SEATTLE MARINERS

Groz Remembers 2001 Mariners: Carlos Guillén takes over at SS after ARod leaves

Sep 23, 2021, 11:30 AM

Mariners Carlos Guillén Alex Rodriguez...

Carlos Guillén of the Seattle Mariners talks with Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers on Sept. 26, 2001. (Getty - Ronald Martinez/ALLSPORT)

(Getty - Ronald Martinez/ALLSPORT)

2001: A Baseball Odyssey – a weekly look back at the record-setting 2001 Mariners and the players who made them who they were.

After the team’s emotional clinching of the division on Sept. 18, the Mariners went into a funk, losing four of their next six games. They came out of it, though, thanks in no small part to the man who replaced Alex Rodriguez.

Jerry Dipoto Show: Flexen’s importance to M’s, Seager’s option

The Mariners had incredibly good fortune in replacing the three superstars from the late 1990s that had they lost. First, Randy Johnson’s departure was eased by the success of young Freddy Garcia, who was acquired in the deal that sent Johnson to Houston. Ken Griffey Jr. was missed, but not so much thanks to Mike Cameron. And although people tend to think Alex Rodriguez was replaced by Ichiro (and as a star he was), his replacement in the field also came from the Johnson deal, and that was Carlos Guillén.

Guillén got some at-bats at third base and second base during the first few years after he joined the Mariners, and he had a terrific moment in the 2000 playoffs, delivering a walk-off, series-winning drag bunt single against the White Sox.

In 2001, the 25-year-old Guillén got his chance to be a regular, replacing Rodriguez after the 1999 American League MVP left in free agency for the Rangers.

The Mariners’ bats were back in business in a 13-2 win Sept. 25 in Texas, and Guillen had himself a day, going 3 for 5 with a homer and a triple as the M’s kept the quest for 116 wins alive (click here for the box score). Guillén had a solid season in ’01 and several more until the Mariners made an unwise trade with Detroit, where Guillén made three All-Star teams.

There was always something special to him about his time with the Mariners, though, and after leaving the Tigers as a free agent, he signed a minor league deal with Seattle in February 2012. He was hoping for one last year with the team, but after a month he called it quits on a fine 14-year career.

More 2001 Mariners memories from Groz

Seattle’s special moment after baseball’s post-9/11 return
On Sept. 10, M’s were still doing what they did best
Hometown hero John Olerud’s big year
Solid and steady David Bell
• Mike Cameron pulls off the impossible
• Kazuhiro Sasaki, Mariners’ man of mystery
• The infamous Cleveland comeback
• When Ichiro became Ichiro
• The curious case of Al Martin
• Freddy García replaces the ace he was traded for
• Kaz Sasaki and Seattle’s incredible bullpen
• Seattle hosts an All-Star Game for the ages
• The bounceback year of M’s Hall of Famer Dan Wilson
• Mark McLemore, the all-important 10th man
• Edgar Martinez cements his legacy with his last great season
• Aaron Sele, the pitcher who ‘fell from the sky’
• Bret Boone gave Seattle a huge, surprising boost
• Paul Abbott, the forgotten hero of the historic ’01 M’s
• Introduction: Celebrating the 2001 Mariners, 20 years later

Mariners Roof Report

Brought to you by
Slight Chance Showers And Thunderstorms then Chance Showers And Thunderstorms
High 62° | Low 48°
Roof is open
Rangers at Mariners today at 1:10pm

Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners beat Texas Rangers...

Tim Booth

Mariners hold on for 7-5 victory over Rangers, clinch pivotal series

Julio Rodríguez hit a two run home run, Josh Rojas drove in three and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 7-5.

10 hours ago

Seattle Mariners prospect Jonny Farmelo...

Zac Hereth

Top Mariners prospect out for season with torn ACL

Seattle Mariners general manager Justin Hollander announces touted outfield prospect Jonny Farmelo is out for the season with a torn ACL.

12 hours ago

Seattle Mariners CF Julio Rodriguez...

Zac Hereth

Watch: Julio blasts two-run shot against Rangers

Seattle Mariners CF Julio Rodríguez clubs his seventh home run of the season to give his team a 3-0 lead over the Texas Rangers.

12 hours ago

Seattle Mariners division rival's catcher...

Zac Hereth

Key Ranger hits paternity list during series with Mariners

The Texas Rangers put switch-hitting catcher Jonah Heim on the paternity list during their series with the Seattle Mariners.

15 hours ago

Seattle Mariners Cal Raleigh Pete Woodworth...

Brent Stecker

Former Mariners pitcher highlights two unsung heroes of pitching staff

Former Seattle Mariners pitcher Casey Sadler shared some interesting insight on catcher Cal Raleigh and pitching coach Pete Woodworth with Brock and Salk.

21 hours ago

Seattle Mariners reliever Ryne Stanek...

Shane Lantz

Mariners open key series with 3-2 victory over Rangers

Luis Castillo pitches six strong innings and Mitch Garver blasts a two-run home run in a 3-2 victory for the Seattle Mariners.

1 day ago

Groz Remembers 2001 Mariners: Carlos Guillén takes over at SS after ARod leaves