Former Mariners CF Mike Cameron retires after 17 seasons

Former Mariners CF Mike Cameron retires after 17 seasons

Credit: Getty Images / DAN LEVINE

SEATTLE, UNITED STATES: Center fielder Mike Cameron (R) of the Seattle Mariners leaps in vain for the solo home run by Tino Martinez of the New York Yankees 13 October, 2000, during game three of the American League Championship Series at Safeco Field in Seattle. The best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1.

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by Associated Press & KING 5 SPORTS

NWCN.com

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM

VIERA, Fla. -- Mike Cameron has told The Washington Nationals he is retiring after a 17-season career in which the center fielder won three Gold Gloves.

The 39-year-old outfielder signed a minor league contract with Washington in December and was expected to have a good shot to make the roster with the Nationals unsettled at center field.

The Nationals made the announcement Sunday, six days before position players were to report to spring training.

The 2001 All-Star played for eight franchises, hitting .249 with 278 homers and 968 RBIs. Last year Cameron hit .203 in 78 games for Boston and Florida.

Jayson Werth could start the season in center field, making room for 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper in right field if he makes the team.

With Cameron's retirement, Roger Bernadina and Rick Ankiel will likely be the top center field options beyond Werth and could platoon there if Harper starts the season in the minors.

Cameron spent four seasons with the Mariners. His best season came in 2001 when he hit .267, 25 home runs, and 110 runs batted in. He was also an All-Star and Gold Glove centerfielder that season.

In 2002, Cameron hit four home runs in one game. He became the 15th player to accomplish the feat.

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