This is Why We Miss Vlady Guerrero

A few more frames later comes the bloop single to left and bad throw that scored a run and put Vlady on second.
A few more frames later comes the bloop single to left and bad throw that scored a run and put Vlady on second.
YouTube

Caps off to Deadspin's Barry Petchesky for reminding us what we miss so much about former Angel Vladimir Guerrero.

In his post "Vlad Guerrero Could Hit Anything," the Deadspinner theorizes "Guerrero had to be the best bad-ball hitter of all time."

As evidence, Petchesky includes this video of then-Angel Vlady hitting an Oriole pitch that bounced into the dirt:

Petchesky concludes by saying it's a shame no video exists "of the best Vlad legend: that while coming up through the Expos system, at Double-A Harrisburg, he homered off a pitch after it bounced in the dirt. Maybe it's merely apocryphal. I don't think so, though; I've seen enough actual Guerrero at-bats to believe."

Upcoming Events

The post sparked "Captain Crutch" to note that the Angels TV crew used to describe Vlady's strike zone as "nose to toes."

Guerrero on Sept. 26, 2011, surpassed Julio Franco to become the all-time MLB leader in hits among players from the Dominican Republic. Adrián Beltré took that honor from Vlady in 2014, but were it a head-to-head contest of balls hit on the bounce ...

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >