Texas Rangers: Vladmir Guerrero Inducted Into Hall of Fame

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Vladimir Guerrero (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Vladimir Guerrero (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /

One of the four players inducted into Cooperstown on Wednesday was former Texas Rangers slugger Vladmir Guerrero. His stint in Arlington was short, but he made an impact nonetheless.

Former Texas Rangers outfielder Vladmir Guerrero earned 92.9 percent in his second year of eligibility. He will now join Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman in Cooperstown New York this July.

Guerrero is just the seventh player wearing a Rangers uniform to join the Hall of Fame. He is the second Rangers position player behind catcher Ivan Rodriguez who was inducted in 2017. Rodriguez went into the Hall with a Rangers cap, but Guerrero will not.

His most productive seasons were spent in Anaheim and Montreal. Although, Guerrero did help Texas win its first American League pennant in 2010. Guerrero was likely a Hall of Famer before joining the Rangers, but padded his resume along the way.

In 2010, the Rangers signed Guerrero to a one-year $5.5 million deal to bring stability to their lineup. He hit .300 with 29 home runs and 115 RBIs in 152 games in Arlington. Guerrero earned himself a Silver Slugger award and his ninth and final All-Star appearance in 2010.

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Sadly, Guerrero struggled in the postseason during his time in Texas. He recorded just one hit in 16 plate appearances during the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. That 2010 season was Guerrero’s only trip to the Fall Classic.

Guerrero played one more season with the Baltimore Orioles in 2011. He retired with a .318 batting average, 449 home runs, and 1496 RBIs during his 16-year career. Guerrero became the first Dominican-born position player to earn election into the Hall of Fame, but likely won’t be the last. His time in Arlington was short-lived, but he was beloved by Rangers fans and players during his time in Texas.