Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Angel in the Envelope
For his prolific 16-year career, Vladimir Guerrero collected 2,590 base hits, smacked 449 home runs, and drove in a whopping 1,496 runs. He made nine All-Star squads, won eight Silver Slugger awards and, in 2004, was named the A.L.'s Most Valuable Player. Career batting average? How about .318?!
There wasn't much on a ball field that Guerrero couldn't do. At the plate, in the field, or on the bases, Vlad was someone for whom you had to gameplan. He was the essence of a five-tool player. And his ticket to Cooperstown is all but assured.
A big 'thank you' to Bert of Swing and a Pop-Up for recently floating me this 2007 Fleer Ultra jersey card of the great Vlad. And, thus allowing me to wax a little about one of the game's all-time greats.
As far as PWEs are concerned, they don't get much better than this.