For his entire 16-year career, Guerrero has had a reputation of a guy who will swing at anything in the local area code at any pitch in the count. And while that approach isn't necessarily one you'll often see Major Leaguers preach or Little Leaguers taught, it's worked for Vlad time and time again.
Guerrero has 449 home runs and 1,491 RBIs in his career, each of which is good for fourth among active players. His .318 career average entering Tuesday night's game in Boston is good enough for fifth among active players with at least 3,000 plate appearances.
Signed as an amateur free agent by the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals) in 1993, Guerrero rose to prominence in the late 90s and early 2000s. After parts of eight seasons with Montreal, he left for the Angels via free agency in 2004 and was named the American League MVP in his first season. He hit 39 home runs, drove in 126 RBIs and batted .337 that year.
Over the past few years, Guerrero has become mostly a designated hitter. In fact, all 128 of his starts with the Orioles this season have come as a DH, as he no longer possesses the ability to track down fly balls like he used to.
But there's no denying Guerrero can still hit the ball all over the ballpark no matter where a particular pitch is located. His .300 average, 29 home runs and 125 RBIs with Texas last season and .293 average in 136 games this season is evidence of that.
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