Blue Jays have plenty of ties to the Hall of Fame ballot
Why didn’t they call him up again??
Contribution from Brendan Pannikar
Vladdy Guerrero is going to have his second go-around on the ballot to get into Cooperstown and this time he should get in to the Baseball Hall of Fame. That would be a fantastic accomplishment for Guerrero who even though he never played for the Blue Jays, still has a very strong connection to the organization and the country of Canada.
Vladdy’s career began with eight seasons with the Montreal Expos, where he was quite possibly one of the best players in their franchise history. Certainly Guerrero’s best seasons of his career came with the Expos as three of the top by fWAR were in Montreal. He had fWARs of 6.2 in 2000, 6.7 in 1998, and 71. in 2002. He also eclipsed 40+ home runs twice in his career, which were both with Montreal.
Guerrero then spent six good seasons with the Los Angeles Angels followed by one in Texas, and his final season at the MLB level with the Baltimore Orioles. His last season of pro ball did come with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he played in the minor league system but never reached the big league club before asking for his release.
Now, Vladdy Sr. is still strongly connected to the Blue Jays as his son Vladdy Guerrero Jr. is in the Blue Jays’ organization. Vladdy Jr. tore it up in the minors this past season and rose to be ranked the #2 prospect in all of baseball. Guerrero Jr is labelled as the Blue Jays superstar of the future and he can attribute a lot of that to his Dad, who myself and all Blue Jays fans should be rooting for to get into Cooperstown.