Mike Cameron says he's retiring as Mariner

Mike Cameron says he's retiring as Mariner
Former Seattle Mariners center fielder Mike Cameron, right, hugs Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki after Suzuki caught Cameron's ceremonial first pitch of the Mariners' home opener MLB baseball game against the Oakland Athletics. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
SEATTLE (AP) - On his way to Seattle earlier this week, Mike Cameron decided he wanted to retire as a member of the Mariners.

Cameron made that decision official Friday before throwing out the first pitch at the Mariners' home opener.

It's a largely ceremonial move. Cameron was signed for the 2012 season by Washington, but informed the Nationals shortly before spring training that he planned to retire. The Mariners said they had Cameron sign a one-day employment agreement that had no effect on his playing status.

Cameron says he felt most at home playing in Seattle from 2000-03, of any of his stops. Cameron also played for the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati, the New York Mets, San Diego, Milwaukee, Boston and Florida.