Bret Robert Boone ... resides in Orlando, Fla., with wife Suzi, daughter Savannah (4/3/96) and son Jacob (3/23/99) ... led his San Pedro, Calif., team to the 1987 Connie Mack World Series title ... graduated from El Dorado High School in Placentia, Calif., where he was a teammate of Major Leaguer Phil Nevin for one year ... was a four-time all-league selection and also earned All-Orange County and All-CIF honors ... drafted by Minnesota in the 28th round of the 1987 June draft, but did not sign ... attended the University of Southern California ... was a preseason All-American as a sophomore and junior in 1989 and 1990 ... holds school records in runs (166), doubles (51), triples (12) and RBIs (160); did not miss a game in three seasons ... played with Team USA in the summer of 1989 ... is a member of the first three-generation family in MLB history: his grandfather Ray was an All-Star infielder during a 13-year MLB career (1948-60) with the Indians, Tigers, White Sox, Athletics, Braves and Red Sox; his father, Bob, the current manager of the Cincinnati Reds, caught more games than any catcher in MLB history (a mark later broken by Carlton Fisk) during his 19-year career (1972-90) with the Phillies, Angels and Royals; his brother Aaron currently plays for the Reds, while his younger brother Matthew is an infielder in the Tigers organization, selected in the third round in 1997 ... became the first third-generation All-Star in history when he was added to the NL roster to replace injured Sammy Sosa for the 1998 Midsummer Classic in Denver: grandfather Ray was an All-Star in 1954 and 1956; father Bob was an All-Star in 1976, 1978, 1979 and 1983.
Won AL Gold Glove for second basemen the 4th of
Hit a team-leading 24 home runs and now ranks 6th
all-time for home runs by a second basemen with
Got off to a slow start, batting just .223 over first three
months of the season (59x264), including hitting just
.195 (15x77) in May; rebounded to hit .313 in July
(35x112) and .274 (90x329) over final three months.
Missed five games May 12-16 with a strained left hip
Hit a game-ending grand slam in 11th inning July 19
vs. Boston; his 5th career grand slam and 7th gameending
grand slam in club history...6 RBI was one
shy of career-high.
Homered in 3 of 4 games July 19-22 and had RBI in 5 of 6 games July 19-24 (11 RBI).
Had career-high 16-game hit streak July 26-Aug. 12, batting .324 (22x68).
Hit two home runs Aug. 17 at Kansas City, his 20th career multi-homer game; 18th twohomer
Made two errors on Sept. 16 vs. Anaheim, his first two-error game since Sept. 18, 1999
and just 4th career.
Hit safely in 11 of 12 games Sept. 16-29 (15x49/.306), including seven straight Sept. 16-
Ranked among AL leaders with 117 RBI (4th), 35 HR (8th), 111 runs (T7th) and 333 total bases (9th)
Second among AL second basemen with a .990 fielding percentage (7 E, 701 TC).
Set a career-high with 16 stolen bases.
Became just third ML second baseman since 1900 with three consecutive 100-RBI seasons, joining Bobby Doerr (1948-1950) and Charlie Gehringer (1932-1936).
Became just fourth Mariner ever with two 30-homer seasons.
Reached safely via hit or walk in the first 27 games of the season until going 0x4 May 1 at New York (AL).
Homered April 29 at New York, his first career home run vs. the Yankees, giving him at least one homer vs. all 30 ML teams.
Hit career home run #200 May 29 at Minnesota; was home run #199 as a second baseman.
Hit 200th home run as a second baseman June 1 at Minnesota, becoming ninth player in ML history with 200 home runs as a second baseman.
Homered twice, including game-ending home run, in 4-3 win April 13 vs. Texasb&was second career walk-off home run.
Had second two-homer game of the season May 17 in Detroit, giving him at least one home run in every current AL ballpark.
Career-best 15-game hit streak May 24-June 10, batting .375 (24x64) during the streak.
Hit .327 (34x104) with 7 Hr, 22 RBI in 26 games in May, including an 11-game hit streak May 9-22
Hit a grand slam June 17 vs. Anaheim, his fourth-career grand slam.
Had third two-homer game July 25 vs. Texas in an 11-5 win.
Singled in 3rd inning Aug. 2 vs. Chicago for career hit #1,500.
Hit 30th home run of the season in 10-5 win Aug. 15 vs. Boston.
Did not play Aug. 16 vs. Boston, just his third game missed all season (also May 16 & July 6).
Hit two-run home run (#35) in final game of the season, Sept. 28 vs. Oakland, for career RBI #900 & 901.
Began September going just 7x44 (.159) in first 12 games, before hitting .400 (20x50) in last 13 games to raise his average from .285 to .294, where he finished the season.
