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Vladimir Guerrero retires

Hannah Foslien

Head, shoulders, knees and toes is no more.

Lovable slugger Vladimir Guerrero has officially decided to retired from baseball according to Hector Gomez of Listin Diaro (Spanish-link).

Here is the translation from MLB Trade Rumors:

"I decided to announce my retirement due to my desire to spend more time with my family," said Guerrero, "as well as because of the two operations that I've had on my right knee."

Guerrero last appeared in the majors with the Orioles at age 36, hitting .290/.317/.416 in 590 plate appearances. The 38-year old was rumored to play independent league ball in hopes of making it back to the majors to chase 500 career home runs.

The Dominican slugger is one of the best all-around players in the last twenty years. Guerrero hit .318/.379/.553 over the course of his career and had a batting average over .300 in thirteen of his fifteen major league seasons. His strong outfield arm was one of the best in baseball. In 2004 with the Angels, Guerrero was voted the American League MVP.

In his career, Guerrero was best known for his ability to hit any pitch and his time with the Montreal Expos and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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