The Los Angeles Angels announced Vladimir Guerrero, a member of five post-season teams for the club, will become the 15th individual inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame during pre-game ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 26th when the Angels host the Houston Astros.
“Vlad brought a special excitement to the ballpark each and every time he stepped to the plate,” said Owner Arte Moreno. “He captivated not only our fans, but those throughout baseball with his powerful swings and ability to hit to all fields on pitches in and out of the strike zone. One of the striking aspects of Vlad was the pure joy he showed while playing the game. I know he enjoyed each and every moment he put on a uniform. His contributions to this organization were a key to our success, and his Most Valuable Player Award in 2004 was one of the most memorable highlights of our history. Vlad will be joining a distinguished group in our Hall of Fame and we are looking forward to a very special evening in August,” added Moreno.
Guerrero, 42, remains among the Angels all-time leaders in several key offensive categories including average (1st, .319), runs (10th, 544), hits (10th, 1,034), total bases (7th, 1,767), extra-base hits (7th, 377), doubles (8th, 194), home runs (6th, 173), RBI (6th, 616), on-base percentage (4th, .381) and slugging percentage (2nd, .526).
During his distinguished career, Guerrero played for the Montreal Expos (1996-2003), Angels (2004-2009), Rangers (2010) and Orioles (2011). He was originally signed by Montreal as an amateur free agent on March 1, 1993 and would make his Major League debut three years later on Sept. 19, 1996 vs. Atlanta. Guerrero recorded his first hit against the Braves’ Steve Avery and home run against Atlanta closer Mark Wohlers.
The native of Nizao, Dominican Republic became a free-agent following the 2003 season and was signed to a multi-year contract by the Angels, whom he would play for during the next six seasons, registering a .319 average (1,034/3,237) in 846 games with 304 base on balls against only 385 strikeouts. Of those walks, 112 were intentional.
Guerrero follows previous Hall of Fame inductees Bobby Grich (1988), Jim Fregosi (1989), Don Baylor (1990), Rod Carew (1991), Nolan Ryan (1992), Jimmie Reese (1995), Brian Downing (2009), Chuck Finley (2009), Gene Autry (2011), 2002 Championship team (2012), Bobby Knoop (2013), Dean Chance (2015), Mike Witt (2015),Tim Salmon (2015) and Garret Anderson (2016).