Vladimir Guerrero gave a speech entirely in Spanish that lasted less than 4 minutes to show his appreciation for being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Los Angeles Angels broadcaster Jose Mota translated Guerrero's words thanking "Canada and Montréal for the first opportunity to be a big league player."
Tim Raines (2017); Andre Dawson (2010); and Gary Carter (2003) are in the Baseball Hall of Fame as primary Montréal Expos players in the Hall. Guerrero is going into the Hall as an Angel, perhaps spurred by the 2004 American League Most Valuable Player award.
Guerrero started his career with the Expos in 1996 and played there until 2003. Guerrero hit .323 with 234 of his 449 HR; 702 of his 1496 RBI; 123 of his 181 SB as a member of the Expos.
Guerrero made the cut in his second year of eligibility with 392 of 422 votes for a 92.9% percentage. Players only need 75% to get into the Hall.
Pedro Martinez, Guerrero's Montréal teammate in 1996 and 1997 and fellow Dominican Republic Hall of Fame member, gave a glowing introduction about Guerrero before the speech.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was in the crowd for his father's induction into Cooperstown. The Toronto Blue Jays announced that the younger Guerrero would get promoted from the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats to the AAA Buffalo Bisons after the ceremony. He did suffer a strained patellar ligament in his left knee, which did delay his promotion.
Guerrero Jr. hit .402 with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs in 61 games in AA.
Jack Morris pitched for both Toronto Blue Jays championship seasons in 1992-1993. Morris was also elected to the Hall of Fame in the 2018 class.
Morris won 21 games in 1992 but only went 7-12 in 1993. He won 4 World Series championships in his career.
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