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In 2003 the Expos were in the playoff race comfortably but weren't allowed to field a full team like 29 other MLB teams were. Think that had anything to do with them missing the playoffs? I do.
What you forgot: Was he a memorable player, a player who fans loved, teammates loved, who made plays that made the opposition stand up and cheer, time and again? Yes, of course, obviously, all the time.
Hall of Fame? A slam dunk, all considered, but this is baseball and Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell aren't in (though Bagwell is less of a slam dunk than Vlad because Vlad made so, so many great throws, catches, and hits). He should get in by 2020 at the latest but bigotry may play a role. Yet he's the kind of player you want in the Hall, fantastic player, exciting for years and years, and a good person.
5 months, 1 week ago on The Hall of Fame case of Vladimir Guerrero
Vlad on the Washington ring thing? Considering they don't have any Expo retired numbers (10, 8, 30) on the walls I don't see why. MLB folded the Expos and game a new franchise to Washington. Vlad was an Expo, not a Washington. THough he played well as a visitor, quite well.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on I want Vladimir Guerrero to be a member of the Nationals’ Ring of Honor
Sweden - Borje Salming; US - Kessel it seems; Russia, hmmm, who really qualifies, Borshevski? Kulemin? Kaberle is my given, I don't know enough Finns or Slovaks. Canadian - Keon over Sittler.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on <!--:en-->Best All Time Maple Leafs – By Nationality<!--:-->
@Alec Brownscombe @Double Down Why not call a time out then? I would have.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on An in-depth chat with assistant coach of the Leafs Greg Cronin
I like that Cronin didn't give bullet answers. Corsi is a useless stat, unlike puck possession, shooting %, save %, stats that actually relate to how you're playing the game. BUt people sometimes can't see the trees for the forest. I teach math, by the way.
Out possessed, outshot (and as most sites show they gave up an ton of quality shots), and had a hard time maintaining possession in the O zone.
I wonder to the day why the caching staff sat on their heels as the game slipped away. This interview makes it obvious, the coaches were overconfident and thought the game was over.
I guess most GM's know a strong power hitting 1B is important and easy to find, and defence at 1B not so hard, so you spend on hitting (Prince Fielder, basic example). At 3B you want solid D and power but don't want to sacrifice D for power, really, and few men play great 3B D and hit with power. Supply/demand says 3B should make big bucks (Beltre) if they can hit/field, but 3B who can hit/field to a top level are rare. Thus you have more guarantees with a 1B. Trumbo may succeed at 3B but you're right, it's cheaper to put him there. Trout and Trumbo need to play their best positions for the Angels to make the most of them, but with Pujols can they?
1 year, 8 months ago on Could moving Trumbo to third base save the Angels money? | June
The HR contest is really batting practice, or close to it. For the fans.
1 year, 8 months ago on Derby Day with Mark Trumbo | June
@SorianoJoe Can't say I disagree. Not sure why teams haven't picked up Vlad, after all a lost game or two can cost a team the playoffs, and in the AL this year it's a bit wide open.
1 year, 8 months ago on Rumors: Vladimir Guerrero not close to signing
A DH/LF who can hit for average and some power. That's Vlad, still. Will Cleveland dump Damon, or Detroit, or someone else in the next month?
I figure in the next two weeks they mat decide to sign Guerrero. Hard to know what they'll do. But a platoon with Guerrero, who has shown he can play LF still, a bit, may work out. Who knows what the future holds anyway?
1 year, 8 months ago on A Poor Man's Casper Wells?
I'd sign Guerrero to platoon, he seems a very good fit for one year; a guy who's faced pennant pressure for about a decade. Cleveland could use him too, I suppose.
1 year, 8 months ago on "So Much Going On Right Now" For Tigers
The Pirates? I doubt it. But I'm sure we'll know soon.
1 year, 8 months ago on Fire Up the Vlad Guerrero to Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors
This just in: who is Mike Milner? If Guerrero asked for his release it most likely would be to join another team. But real reporters just tweeted that Guerrero ain't retiring. Great triple last night, what a drive!
1 year, 8 months ago on Toronto Blue Jays Rumors: Has Vladimir Guerrero Given Up?
Too bad they didn't sign Vlad, but such is life. Long season, and healthy teams tend to win more than unhealthy, regardless of talent.
1 year, 9 months ago on Who Should DH While Travis Hafner is Out?
I hope Guerrero has an excellent season, no idea what to expect but given how much how wants to succeed and help is a .315 BA and 15 HR too much to ask? Good luck to the man!
1 year, 9 months ago on Red Sox & Blue Jays Series Q&A With Jays Journal
From last year it was Markakis and Jones who gave the most kudos to Guerrero, so no surprise to see both doing as well if not better this year. All Jones has to do to keep staying this way is to keep doing what he's done the last 2 years.
1 year, 9 months ago on The Baltimore Orioles Plan To Give Adam Jones A Money Bath
It would be good to see Vlad the Cannon play some OF again, but if DH it is, fine. I'm not surprised at his success so far in being ready, he's not one to act entitled.
1 year, 9 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Nearing Minor League Rehab Stint
Not that bizarre, he's already playing some OF in spring training and other teams may want him now that the Jays have spent the money getting him ready.
1 year, 9 months ago on Vladimir Guerrero Reports to Toronto Blue Jays Minor-League Complex
Oh, and expectations? I expect him to play, and if he gets in 90+ games I expect 100+ hits, 10 HR's, and his team to gain at least 5 wins.