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Vlad Guerrero's uniform number is etched into the side of a hill he owns in the Dominican Republic

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 14: Right fielder Vladimir Guerrero #27 of the Anaheim Angels swings during the game against the Seattle Mariners on April 14, 2004 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Angels won 6-5. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

For much of the '90s and '00s, baseball was enchanted by a free-swinging, bare-handed slugger who wore No. 27 emblazoned across the back of his jersey. Vladimir Guerrero -- or Vlad the Impaler to fans who had the misfortune of rooting for teams he played against -- is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this winter. Although we don't yet know whether or not a bronze plaque with his likeness will hang in Cooperstown one day, there is already one way in which Guerrero's baseball legacy is etched into the public consciousness, literally.
Guerrero was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and still keeps a home there. On a hill that he owns, there is a brilliant display honoring the great No. 27:

What a bold and beautiful tribute to a career well-worth celebrating.