Rebounded from slow first half to lead the club offensively in the second half ... hit just .229 (75-for-328) with 12 HR and 53 RBIs in the first half ... batted .336 with 12 homers and 54 RBIs after the All-Star break, including hitting safely in 56 of 71 games ... held hitless in season opener (0-for-4), before posting an eight-game hit streak April 2-10 (12-for-34, .353, 3 HR), including at least one RBI in six straight games April 2-8 (9 RBIs) ... hit .287 (27-for-94) in May, hitting safely in 22 of 26 games, including a 12-game hit streak May 2-16 (17-for-44, .386, 2 HR, 11 RBIs) ... homered twice in the first inning May 2 at Chicago, becoming first Mariner ever to homer twice in an inning, 14th MLB player overall and second MLB player ever to homer twice in the first inning of a game (Von Hayes); went back-to-back with Mike Cameron both times in first inning, becoming first pair of teammates in MLB history to homer twice in the same inning ... hit third career grand slam, first of season, June 2 at Baltimore ... homered in consecutive games June 28-29 vs. Colorado, going 4-for-9 with 2 HR, 4 RBIs and five runs in the two games ... hit safely in 17 of first 18 games following All-Star break (24-for-71, .338), including 12-game hit streak July 17-29 (17-for-44, .386) ... hit .355 (39-for-110) with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in August, hitting safely in 22 of 28 games ... homered in three consecutive games July 31-Aug. 2 and in six of 10 games July 31-Aug. 10 ... matched career high with four hits Aug. 21 at Detroit and again on Aug. 25 at Cleveland ... hit .316 (30-for-95) over final month of the season ... had 10-game hit streak Sept. 15-26 (19-for-43, .442) ... became seventh Mariner ever to post two 100+ RBI seasons ... led AL second basemen with .989 fielding percentage (7 errors, 645 total chances).
Signed as a free agent on Dec. 22, 2000; re-signed on Jan. 16, 2002.
Posted career-highs in virtually all offensive categories ... set the AL record for most home runs (36) and RBIs (141) by a second baseman ... became the first AL second baseman in history to bat .300 or better with 30-plus home runs ... led the AL in RBIs ... was second in the Majors with 65 multihit games ... set the club record for sacrifice flies ... double April 7 in Texas was career hit No. 1000 ... had career-high seven RBIs and tied his career-high with four hits, including two home runs, June 4 vs. Texas ... hit two home runs June 12 at Colorado ... homered twice June 20 at Oakland, his fourth two-homer game of the season ... hit first career pinch-hit home run, a three-run homer, June 21 vs. Oakland (Mike Magnante) ... hit .368 (39-for-106) in June, finishing second in the AL for the month with 10 HR, 28 RBIs and 26 runs scored; was third in hits ... had 13-game hit streak June 23-July 6 (20-for-53, .377), one shy of his career-high ... had 83 RBIs at the All-Star break, the third-highest total in Mariners history ... was voted the starting second baseman for the AL All-Star team (0-for-2) ... became the first AL player with 100 RBIs with his RBI on Aug. 1 at Detroit ... matched season and career high with four hits July 29 vs. Minnesota ... had a 10-game hit streak Sept. 1-18 (16-for-40, .400) ... solo home run Sept. 2 in Baltimore was the only run in Mariners' 1-0 win ... singled in first inning Sept. 30 vs. Oakland for 200th hit, becoming just third Mariner with 200 hits ... had eight-game hit streak Sept. 23-Oct. 3 ... hit safely in 26 of last 30 games, including batting .372 (35-for-94) in September ... led the AL with a .444 average against left-handed pitchers ... finished third in the balloting for the AL MVP Award as voted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Slugging second baseman was third on the Padres with 19 home runs and 74 RBI in 2000 despite having season cut short on Aug. 26 with a right knee contusion...became the first second baseman in ML history to have two three-home run games, when he slugged three homers June 23 at Cincinnati; previously hit 3 homers in a game Sept. 20, 1998 with Cincinnati at Chicago...hit in a season-best 8 straight games April 21-29, going 16x37 (.432) to lift his average to .326 from .259...had just one home run in April, then hit 17 homers from May-July...homered twice, including an inside-the-park-home run May 11 at Cincinnati; brother Aaron also homered in the game for the Reds, marking just the second time in ML history that brothers had homered against each other, twice (also 9/1/99)...hit second career grand slam (off Scott Elarton) and matched his career-high with 6 RBI June 10 vs. Houston...hit 6 homers and had 24 RBI in 15 games June 10-27...drove in 5 runs in one inning with a two-run home run and a three-run double June 26 at Los Angeles...batted .311 (19x61) with 3 doubles, 4 homers and 25 RBI with runners in scoring position and 2 outs.
In 1999, posted personal bests with 608 at-bats, 102 runs scored and 14 stolen bases and matched his career-high with 38 doubles...hit safely in a career-best 14 consecutive games, April 27-May 11, batting .375 (21x56) with 4 doubles, 3 homers, 11 RBI and 12 runs scored...went deep twice in a game May 16 at Chicago and July 4 at New York...did not homer in 43 games between his 2-homer nights...May 25 at Milwaukee, banged 4 hits to match his career best for the 11th time...slugged his 100th career home run, July 30 vs. Philadelphia...stole 2 bases in a game for the first time in his career, August 23 vs. Cincinnati...batted .370 (20x54) with 6 doubles, 5 RBI and 3 stolen bases in 14 playoff and World Series games...went 9x19 (.474) with a double, an RBI and a stolen base in the Division Series vs. Houstonb&hit .182 (4x22) with a double, an RBI and 2 steals in the NLCS vs. the Mets...batted .538 (7x13) with 4 doubles and 3 RBI in the World Series vs. the Yankees.
