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Vladimir Guerrero | Designated Hitter

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (39) / 2/9/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Vladimir Guerrero officially announced his retirement from professional baseball on Friday.
Guerrero cited a desire to spend more time with his family, as well as the two operations that he's endured on his right knee, as the primary factors in his decision. The 38-year-old owns a tremendous .318/.379/.553 career slash line with 449 homers, 1496 RBI and 181 stolen bases. He was named the American League's most valuable player in 2004, was named to nine All-Star teams, and won eight Silver Slugger awards in his illustrious career. Sat, Sep 14, 2013 12:02:00 AM

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Vladimir Guerrero has yet to report to the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League because he is attending to a family matter in the Dominican Republic.

Guerrero signed with the Ducks in early April after he struggled to find the right fit in MLB. It's not clear when he'll be ready to join the team, but the 38-year-old isn't ready to give up on his career. He's currently sitting on 449 career home runs.
Wed, May 8, 2013 03:20:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Vladimir Guerrero has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.

It was Rosenthal that reported last month that Vlad was attempting a comeback. Obviously the independent leagues are a long way from the majors, but perhaps if he mashes someone will give him a shot on a minor league deal. Guerrero didn't appear in a major league game in 2012, batting .358/.364/.679 with four homers in 12 minor league games for the Blue Jays before asking for his release.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 07:25:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Vladimir Guerrero is attempting a comeback.

Vlad didn't appear in a major league game in 2012, batting .358/.364/.679 with four homers in 12 minor league games for the Blue Jays before asking for his release. The 38-year-old played winter ball in his native Dominican Republic, hitting .188 over eight contests. Guerrero is willing to accept a minor league deal, so someone seems likely to give him a shot. He's obviously a longshot to have any sort of impact in 2013, though. Rosenthal says that the Yankees are not interested in Vlad.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 09:29:00 AM

Vladimir Guerrero will play winter ball for the Licey Tigers in his native Dominican Republic.

Vlad didn't appear in a major league game in 2012, batting .358/.364/.679 with four homers in 12 minor league games for the Blue Jays before asking for his release. Slated to turn 38 in February, Guerrero hit .290/.317/.416 with 13 homers in 145 games for the Orioles in 2011. He'll almost surely have to take a non-guaranteed minor league deal next spring if he chooses to continue his career.
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 07:56:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi, Vladimir Guerrero is not close to signing with any club.

Guerrero was probably better off practicing patience in the Blue Jays' minor league system, where he was at least drawing regular playing time. But he asked for and was granted his release after just eight games, and is now struggling to attract fresh offers. The 37-year-old was 10-for-33 (.303) at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Mon, Jun 18, 2012 10:53:00 AM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi, the Tigers have "lukewarm" interest in Vladimir Guerrero.

It's "not clear if they will pursue him at this point," Morosi concludes. Guerrero asked for and was granted his release from the Blue Jays earlier this week after going 10-for-33 (.303) at Triple-A Las Vegas without gaining consideration for a promotion to the major leagues. The 37-year-old could struggle to find another contract.
Wed, Jun 13, 2012 06:44:00 PM

Blue Jays released DH Vladimir Guerrero.

Guerrero issued an ultimatum following Monday's game with Triple-A Las Vegas that he wanted to be called up to the majors or released. So the Jays cut him loose after deciding that he wasn't a good fit for the big league roster. The 37-year-old was hitting .303 (10-for-33) with two doubles, a triple and zero walks in eight games with Las Vegas. While Vlad doesn't plan to retire, the market for him figures to be pretty limited at this point.
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 12:51:00 PM

According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Vladimir Guerrero has left the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate and returned to his home in Anaheim, California.

Vlad hasn't officially opted out of his minor league deal with the Blue Jays, but the situation is obviously coming to a head. Rojas was told by a source that the two sides had a soft deadline for the 37-year-old to be called up to the majors. Now that it has passed, Vlad wants the Blue Jays to decide Tuesday whether he will be called up to the majors. He has no plans to return to the minor leagues.
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 11:55:00 AM

Updating a previous item, Vladimir Guerrero's agent Bean Stringfellow told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that his client has not opted out of his contract with Blue Jays.

It's worth noting that Stringfellow said "not yet," which leaves open the possibility that he could soon opt out. Either way, it's clear Vlad has no intention to retire. "Nothing could be further from the truth," said Stringfellow. "He is in great shape. He is hitting very well and running very well." The 37-year-old went 4-for-5 on Monday night and is hitting .303 (10-for-33) with two doubles and a triple in eight games with Triple-A Las Vegas.
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 11:23:00 AM

According to Mike Wilner of Sportsnet Radio The FAN 590, Vladimir Guerrero has apparently decided to give up on his comeback.

Vlad signed a minor league deal with the Jays about a month ago and has been working his way up the organizational ladder since. After going 9-for-20 in four games with High-A Dunedin, the 37-year-old batted .303 (10-for-33) with two doubles and a triple in eight games with Triple-A Las Vegas. It appears that he wanted a promotion to the major leagues, but the Jays weren't prepared to give him one. If Vlad calls it a career, he'll finish with a .318 career batting average to go along with 449 home runs and 1,496 RBI. He's a sure-fire Hall of Famer.
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 10:52:00 AM

Vladimir Guerrero is day-to-day after being hit by a pitch on the right hand Saturday at Triple-A Las Vegas.

It shouldn't push back potential arrival with the Blue Jays much. Vlad has cooled off a bit since being bumped up to Triple-A but is still batting .313/.320/.625 with four homers over 50 plate appearances between his two minor league stops.
Sun, Jun 10, 2012 12:29:00 PM

Vladimir Guerrero is hitting just .176 (3-for-17) over his first four games with Triple-A Las Vegas.

Vlad was on fire at High-A Dunedin, batting a cool .450/.450/1.100 with four homers over 20 plate appearances, but his bat has stalled thus far at the Triple-A level. The 37-year-old has just one extra-base hit (a double) to his credit and while this is hardly surprising, he has yet to draw a walk. The Jays likely won't promote him until he starts to produce.
Wed, Jun 6, 2012 08:53:00 AM

The Blue Jays will not promote Vladimir Guerrero on Tuesday.

"We need someone with defensive versatility," manager John Farrell said. While Vlad won't be promoted Tuesday, he can't be far off. The veteran has batted a cool .400/.400/.960 with four homers over 25 plate appearances between High- and Triple-A.
Sun, Jun 3, 2012 01:23:00 PM

According to the Toronto Sun, the ''speculation is growing'' that Vladimir Guerrero is on the verge of joining the Blue Jays.

Guerrero could join the team as early as Tuesday against the White Sox, though nothing has been confirmed. Guerrero had four home runs in his first 20 at-bats prior to being promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday. He projects to be used at DH with Toronto, with Edwin Encarnacion playing first base.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sat, Jun 2, 2012 10:50:00 AM

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