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Bret Boone | Second Baseman

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (49) / 4/6/1969
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 192
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: USC

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Bret Boone announced his retirement.
Boone had tried to make a comeback with the Nationals, but got sent to the minor leagues after hitting .189 in 12 spring training games. He accepted an assignment to Triple-A, but left on April 17 to wait for a call from a contender. Ultimately, the 39-year-old decided staying in baseball shape was just too hard. Boone finishes with a .266 average and 252 career home runs, the sixth most for a second baseman. He also won four Gold Gloves. Wed, May 28, 2008 12:34:00 PM

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Nationals reassigned 2B Bret Boone to minor league camp.

Boone will accept the assignment and will start the season at Triple-A Columbus. The 39-year-old hit .189 in 12 games this spring.
Thu, Mar 20, 2008 07:21:00 PM

Bret Boone went hitless in three at-bats on Saturday, leaving him with a .212 average this spring.

Boone has looked fine on defense, but he has a 611 OPS in 33 at-bats. He's not giving the Nationals much reason to carry him.
Sat, Mar 15, 2008 04:29:00 PM

Bret Boone revealed Monday than an alcohol problem contributed to him walking away from the game two years ago.

Boone had gotten to the point where he would drink 12-15 beers after a game. "I don't want to make a big deal about it, but I was at a point where sometimes it was more important to me to go to a hotel bar after a game," he said. "At the end, it takes away your passion and everything inside that makes you tick. I'm not proud of it. I'm proud I took care of the situation before it got to a point where it could have." Boone said he hasn't had a drink in seven months.
Mon, Feb 25, 2008 09:57:00 PM

In better shape than expected, Bret Boone has already been moved from minor league camp to major league camp by the Nationals.

The Nats will get Boone a lot of at-bats early on in the spring to see if he's a realistic option. If he struggles, he'll probably be quickly eliminated from the competition for roster spots.
Sun, Feb 24, 2008 12:38:00 AM

Nationals agreed to terms with second baseman Bret Boone on a minor league contract.

Yes, Bret Boone. He hasn't played in the majors since hitting .170 in a 14-game stint with the Twins in 2005 and will turn 39 years old in April, so needless to say that Boone is an extreme long shot to be in the Nationals' plans. His brother Aaron figures to make the team as a reserve player and his father Bob is the team's assistant general manager. Much like Dmitri Young last year, Boone will not be joining the major league camp initially, instead reporting to the accelerated development camp with minor leaguers.
Mon, Feb 18, 2008 11:25:00 AM

Bret Boone, who called it quits last March, was in the Mariners clubhouse Friday and revealed that he had an offer to play this year and briefly considered it, but decided against it.

"Mentally, I feel much better now. At the time (I retired), I was down on baseball. Now I feel like I could play again," Boone said. "If I felt like this last year, I'd still be playing. But last year, it was time."
Sat, Mar 10, 2007 09:31:00 AM

Saying his inner fire is gone, Bret Boone, who was in Mets camp as a non-roster player, has chosen to retire.

"At the end of the day, physically I think I could still do it," Boone said. "It wasn't as easy as three or four years ago to get out there every day, but to me, I just lost it. I lost the edge." Many believe he lost his edge the day steroid testing began. Boone finishes his career at .266/.325/.442 with 252 homers and 1,021 RBI in 14 seasons. His best year came in 2001, when he hit .331-37-141 in his return to Seattle. He was a three-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glover. Boone's departure leaves Kaz Matsui, Anderson Hernandez and Jeff Keppinger competing for the Mets' second-base job.
Wed, Mar 1, 2006 01:58:00 PM

Bret Boone, who signed a minor league deal with the Mets last month, isn't interested in being a reserve or a utilityman.

That's fine. Given his lack of versatility, the Mets probably won't carry him unless he beats out Kaz Matsui and Anderson Hernandez for a starting job.
Wed, Feb 22, 2006 02:15:00 PM

Mets signed second baseman Bret Boone to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Maybe Boone will be a little better with the bat and his overrated defense will earn him a starting job this spring. It might be better for the Mets if he didn't, even if Kaz Matsui is the alternative. If Boone makes the team, he'll get a one-year, $1 million contract with a chance to earn an additional $500,000.
Wed, Jan 4, 2006 06:16:00 PM

According to WFAN, Bret Boone has signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets.

Kaz Matsui has been difficult to move this offseason, but Boone should be given every chance to compete with him this spring for the starting job. Chris Woodward is also in the mix, with Jeff Keppinger and Anderson Hernandez expected to serve as the double-play combination at Triple-A Norfolk.
Wed, Jan 4, 2006 03:08:00 PM

The Mets, Rangers and Padres are the three teams interested in Bret Boone, according to the New York Daily News.

He's only expected to get a minor league deal. As long as he's not promised anything, there wouldn't be any harm in bringing him in.
Wed, Jan 4, 2006 04:56:00 AM

Free agent Bret Boone is at the GM meetings and met with a couple of teams today.

Boone, who didn't try to catch on with another team after being released by the Twins on Aug. 1, intends to play next season. "I don't care how big, or how small, the contract is," he said. "It's about opportunity. It would be easy to walk away from this game and say 'I have had a very nice career and made a ton of money.' But I couldn't do that and look at myself in the mirror. I have a lot left; I know I do. I know I can play at an All-Star level." In the Atlantic League maybe.
Wed, Nov 9, 2005 06:21:00 PM

Twins released second baseman Bret Boone.

Boone went 9-for-53 in 14 games with the Twins. His track record and the Twins' lack of alternatives would have earned him a longer look under normal circumstances. Boone's decline hardly seems natural, however.
Mon, Aug 1, 2005 06:51:00 PM

Bret Boone was told last night that he is being released by the Twins.

Boone hit just .170 since the trade and seemed to understand. ''I played (crappy),'' he said. ''I haven't played anywhere close to how I've played in the past. I'm as disappointed as anyone with my performance.'' Expect the official word to come down today.
Mon, Aug 1, 2005 12:01:00 PM

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