Vladimir Guerrero's Hall of Fame Case


It’s Hall of Fame time for the baseball world. I submitted my 2012 ballot for FanSided but it’s always fun to look at the future. Vladimir Guerrero was one of my favorite players before he joined the Angels in 2004 and won his only MVP. While he might hang around another year or so, let’s pretend Vlad retired today. Is he a Hall of Famer? Would you vote for him?

I know I would. If you’re on the fence, take a look at some of his statistical company. You might recognize some of these names from baseball lore…

Seasons a player hit for a .300 AVG and 25+ homeruns

Rk Yrs From To Age
1 Ted Williams 14 1939 1960 20-41
2 Babe Ruth 14 1919 1933 24-38
3 Hank Aaron 13 1955 1973 21-39
4 Vladimir Guerrero 12 1998 2010 23-35
5 Manny Ramirez 11 1995 2008 23-36
6 Barry Bonds 11 1990 2004 25-39
7 Lou Gehrig 11 1927 1937 24-34
8 Albert Pujols 10 2001 2010 21-30
9 Willie Mays 10 1954 1965 23-34
10 Chipper Jones 9 1996 2007 24-35
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Generated 1/4/2012.

What’s that? You like on base percentage and Vlad despised walking? Fine.

Seasons a player hit for a .300 AVG, a .370 OBP and 25+ homeruns

Rk Yrs From To Age
1 Ted Williams 14 1939 1960 20-41
2 Babe Ruth 14 1919 1933 24-38
3 Manny Ramirez 11 1995 2008 23-36
4 Barry Bonds 11 1990 2004 25-39
5 Lou Gehrig 11 1927 1937 24-34
6 Albert Pujols 10 2001 2010 21-30
7 Vladimir Guerrero 10 1998 2007 23-32
8 Hank Aaron 10 1957 1973 23-39
9 Willie Mays 10 1954 1965 23-34
10 Chipper Jones 9 1996 2007 24-35
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Generated 1/4/2012.

Oh, you want your HOF sluggers to slug too? Fine.

Seasons a players hit for a .300 AVG, .370 OBP, .550 SLG and 25+ homeruns

Rk Yrs From To Age
1 Ted Williams 14 1939 1960 20-41
2 Babe Ruth 14 1919 1933 24-38
3 Barry Bonds 11 1990 2004 25-39
4 Lou Gehrig 11 1927 1937 24-34
5 Albert Pujols 10 2001 2010 21-30
6 Manny Ramirez 10 1995 2008 23-36
7 Willie Mays 10 1954 1965 23-34
8 Vladimir Guerrero 9 1998 2006 23-31
9 Hank Aaron 9 1957 1973 23-39
10 Jimmie Foxx 9 1929 1939 21-31
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Generated 1/4/2012.

Still not sold? Fine.

I saved the best for last. If Vlad retired tomorrow with 449 homeruns and a .318/.379/.553 line, I’d call for immediate induction. I think Barry Bonds might be the greatest hitter of all-time and he’s not on this list.

Rk BA OBP SLG HR
1 Ted Williams .344 .482 .634 521
2 Babe Ruth .342 .474 .690 714
3 Albert Pujols .328 .420 .617 445
4 Stan Musial .331 .417 .559 475
5 Vladimir Guerrero .318 .379 .553 449
6 Lou Gehrig .340 .447 .632 493
7 Jimmie Foxx .325 .428 .609 534
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Generated 1/4/2012.

Is Vlad a Hall of Famer?

Obviously, I think so. There are plenty of ways to manipulate stats and I’d like to congratulate myself on these. But in an era where the “old writing guard” still reigns supreme in HOF voting, I think they’d have a hard time omitting Vlad after looking at that.

Vlad doesn’t have the steroid suspecion hanging around him either. And he smiles. A lot. That’s like a +27 for the BBWAA.

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  • Double_Up

    An excellent argument in favour of a great, clean (no PED’s) player, who gave it his all and never quit, played great, was never really given the credit he deserved for his defence (arm, range). Take out the PED players by reducing their stats to reality without cheating and Guerrero also would have two or three more MVP awards. Baseball needs more guys who play with enthusiasm and never quit, and fewer guys who play for pay alone. Boring players.