Vlad “The Impaler” Guerrero officially ended his baseball career, although he hasn’t played in the majors since 2011.
At his peak from 1998-2007 (Expos and Angels) Vlad hit .327/.394/.586. (For the non-math folk, that’s a .980 OPS.) He also averaged 35 doubles, 35 HRs, 114 RBI and 16 SB. And in 2010 he hit 29, 115, .300 (.841 OPS).
Great arm (top 5 in RF assists for 10 seasons; led all RF in 2001, 2002, and 2004; led all OF in NL, 2002 and AL, 2004). Not-so-great glove (led all NL OF in errors from 1997-2002).
2004 AL MVP and 7 Silver Sluggers.
Career numbers: 2590 H, 449 HR, 1496 RBI, .318 AVG, .931 OPS
Baseball-Reference.com compares him most favorably to Jeff Bagwell, Larry Walker, Willie Stargell, Billy Williams, Albert Pujols. Duke Snider, and Todd Helton.
And he once hit a home run off a ball that bounced before it reached the plate.
Image: Vladimir Guerrero of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats during a game against the Oakland Athletics at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, CA on April 22, 2006. (Photo by Brad Mangin)