In his first season with the Montreal Expos, was criticized for being too aggressive at the plate. Despite his now legendary aggressiveness, the rookie hit .302, hit 11 homeruns and drove in 40 runs in just 325 at bats. Guerrero has played for three team; the Expos, The Los Angeles Angels and his current team the Texas Rangers. Wherever he has played, the one-time star outfielder and base stealer has left a lasting impression.
The nine time All Star is best known as the best bad ball hitter in the game. Guerrero has been known to hit balls that bounce in front of the plate. It is safe to say that Guerrero’s hitting style and philosophy are totally unique and cannot be taught. Vladimir plays with the passion of a youngster who wants to enjoy himself. As a designated hitter, Guerrero is a stabilizing force with playoff experience in the middle of the lineup.
Guerrero was born on February 9, 1975 in Don Gregorio, Dominican Republic. He was signed by the Montreal Expos in 1993. He played his first game for the Expos in late 1996. His rookie year was 1997. After batting .324 with 38 homeruns and 109 RBI’s in 1998, the Expos signed the outfielder to a $28 million.
In 2004, Vladimir was traded to the Los Angeles Angels. Today, people think of Guerrero as an unorthodox hitter who somehow drives in lots of runs and plays on winning teams. In his prime, Vladimir was a tremendous offensive and defensive talent with speed to burn. In his first season with the Angels, he led the team in 13 offensive categories. To go along with his 124 runs scored, accumulated 366 total bases to lead the league and had 13 outfield assists to tie for the league lead while batting a strong .366. Needless to say, he was named league MVP.
The 6’3” 235 pound right-handed hitter and thrower was regarded as dangerous baserunner. Guerrero stole 37 bases in 2001 and a career high 40 bases in 2002. Guerrero could hurt the opposition in any number of ways, although he has always been unlikely to walk.
In January, 2010, Guerrero signed a one year deal for $5.5 million with the Rangers. The contract has incentives and a one-year option. Guerrero’s biggest contribution may be his winning mentality. With 27 homers, 107 RBI’s and a .302 average, Guerrero has done everything he was asked to do.
With the Rangers in charge of the American League West, Guerrero will be used as a DH in the playoffs. With good bats all around him, Vladimir may have the best post season of his career. Of course, that depends on how many bad ball hits he can muster.
VLADIMIR GUERRERO STATS SUMMARY