Baseball has been worse off ever since Vladimir Guerrero retired, as the game can always use more unrepentant oddballs who will hit singles off of pitches that bounced in the dirt and generally hack away with little thought of the consequences. Guerrero’s never coming back, but there’s a decent chance we’ll be seeing…
I do not know how you might measure this, or if it's even possible, but Vladimir Guerrero had to be the best bad-ball hitter of all time. Here he is putting wood on a 58-foot curveball.
The following is excerpted from Jonah Keri's Up, Up, & Away: The Kid, The Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, Le Grand Orange, Youppi!, The Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos, a wonderful and definitive account of Montreal's much-lamented baseball team. The book will be released in…
Vladimir Guerrero threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Angels game against the Mariners and while trying to catch it, Don Baylor seemed to hyperextend his leg and possibly suffer even further injury.
Details are still sketchy, but according to reports out of the Dominican Republic, police in Santo Domingo have issued an all-points bulletin to be on the lookout for former MLB outfielder Vladimir Guerrero. It seems Guerrero is accused of starting a brawl at a disco. This is from the Dominican Today:
He's actually 34. Not 33, as he's listed. Vlad mistakenly revealed his real age during an interview talking about some of his injury problems. [LAT]
The best description of last night's Home Run Derby — won by Vladimir Guerrero, shown here with a friend who's a tad too excited about the whole business — was in the comments this morning: "Why does an event that has 8 participants require 9 people to cover it?" This made a certain mad sense to us.