Former Detroit Tigers infielder Carlos Guillen announced his retirement on Tuesday, according to the Seattle Mariners. The announcement marks the end of an illustrious 14-year career with Seattle and Detroit.
"It's hard. It's a tough decision. I tried to come back, but I couldn't," Guillen said of his decision.
Guillen started his major league career in Seattle, where he spent the first six years of his career. He was traded to the Tigers in 2004, where he grew into the player fans will remember him as.
Guillen made the All-Start team three times with the Tigers, in 2004, 2007 and 2008. During his stint with Detroit, Guillen had a .297 batting average and an .824 OPS. He also hit 95 home runs and had 449 RBI with the Tigers. His presence in Detroit helped turn around a struggling team.
Signed by the Houston Astros as an amateur free agent in 1992, Guillen was traded to Seattle as part of the Randy Johnson trade in 1998.