San Francisco Giants: Barry Bonds and My IBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot

By Michael Saltzman
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Apr 1, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Former Montreal Expos player Vladimir Guerrero salutes the crowd next to Tim Raines during a ceremony before the game between teh Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 1, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Former Montreal Expos player Vladimir Guerrero salutes the crowd next to Tim Raines during a ceremony before the game between teh Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports /

Vladimir Guerrero
59.3 Career WAR, .318/.379/.553/.931, 2590 hits, 449 HR’s, 1496 RBI’s, 181 SB’s

I wasn’t alive during Roberto Clemente‘s Hall of Fame career, so the best arm I ever saw in my lifetime belongs to Vladimir Guerrero. He also has an outstanding hitter, with a lifetime batting average of .318. There never seemed to be any pitch that Guerrero couldn’t get the barrel of his bat to. He seemed to like pitches above his eyes and below his ankles. And he tended to make contact when going after both. Usually, not having to throw a guy a strike is an advantage for the pitcher. However, in Guerrero’s case, there didn’t seem to be a strike zone. His career WAR is also higher than Hall of Famers Willie Stargell, Hank Greenberg and Luis Aparicio.

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