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Bret Boone
Bret Boone
Second base
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB Debut
August 19, 1992 for the Seattle Mariners
Final game
July 31, 2005 for the Minnesota Twins
Career Statistics
Batting average     .266
Home runs     252
RBI     1,021
Career Highlights and Awards
  • 3-time All-Star (1998, 2001, 2003)
  • 4-time Gold Glove award winner (1998, 2002-04)
  • Twice in top 10 of MVP voting (3rd, 2001; 10th, 2003)
  • Led league in RBI (2001)
  • Hit 3 home runs in a game (June 4, 2001)
  • Tied an ALCS record with five RBI in a game (October 22, 2001)

Bret Robert Boone (born April 6 1969) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who most recently played with the Minnesota Twins before being released on August 1, 2005 after only 20 days with the franchise.

Boone was born in El Cajon, California to Susan G. Roel and Robert Raymond “Bob” Boone.[1] He is a graduate of El Dorado High School and the University of Southern California.

Professional career

In 1992 Boone became the first-ever third-generation big-leaguer in baseball history. As a member of an All-Star family, he is the son of Bob, a catcher for the Phillies, Angels and Royals (1972-90) and later a manager with the Royals and Reds; his brother Aaron is a third baseman who has played with Reds, Yankees, Indians, and Marlins. and his grandfather Ray was an infielder for the Indians, Tigers, White Sox, Athletics, Braves and Red Sox (1948-60).

Boone enjoyed his best season in 2001, leading the league in runs batted in (141) with career highs in batting average (.331), home runs (37), triples (5), runs (118) and hits (206), earning him a Silver Slugger award. He also finished third in the AL MVP voting; started in the All Star Game in Seattle; and provided outstanding defense, though he did not win the Gold Glove award. His Mariners- the best team in their history that year- paced the league with a record 116 wins, earning the AL West championship and advancing to the ALCS.

He was designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners on July 3, 2005 and later traded on July 11 to Minnesota for cash and a player to be named later. Minnesota released Boone on August 1 after only 14 games, where the second baseman struggled with a .221 batting average, with 7 home runs and 37 RBIs in 88 games for the Mariners and Twins.

On January 4, 2006 Boone signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets. He received an invitation to spring training, but on March 1, 2006, only a few days into spring training, he announced his retirement from baseball, citing a lack of passion for the game. [1]

He finished his career with a .266 batting average, 252 home runs and 1,021 RBIs in 1,780 games in 14 Major League seasons.

Boone was also a guest announcer for Fox during the 2003 ALCS when his brother, Aaron hit a walk off home run to send the Yankees to the World Series.

Jose Canseco mentioned in his book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big that Bret Boone hinted to him that he started using steroids. At the time Jose Canseco was standing on second base in a spring training game and asked Bret Boone, who was playing second base at the time how he had gotten so big and Boone replied, Shhh.

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Preceded by:
Edgar Martinez
American League RBI Champion
Succeeded by:
Alex Rodriguez