Playing a career-high 157 games in 1998b&established personal bests with 155 hits, 38 doubles, 24 home runs, 63 extra-base hits and 95 RBIb&named to first career All-Star team and won first Rawlings Gold Gloveb&committed just 9 errors for a .988 fielding percentageb&finished the season .005 behind the Cubsb Mickey Morandini for the fielding lead among ML second basemen, ending his ML record-tying run of 3 consecutive league fielding titles at second base...named NL Player of the Week for August 24-30 after hitting .385 with 4 homers and 13 RBI...made 4 of his 9 errors in 11 games, September 6-18, including his second career 2-error game, September 18 at Chicago (also June 26, 1994 vs. San Diego)...hit his first career grand slam April 12 at Colorado off Pedro Astacio, part of a 4-game set in which he went 10x18 (.556) with 3 doubles, 2 homers and 10 RBI...reached safely in 7 consecutive plate appearances April 10-11 (6 hits, 1 HBP)...posted first career 3-homer game, Sept. 20 at Chicago, driving in a career-best 6 runs...traded to the Braves Nov. 10, 1998...
Tied ML record for second basemen by leading the league in fielding for a 3rd consecutive season in 1997...established a ML record for second basemen (min. 100 games) with .996 fielding percentage (2 errors, 607 total chances)b&his 136 games played were the most ever by a second baseman with 2 or fewer errors...both records had belonged to Bobby Grich of the Angels, who made 2 errors in 606 total chances in 116 games in 1995b&from September 10, 1996 through the end of 1997, Bret made only 2 errors in 704 chances (.997) with errorless streaks of 48, 66 and 38 games...following the season, his glove was sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame...was optioned to triple-A Indianapolis, June 19-21, after batting .205 with 2 homers and 19 RBI in his first 61 games...had the Redsb only hit in a pair of one-hitters by Montrealbs Pedro Martinez on July 13 and by Chicagobs Kevin Tapani on September 16...
Despite leading NL second basemen with a .991 fielding percentage in 1996, was again denied the Rawlings Gold Glove...drove in a then career-best 69 runs in 142 gamesb&tied for 4th in the league with 9 sac flies...opened season on the DL after April 3 surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbowb&recorded 3 games with 4 RBI: June 15 vs. Montreal, July 31 vs. Houston and September 6 (game 2) vs. San Francisco...
Led NL second basemen with a .994 fielding percentage in 1995 (4 errors, 677 total chance), but did not win the Gold Glove Award...ranked 7th in the league with 34 doubles...slammed 2 homers in a game for the first time in his big league career, July 16 at Chicago...took part in both triple plays turned in the NL that season, July 17 at San Diego and September 12 vs. Florida...hit .250 (6x24) with a double, a homer and an RBI in the playoffs against Los Angeles and Atlanta...went 3x10 with a double, a homer, an RBI and 4 runs scored in the 3-game Division Series vs. the Dodgers...went 3x14 in the NLCS vs. Atlantab&earned the annual Reds Good Guy Award following the season from the Cincinnati Chapter of the BBWAA...
1994 was first full year in the Majorsb&tied for 8th in NL with career-best .320 batting average...2nd on club with 35 doubles, and 3rd in home runs (12) and RBI (68)...made a pair of starts at third base on April 16 and April 19...
Split 1993 between triple-A Calgary and Seattle...was recalled by the Mariners on July 30 and started 56 of the final 58 games at second base...despite playing in only 76 big league contests, connected for 12 home runs, then a club single-season record for a second basemanb&posted a .991 fielding percentage, committing only 3 errors in 320 total chances...traded to Cincinnati Nov. 2 , 1993...
Was a Pacific Coast League All-Star, a Topps Triple-A All-Star and team Most Valuable Player at Triple-A Calgary in 1992, prior to an August 19 call-up to Seattleb&in triple-A, ranked 10th in the PCL with a .314 average...illed 13 homers, knocked in 73 runs and stole a career-best 17 bases...led PCL second basemen with 90 double plays and ranked 2nd with a .986 fielding percentage...de his ML debut hours after being called up, August 19 in Baltimore...started at second base and collected his first hit in his first at-bat, an RBI single off Arthur Rhodes...cracked his first big league home run 3 days later at Fenway Park off Bostonbs Mike Gardiner...
Spent his first full pro campaign at Double-A Jacksonville in 1991, where he was a Southern League All-Star and a Topps Double-A All-Star...played in the first Double-A All-Star Game in Huntsville, AL...led the league with 139 games and tied for 3rd in both homers (19) and RBI (75)...led all second basemen with 288 putouts...