SAN DIEGO -- The news came on Monday that veteran Major Leaguer and current Nationals Minor League second baseman Bret Boone retired, which happened several weeks ago. In fact, the Nationals signed infielder Pokey Reese last Saturday because of Boone's retirement.
Boone signed a non-guaranteed Minor League contract with the Nationals on Feb. 18. During his time with Washington, Boone revealed that an alcohol problem was the reason he retired the first time in 2006. According to Boone, the problem went as far back as his peak years with the Mariners.
Boone started the 2008 season with Triple-A Columbus, but he left the team on April 18 after hitting .261 with eight RBIs.
"Had he hung in there, he would have been in the big leagues, but he just wasn't going to do the Minor League thing," said Bret's father, Nationals assistant general manager Bob Boone.
When asked about his son's post baseball career plans, Bob said Bret currently is building a new home and would like to get into the game in some capacity. Bret is thinking about going into broadcasting.
Bret Boone was a career .266 hitter with 252 home runs and 1,021 RBIs in 1,780 games spanning 14 seasons with Seattle, Cincinnati, Atlanta, San Diego and Minnesota. His best season was in 2001, when he had 37 home runs and 141 RBIs with the Mariners.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.