I also believe if he wanted to hit Alex he would have drilled him in the middle of the back ala Don Drysdale. All he did was send a message, one that wasn't going to hurt Avila but let the Tigers know there would be no more showboating.

Send that ump back to the minor leagues. Even if it's now five years later.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:20 pm
 

Carlos Guillen retires

So long Cralos Guillen, nice try at living on someone`s DL for another year. You always knew you would get a quality at bat out of him?
Well I`d say an injury & 1/2 season at best. He lost the ability to play the middle IF and 1B wasn`t gonna work, OF...no, so DH or DL.
Who knows if the Tigers love ya thi smuch they may call ya back after big Miggy fails at 3B.



Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:57 pm
 

Carlos Guillen retires

Guillen once hit a three-run walkoff homer in the bottom ofthe 11th inning @ CoPa, at PRECISELY 3:30 am EST vs the Yankees in a 3-3 tie with two outs, runners SeanCasey on third, and Magglio Ordonez on first, with a 1-2 count in the pouring rain on August 26th of '07, the game had been delayed for several hours due to storms, and didn't start until ~11:20 pm, it lasted for over 4 hours. If that wasn't amazing, then I really don't know what is.



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:31 pm
 

Carlos Guillen retires

Baseball players now a days are a bunch of pansies. 
Let a MLB pitcher brush you off the plate as you stand in the batters box or plunk you -- you would cry cry cry for days. 
Pansies?  Nope!


Ty Cobb would sharpen his spikes and slide at your knees or ankles.  Pitches back in the 30s, 40s, and 50s would throw at players that did well against them to try and get inside their head and throw them off their game.  And they didnt have helmets back them.  You didnt hear guys complain.
What does this even prove?  It's 2012 -- live in the now!!!



Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:07 pm
 

Carlos Guillen retires

Guillen was a good player, but please stop calling him amazing. He wasn't even close to being a great player. Great guy and great teammate.. Yes.


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