Pedro Guerrero (baseball)

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Pedro Guerrero
First baseman / Outfielder / Third baseman
Born: (1956-06-29) June 29, 1956 (age 58)
San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 22, 1978 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1992 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Batting average .300
Home runs 215
Runs batted in 898
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Pedro Guerrero (born June 29, 1956) is a Dominican former professional baseball player. He played all or part of fifteen seasons in Major League Baseball from 1978 to 1992 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals.

Career[edit]

Writer Bill James called Guerrero "the best hitter God has made in a long time."[1] In the minors, he made all-star teams at both first base and third base.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Originally signed as a free agent by the Indians, Guerrero was acquired by the Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Bruce Ellingsen. He broke into the Dodger lineup as a replacement for the injured Davey Lopes at second base.

Guerrero had five RBIs in the final game of the 1981 World Series, which earned him a piece of the first three-way Series MVP award (sharing the award with Ron Cey and Steve Yeager). In somewhat of a symbol of the insufficient attention he received during his impressive career, he was the only one of the three not to be interviewed during the nationally televised post-game celebration. In 1982, he became the first Dodger to hit 30 home runs and steal 20 bases in a season, and he did it again the following year.

In 1985, Guerrero tied a major league record with 15 home runs in June, and also tied the Los Angeles season record of 33. He reached base 14 consecutive times that year, two short of the record set by Ted Williams, and led the league in slugging, on-base and home run percentage.

Guerrero was an aggressive baserunner but a poor slider. He ruptured a tendon sliding in spring training and missed most of the 1986 season, after which he ran less frequently. But in 1987 he batted .338 and won the UPI's Comeback Player of the Year award. His batting average that year was the highest by any Dodger since the .346 recorded by Tommy Davis in 1962.

The Dodgers shifted him from the outfield to a starter at third base as a replacement for the departing Ron Cey. He also played sporadically at first base as the need arose. Although he gained a reputation for being shaky at third,[1] he was statistically as good as anyone in the league at getting to the ball.

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

During Los Angeles' 1988 championship season, he was traded to the Cardinals for pitcher John Tudor.

In 1989, Guerrero earned serious MVP consideration, batting .311 with 17 home runs, a career-high 117 RBIs and a league-high 42 doubles. His production fell off sharply afterwards. In 1992 a shoulder injury limited him to 43 games, and he finished his major league career batting just .219 with one home run.

Independent leagues and Mexico[edit]

In 1993, after becoming a free agent and not finding a new major league team, Guerrero signed with the independent Sioux Falls Canaries of the Northern League. He split the season between the Canaries and the Charros de Jalisco of the Mexican League. He returned to the Canaries in 1994, then made one more attempt at a comeback in 1995 with the Midland Angels, the Double-A farm team of the California Angels before retiring.

Post-baseball[edit]

In September 1999, Guerrero was arrested for trying to buy 33 pounds of cocaine from an undercover agent. In June 2002, he was acquitted of drug conspiracy charges after his attorney argued his low IQ of 70 prevented him from understanding that he had agreed to a drug deal and that he was borderline retarded. His attorney further argued that Guerrero could not complete basic tasks such as writing a check, making his bed, or buying insurance and that his wife had to place him on a daily monetary allowance.[2] [3]

Guerrero was out of baseball until the winter of 2011 when his former teammate Mike Marshall, then Commissioner of the Arizona Winter League, hired him as a hitting instructor.In 2011. That break led to managing positions in the Mexican minor leagues, an independent minor league in California, and instructional league hitting coach and managing positions in Arizona and Texas. [3]

For 2012, Guerrero was named the manager of the Tijuana Truenos in the top Mexican minor league. [4]

For 2013, Guerrero was named the manager of the Vallejo Admirals in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs.[5] Guerrero was relieved of his manager duties in July when a new ownership group took over the team.

For 2014, Guerrero was named manager of the Rieleros de Frontera in the Liga Del Norte in the city of Monclova in the Mexican minor leagues. [6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Player Profiles: Pedro Guerrero". BaseballLibrary.com. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  2. ^ Four-time All-Star Guerrero acquitted of drug charges, June 7, 2000, Associated Press via CNNSI.com
  3. ^ Arizona Winter League Signs Pedro Guerrero to Coaching Position, January 12, 2011 Our Sports Central]
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Pedro Guerrero introduced as manager of Vallejo Admirals
  6. ^ [2]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dave Parker
Mark Grace
National League Player of the Month
June 1985
August 1989
Succeeded by
Keith Hernandez
Will Clark