Bret Boone Announces Retirement

March 1, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- Bret Boone, who spent 15 years in the major leagues and played at USC from 1988-90, announced his retirement today from baseball. Boone, 37, was in camp with the New York Mets as a non-roster invitee after batting .221 in 88 games last season for the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins.

During his major league career, Boone batted .266 with Seattle, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Atlanta and San Diego. He was a four-time Gold Glove Award winner and a two-time Silver Slugger recipient in a career where he compiled 1,775 hits, 252 home runs and 1,021 RBI in 1,780 career games.

He was one of five former Trojans, along with his brother, Aaron, Geoff Jenkins, Mark Prior and Barry Zito, who played in the 2003 All-Star Game.

Boone batted .304 with the Trojans with 29 home runs and 160 RBI. He batted .313 with a career-high 12 home runs and 50 RBI in his 1990 junior season before being drafted in the fifth round by the Mariners.