Sep 21, 2011; Boston, MA, USA; Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero (27) prior to a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Vladimir Guerrero announces retirement

Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero has announced his retirement from baseball.  The perennial All-Star and all-around joy to watch Guerrero, made his announcement via Hector Gomez and the Dominican Republic publication Listin Diario.

Translated by MLB Trade Rumors, Guerrero’s message reads:

“I decided to announce my retirement due to my desire to spend more time with my family,” said Guerrero (in Spanish), “as well as because of the two operations that I’ve had on my right knee.”

Vladimir Guerrero had been slowed by his balky knees in recent seasons, but when on was one of the most exciting players to watch on the diamond.  The free swinging Dominican always put on a show, and hit balls ranging from his forehead to his shoe tops, baffling viewers and fans everywhere.

Guerrero also had a fantastic arm, and could seemingly throw out runners anywhere, at any time.  He retires with a career .318 batting average, 449 home runs, 477 doubles, and 181 stolen bases.

As far as excitement and pure, raw talent, Vladimir Guerrero was one of the most fun players to watch when on the field.  One would have to think that the baseball Hall of Fame might be in his future down the road, and that it certainly wouldn’t be a shocker if he were to be selected.

Guerrero played 16 seasons for Montreal, Anaheim, Texas, and Baltimore.

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