Lost amidst the return of Football and the exciting Wild Card chase was another major retirement. Quietly after failing to latch on to an MLB team this year, he told a radio station in his native Dominican Republic that he was calling it a career.
Guerrero had his best seasons with the Montreal Expos and the Anaheim Angels and won the 2004 AL MVP with the latter. In looking at his overall statistics, it would appear that he is a decent candidate, though far from a lock. On the radio interview, he mentioned that his biggest regret was failing to hit the 500 Home Run mark (he belted 449), and he was not linked to PEDs. Actually, the fact that he was done at the age of 36 (he last played in the Majors two years ago) shows a decline that reflects age, which in this day in age, is actually a positive indicating he may have been clean.
The nine time All-Star has a career OPS of .935 (35th All-Time), A Slugging Percentage of .553 (25th All-Time), and has a JAWS of 50.9 which puts him in the Hall of Fame hunt. He is one of those players who right now feels like you could be talked into Cooperstown or talked out of, and if that is the feeling that others have, we may see another Fred McGriff on the ballot. This one is going to be VERY interesting.