One of Major League Baseball’s great sluggers has decided to hang up the cleats.
Vladimir Guerrero has announced his retirement from the sport, according to Dominican Republic newspaper Listin Diario. Guerrero last played in the big leagues for the Baltimore Orioles in 2011.
“I decided to announce my retirement due to my desire to spend more time with my family,” Guerrero said in Spanish, as translated by MLBTradeRumors.com, “as well as because of the two operations that I’ve had on my right knee.”
Guerrero spent time in the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization in 2012. He retires with 449 career home runs with a .318 average and .931 OPS.
Guerrero was known for his free-swinging ways. He never finished in the Top 10 in bases on balls, but he did finish in the Top 10 in on-base percentage four times. He finished first in intentional walks five times. With 250 career free passes, he’s fifth all-time.
Vlad was a nine-time All Star and one-time MVP. He finished his career 35th in OPS, 36th in home runs, 52nd in RBIs and 25th in assists by a right fielder.
Guerrero started his career with the Expos. He also spent time with the Angels, Rangers and Orioles.
Photo via Facebook/Vladimir Guerrero