If Vladimir Guerrero is elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he will do so wearing a Los Angeles Angels hat.
Per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Guerrero said "since there is no team in Montreal," he would "probably" opt for an Angels hat on his plaque if he joins the list of legendary players in Cooperstown, New York.
Guerrero will be among the first-time eligible players for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017. He had a stellar run with the Angels from 2004-09, which included the American League MVP Award in 2004, when he hit .337/.391/.598 with 39 home runs and 126 RBI.
Yet there's no arguing Guerrero's best seasons came when he was with the Montreal Expos from 1996-2003. He was one of the most dynamic players in the sport, posting back-to-back 30-30 seasons in 2001-02, and he finished one home run shy of joining the exclusive 40-40 club in 2002.
|Team (Seasons)||AVG||OBP||SLG||OPS+||HR||SB||Total Bases||WAR|
|Montreal Expos (1996-2003)||.323||.390||.588||148||234||123||2,211||34.6|
|Los Angeles Angels (2004-09)||.319||.381||.546||141||173||52||1,767||22.8|
|Texas Rangers (2010)||.300||.345||.496||119||29||4||294||1.8|
|Baltimore Orioles (2011)||.290||.317||.416||98||13||2||234||0.2|
In addition to Guerrero's ability with the bat, he had one of the best throwing arms of any right fielder in recent memory.
The already-crowded Baseball Hall of Fame ballot (with holdovers such as Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Barry Bonds) will add Guerrero, Ivan Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and Jorge Posada, among others, next year.
Guerrero is perhaps the most intriguing candidate on that list. He boasts a career slash line of .318/.379/.553 with 449 home runs, 181 stolen bases, nine All-Star selections, the MVP Award and five other top-10 finishes in MVP voting.
Regardless which hat Guerrero wears if he gets elected, he was a superstar for more than a decade and belongs in the hallowed halls of Cooperstown.