Guerrero could be the first player to enter the Hall of Fame as an Angel. The wrench in that is he also played for 8 years in Montreal before joining the Angels for his MVP season in 2004. While with the Halos, Guerrero was MVP once (3rd in voting twice), and a 4-time All Star in 6 seasons.
During his career with the Angels, Guerrero hit .319 (just a point over his career .318 AVG), and he knocked out 173 home runs in 846 games. He holds the team’s all time career batting average ahead of Rod Carew and Mike Trout.
Guerrero has a shot at being a first time MVP, but it may take him a few years. The rest of the names on this year’s ballot can be found here. In his entire career, he put up a .318/.379/.553 slash line with 449 home runs, 1,496 RBIs and a .931 OPS. Vladdy retired at the age of 36, which also happens to be the age of Albert Pujols who has 5 years left on his contract.
Manny Ramirez and Ivan Rodriguez also are notable newcomers to the ballot, but they come with a steroid taint that doesn’t hang over Guerrero.
Along with Guerrero and Trout, Darin Erstad also wore #27 for the Angels. I’d say that number has turned out pretty good for the team, and it’s a good bet we’ve also see the last player to ever wear the number (in Mike Trout).
Good luck Vlad the Impaler!! May the BBWAA get the vote right again!