Guerrero said that he intends to spend more time with his family, especially with his 14-year-old son, who's unsurprisingly playing baseball (like father, like son). Guerrero also said that the two surgeries on his right knee were also part of the reason why he decided to call it a career at 38 years old.
The last time Guerrero saw action as a major leaguer was in 2011, when he played 145 games for the Orioles and batted .290 with 13 homers, 30 doubles and over 60 runs driven in. 13 homers is a career-low for Guerrero, as well as his .290 batting average and .317 on-base percentage. Without any doubt, 2011 was his worst season as an everyday player. His numbers in 2011 were actually worse than those he posted while playing for the Angels in 2009, when he was limited to just 100 games thanks to a knee injury.
In May of last year, Guerrero signed as a free agent with the Blue Jays, but was released a month later at his own request. The Blue Jays apparently didn't have any plans of bringing him up to the big league club, and apparently he wasn't ready to stay any longer in the Blue Jays' minor league system. Earlier this year, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Guerrero had signed with an Independent League team, but that signing was never made official. Guerrero was trying to make it back to the big leagues and make a run at the 500-homer plateau, but with his retirement now official, it looks like he will settle for 449 homers.
Guerrero's resume includes 9 All-Star Team selections, as well as the 2004 AL MVP. "Vlady" also earned 7 Silver Sluggers, and led the league in hits in 2002 with 206. He twice led the league in OF assists, helped by his strong, unprecedented arm.
When asked if he acknowledged that there was a possibility he made the Hall of Fame, Guerrero said that "it's still too early to talk about that. I understand that I had a good career, but that will be a decision that won't depend on me. Writers will have the last saying on that matter," he said.
As part of a number of accomplishments as an MLB player, Guerrero had the twelfth longest hitting streak at 31 games in 1999, and he also batted for the cycle on September 14, 2003, or 10 years ago, for that matter. 5 years from now, Guerrero will carry a .318 career-batting-average, with 449 homers, 477 doubles, 1496 runs batted in, and over 2500 hits with the Montreal Expos, The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles.
With this resume, do you think Vladimir Guerrero deserves a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame? Answer below.