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Vladimir Guerrero is awaiting Hall of Fame call

By David Rice
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 26: Former Angel Vladimir Guerrero waves to the crowd as he is inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame before the game between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 26, 2017 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 26: Former Angel Vladimir Guerrero waves to the crowd as he is inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame before the game between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 26, 2017 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /
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Vladimir Guerrero had a great career 16-year major league career with six seasons being spent in Anaheim playing for the Los Angeles Angels.   Guerrero was nearly elected on his first year on the ballot garnering 71.7 % of the vote, which he needed 75% of the vote.

With that being said, Vladimir Guerrero should be elected this time around and the Los Angeles Angels could have their first player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. We will find out tomorrow if Vladimir will finally get the call to the hall.

Guerrero played only six seasons with the Angels after playing eight seasons with the Montreal Expos who since moved to Washington.  Big Daddy Vladdy as he was affectionately know during his time in Anaheim became only the second Angel at the time to win the AL MVP in his first season with the club in 2004.  Guerrero hit .337 with 39 homers 126 RBIs, and he also scored 124 runs which was tops in the AL that year. Guerrero helped lead the Angels to five AL West titles in the six years he was in Anaheim.

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He finished his career with single seasons in Texas and Baltimore before signing a one-day contract to retire as an Angel in 2014.  He was honored before the game by the only other Angel at the time to have won the AL MVP Don Baylor who was the hitting coach at the time. Baylor was the catcher for Guerrero during the first pitch ceremony and unceremoniously broke his leg after slipping while trying to get up. Baylor passed away last season.

Vladimir Guerrero finished his career as a 9-time All-Star with a .318 batting average 449 homers 1496 RBIs and 181 stolen bases, with 2590 hits. These are definitely Hall of Fame caliber numbers.  The only negatives is that Guerrero never won a World Series, did not surpass the magic numbers such as 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.  However, despite these supposed deficiencies Vladimir Guerrero was one of the most dominant players in his era.

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This past season on August 26th Guerrero was inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame. During the ceremony Guerrero was given multiple ovations by the Angels crowd who revered him while he was playing for the Angels.  Some pundits have said that they don’t want Guerrero to go into the Hall of Fame as an Angel because he was not a hom-grown talent.

My response to them is get a life. Guerrero played his butt off for the Angels every day he wore the Red #27 uniform.  He had a tremendous stretch that has only been seen one other time by an Angel player who coincidentally wears #27 (Mike Trout).

Quick comparison of the two is very interesting since they both have played six seasons with the Angels although Trout will play at least four more years with the Halos unless he is traded before his contract runs out in 2021.

Guerrero hit .319 with 173 homers and 619 RBIs with 544 runs scored in 846 games played.  Trout, taking away his 40 games in 2011 when he was a late season 40 game call up, played in 885 games in his six full seasons.  Trout hit .306 with 196 homers and 553 RBIs and he scored 692 runs. So Guerrero drove in more runs and hit for a higher average and Trout hit more homers and scored more runs.

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This puts it in perspective and shows how dominant Guerrero was as Trout has been since coming into the league.  With this said I hope that Vladimir Guerrero is chosen for the Hall tomorrow and hopefully he will go in as an Angel when it is all said and done.  As a life-long Angel fan I would be proud to have Vladimir Guerrero represent the Angels in the Hall of Fame.  We will have to see tomorrow.

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