Vladimir Guerrero, the best bad ball hitter of his generation. Vlad is getting one of the greatest opportunities in December. He has a chance to be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. If Vladimir were to be inducted into the Hall of fame he’ll probably go in with an Angels cap.
One of the most favored and popular players of his time, Vladimir Guerrero.
His swing hard attitude would allow him to hit chest high fastballs over the wall, and shoot breaking balls in the dirt into the gaps. After the season is over the MLB will determine if Vladdy is truly Hall of fame worthy.
Yes, there has been many bad ball hitters in baseball but none other like him. From 2007 to 2011, by the Fangraphs numbers, Vladimir Guerrero swung at more than FORTY-FIVE PERCENT of the pitches out of the strike zone.
Vladimir Has a pretty good case in making it into the Hall of Fame. He retired as a career .318/.379/.553 (140 OPS+) hitter with 449 home runs, and he ranks fourth all-time among Dominican-born position players with 59.3 WAR.
In his prime, Vlad was on the short list of the best all-around players in the world. Plus for all the most part Vladimir was clean. He passed every drug test and weren’t any big rumors of any PED use during his time even playing through the “steroid era”. He was seen as a positive icon throughout baseball.
Ten times he finished in the top 15 in the MVP balloting. He was the AL MVP in 2004, his debut season as an Angels free-agent acquisition, and finished third in 2005 and 2007. Also, Vladimir has 5 fewer total bases than Mantle in 850 fewer plate appearances.
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He has as many Extra-base Hits as Al Kaline in 2,538 fewer plate appearances. Plus, he never struck out 100 times in a season and only came close once. Eleven times, Vlady hit 25-plus homers while striking out fewer than 90 times. On the first pitch, he hit .363 and slugged.660, which is better than Ken Griffey Jr. Who was just inducted into the hall of fame.
If fangraphs didn’t exist then Vladimir Guerrero would be a for sure Hall of Famer.
Vlad was a horrible base runner. With a Bsr of -49.8. The 3,681 qualified position players in major league history, only 11 have/had a worse BsR than did Guerrero. He got thrown out by many ill advised steals and trying to take the extra 90 feet.
Plus, he wasn’t the greatest defender either. Yes, he lost the speed playing on the Expos field in the awful concrete, turf field. Vlad had one of the strongest arms in all of baseball, but he wasn’t accurate with it. He had five seasons with five WAR or better, but doesn’t compile a very high peak value besides the hitting category.
Referred by many teammates as “Moolah”. He was beloved by every team he went up to bat for. Given praise by Albert Pujols, Torri Hunter, and Mike Trout. A truly beloved player on and off the field. Guerrero never caused controversy or had problems with the media. He was loved by every fan that came to the ballpark. He was so fun to watch.
No one is going to argue if Vladdy makes into the Hall of fame. He has a pretty good case, but is it strong enough? We’ll find out at the end of the season.