Vlad Hits 400th HR! Is Cooperstown Calling?

joel kirsteinCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 10:  Vladimir Guerrero #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a curtain call after hitting his 400th career home run and second of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on August 10, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Vlad Guerrero hit his 400th career home run Monday night for the Los Angeles Angels, moving him into exclusive company in Major League Baseball history as only the sixth player to combine for 400 home runs and a career batting average of .320 or better.

That elite group includes Tedd Williams (.344), Babe Ruth (.342), Lou Gehrig (.340), Stan Musial (.331) and Jimmie Foxx (.325), all members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Vlad has a career batting average of .323 and his stats stack up very worthy of induction at Cooperstown. 400 home runs, 1293 runs batted in, 2200 hits, 1154 runs scored, 175 stolen bases. In 2004 he was the American League's Most Valuable Player and has been an All-Star in both leagues a combined eight times, along with seven Silver Slugger awards.

Despite his recent, less productive seasons, and never dominating like other great players of his era and the aforementioned players, if he is clean (steroids), does he get into the Hall of Fame? Will he on his first ballot? Does he need 500 home runs and 3,000 hits to guarantee getting in on the first ballot? Should he inducted as a Montreal Expo?