Uncle Charlie Yakker's Baseball Rants

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Vladdy, not a HOFer yet!

Angels fans love the stud player in right field, Vladimir Guerrero. Some fans are already considering him as one of the greatest baseball players of all-time.

I disagree.

There is no question that Vlad is an awesome hitter. There is no question that IN TIME he MAY be considered one of the best of all time.

Before he's given a free pass to Cooperstown, consider the fact that it only takes one injury to a wonderful career. Don't forget that Vlad is making more money this year than his grandkids could ever spend. If the Angels go on a run and win the WS this year, who’s to say that he doesn't take the money and go back home. If the Angels go in the dumps, his automatic enshrinement could disappear quicker than a box of doughnuts in a police department squad room.

I guess the point I am trying to make is the fact that he is a very good player, (MVP, obviously) but he would need to continue the current pace for several more years to be considered "one of the greatest of all time".

Having that said, the fan from Canada would remember Vladdy's past. I seem to remember Vlad always being a total stud on the diamond, but there was a time he was considered to be fragile (or some might say, he had no heart), when he was playing on a very poor Expo's team. Am I the only one that remembers these early days?

I beg to differ that he's one of the greatest of all time. I would consider him about 6-8 All-Star type seasons away from HOF consideration. I would consider him at least ONE World Series title away from any historic notoriety. There have been a lot of players, playing a lot of years at an elite level that has never been considered for the HOF. Many men fall into the darkness of baseball history.

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