Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Vladimir Guerrero!!!
Vlad Guerrero has not had a major league at-bat since the end of the 2011 baseball season. And while I have yet to read a report that states he has retired from the game, it is time to think about the legacy that he has left behind and how it rates as compared to his peers.
Guerrero played in the majors for sixteen seasons. He demonstrated all of ‘Baseball’s Five Tools’ during that time and was considered to be an elite player for parts of the mid-2000’s.
Like many others that started their careers in Montreal (Dawson, Carter, Raines, Johnson, Martinez, etc.) attention did not truly come to Guerrero until he joined the Angels, and then the Rangers and finally the Orioles.
Vlad Guerrero was a lifetime .318 hitter. He never won a batting title, but he hit .300 or better in 13 of his 16 big league campaigns, including a personal high of .345 in 2000.
Vlad accumulated 2,590 career hits including 477 doubles, 46 triples, and 449 home runs. He led the league in 2002 with 206 hits – one of his four 200+ hit efforts. Vlad also put together six 30-HR seasons and two 40-HR seasons as well.
He drove in 1,496 runs during his playing days while scoring 1,328 runs. He also stole 180 bases during his major league career, tallying a career-high of 40 steals in 2002.
Vlad Guerrero was an All-Star nine times. He won eight Silver Slugger Awards. And he was the American League’s MVP in 2000. He also has four other ‘Top Six’ finishes for the MVP Award to his credit.
Guerrero played in just one World Series, in 2010 with the Rangers, but they did not win the title. In his sixteen major league seasons, he made it to the playoffs six times.
So, is Vladimir Guerrero worthy of your Hall of Fame vote? Based on what you know that he did on the field, does he stack up with the best players of his era?
I tell you what – He gets my vote!!!
His numbers are much more impressive than what I thought that they were. Ultimately, like many others that started in Montreal, I think that hurts him a bit. But I do think that he did well enough with the Angels to make people take notice. His all-around play was superb, and he offered an unreal mix of both contact and power that put him into an elite class. And while Guerrero did not win any Gold Gloves, he did have a cannon of an arm – and many people mention his name when recalling the strongest outfield arms in recent memory.
And now it is your turn.
Cast your vote for Vladimir Guerrero now!!!