Earlier this year, Vladimir Guerrero fell just shy of election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. Now Guerrero will get his second shot at Cooperstown, as he is among the 33 players listed on the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot released Monday.Guerrero
Earlier this year, Vladimir Guerrero fell just shy of election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. Now Guerrero will get his second shot at Cooperstown, as he is among the 33 players listed on the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot released Monday.
Guerrero debuted with 71.7 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in January, putting him in strong position to reach the 75-percent threshold required for entry. Eligible players remain on the ballot for a maximum of 10 years, as long as they draw at least 5 percent of the vote each year.
• 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot
Guerrero built a strong Hall of Fame case over his 16-year career in the Majors, batting .318/.379/.553 with 449 home runs, 1,496 RBIs, 2,590 hits and 1,328 runs scored. A nine-time All-Star, Guerrero spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Expos before signing with the Angels as a free agent. He enjoyed the most success during his six-year tenure in Anaheim, where he captured the 2004 American League MVP Award and spurred the club to five AL West titles.
A five-tool talent, Guerrero was best known for his cannon-like arm and his temerity to swing at any pitch, even collecting hits on balls that had bounced on the dirt. He remains the Angels' all-time leader in batting average (.319) and ranks fourth in on-base percentage (.381), second in slugging percentage (.526) and sixth in home runs (173).
In August, the Angels inducted Guerrero into their Hall of Fame and honored the Dominican slugger during a special on-field ceremony at Angel Stadium.
"There's no doubt he's going to be in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in the near future, but it's great for us to get the first crack at him and put him in our Hall of Fame first, because he meant so much for those years that we had [him]," said Mike Scioscia, who managed Guerrero during the outfielder's entire stint with the Angels.
Guerrero could become the first Hall of Fame inductee to go in with an Angels cap, though he'd also have the option to represent the Expos, his original club. Earlier this year, Guerrero playfully winced when asked which way he was leaning.
"That I don't know," Guerrero said in Spanish. "I know I had good years with both teams, so we'll just wait and see what happens."
BBWAA voters can list up to 10 players on their Hall of Fame ballots. The 2018 election announcement will take place on Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. PT on MLB Network and MLB.com.
Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.