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In 1992 Boone became the first-ever third-generation big-leaguer in baseball history. As a member of an All-Star family, he is the son of Bob, an outstanding catcher for the Phillies, Angels and Royals (1972-90) and later a manager with Royals and Reds; his brother, Aaron, is a third baseman who has played with Reds and Yankees (1997-2003), and his grandfather, Ray, was a fine infielder for the Indians, Tigers, White Sox, Athletics, Braves and Red Sox (1948-60).
Boone is one of the best second basemen in the game on both offense and defense. He started his career with Seattle in 1992 and was traded to the Reds at the end of 1993. After five seasons in Cincinnati, he played with the Braves (1999) and Padres (2000), returning as a free agent to Seattle in 2001.
A good opposite-field hitter, Boone is strong enough to clear the fences at right-center. He is an above-average runner with good instincts and can steal the occasional base. A winner of four Gold Gloves, Boone has a strong and accurate arm which characterizes his fielding.
Boone enjoyed his best season in 2001, leading the league in runs batted in (141) with career highs in batting average (.331), home runs (37), triples (5), runs (118) and hits (206), coping the loss of departed Alex Rodriguez and teaming up with rookie Ichiro Suzuki to lead the Mariners to the AL West championship.
Bret Boone is a career .268 hitter with 245 home runs and 984 RBI in 1692 games.
- 3-time All-Star (1998, 2001, 2003)
- 4-time Gold Glove award (1998, 2002-04)
- Twice Top 10 MVP award (3rd, 2001; 10th, 2003)
- Led league in RBI (2001)
- Hit 3 home runs in a game (June 4, 2001)
- Tied a AL Championship record with five RBI in a game (October 22, 2001)
- Aaron Boone
- Bob Boone
- Ray Boone
- AL Gold Glove Winners at Second Base
- NL Gold Glove Winners at Second Base
- Top 500 home run hitters of all time
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