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  1. We’ll see you in Cooperstown, Vlad. You’ve got nothing left to prove.

    Comment by Luke M. — June 12, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

  2. I dont know if batting .215 in AAA is proving yourself, but he’s got a good enough track record that I’m sure someone will take him. Guess this means the Jays have decided to stick to Snider then?

    Comment by KJ — June 12, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

  3. Being outperformed badly by Adam Lind does not bode well for your future prospects as a desirable commodity.

    Comment by Radivel — June 12, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  4. That quote seems like something manufactured in OOTP

    Comment by Sandy Kazmir — June 12, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

  5. I’d love to see some team give him one more shot. Vlad is, or was, a great ball player and he definitely deserves a better send-off than this.

    Comment by whocarestom — June 12, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

  6. True. Baseball does not need players who can hit. Guys who can’t make contact but are “willing”” to take a walk, that’s what winning teams want and fans desire to see. Good luck to him, I’m sure he’ll be in the majors before the year is out; or do most GM’s prefer Felix Pie, Endy Chavez, Don Kelly, Jack Wilson, Henry Blanco?

    Guerrero proved he can still hit and, surprisingly, proved he can field. But I suppose Pie and Chavez are so much better, right, they might as well punch their tickets to the HoF. The way hitting keeps falling, soon enogh guys like them will be all-stars.

    Comment by DSC — June 12, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

  7. Jeff Keppinger hasn’t played in a while…and likely will not be back until post-All-Star break. Matsui barely has a role. It could only increase if Scott tanks, or is healthy and takes some time at first in place of Carlos Pena. Matsui certainly isn’t going to take time from a Desmond Jennings/B.J. Upton/Matt Joyce outfield.

    Comment by Lee — June 12, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

  8. Three-to-four weeks for Kepp three weeks ago, and I heard he’s ready to start his rehab. Point wasn’t really about him anyway. And Matsui barely has a role, yes, as the righty half of a platoon DH, but that’s the role that Guerrero would take. Unsure what any of this has to do with the outfield.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — June 12, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  9. Not that it matters, but on Monday (the night that Vlad resigned), he went 4-5 to bring his BA in AAA up to .303.

    Comment by walt526 — June 12, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  10. He hit .314/.424/.739 in AAA.

    Comment by aaron — June 12, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

  11. Nevermind I read the line wrong, that line is OBP/SLG/OPS

    Comment by aaron — June 12, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

  12. It was translated from Spanish. presumably by a robot, and not a person.

    Comment by Carl — June 12, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

  13. Yikes?!

    Comment by prankmunky — June 12, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

  14. I don’t think I’m ready to proclaim that appearing in LF in three minor league games after zero games in the OF in 2011 proves Guerrero can field, especially given the condition of his knees.

    Comment by steex — June 12, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

  15. Is Shelley Duncan a better option than Vlad? His numbers are pretty bad this year (76 wRC+) and he doesn’t exactly have much upside, in my opinion. I think the Indians are a pretty good fit for Vlad, at least if Duncan actually is the right-handed DH option.

    Comment by drewcorb — June 12, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

  16. Yeah, the Indians are probably his best shot if Rays keep Matsui. Especially considering and the fact that they are lefty-heavy.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — June 12, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

  17. You have to think some team would sign him just because future Hall of Famers still generate interest and ticket sales long after their skills have eroded. Guerrero has also never hit below .290. He could at least be a quality pinch hitter, where defense, walks, and baserunning are not quite as important.

    Comment by OzzieGuillen — June 12, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

  18. Mr. DSC, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone reading this page is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    Comment by walt526 — June 12, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

  19. Anybody that is familiar with AA (the Blue Jays GM) would know that he would have been straight up with Vlad.

    Having said that, it would have made no sense to bring Vlad up before the Blue Jays finished their inter-league games.

    He can’t play an outfield position anymore and the Jays have a much better hitter
    at 1st base in Edwin Encarnacion.

    It would only make sense when the Jays return to their AL schedule and then you could DH Guerrero against LHP.

    Comment by STUMP — June 12, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

  20. Punctuation is so fascist. Throw punctuation on this title and you rob it the statement of its’ many possible meanings.

    Punctuation’s a real dick sometimes.

    Comment by Dude3000 — June 12, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

  21. Do you mean “Punctuations a real dick sometimes.”?

    Comment by Dan — June 12, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

  22. He would only mean that if he were attempting to be ironic.

    Comment by steex — June 12, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

  23. Wait, Henry Blanco? You want him to catch for the Dbacks?

    Comment by CharlieW — June 12, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

  24. I hate to be that guy, but I was really disappointed in this article. I came in here under the impression that it was self evident that Vlad is over the hill, and that whether or not he plays in the big leagues again is a non issue. Then freaking Eno Sarris puts up a header that implies that there is a case to be made in favor of playing Vlad on a big league team. But it doesn’t make that case. It just says that there is no case to be made.

    And we all thought that coming in.

    Comment by Jeff Mathis does steroids — June 12, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

  25. Damn. Was hoping to avoid this sentiment by talking about the meanings of free. My response would be that you could read that as “Free Vladimir Guerrero” like it was something you got when you signed up for some web site as a parting gift. That he’s free for anyone who wants him. But I did write about that already, and you didn’t buy it.

    Looks like our “Free Brandon Allen” type headlines have cemented the meaning of ‘free’ in a headline — free him from unwarranted restraints on his playing time.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — June 12, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

  26. bahhh that’s like the 5th time in the last week i’ve seen someone use the Billy Madison line on the interwebs :P

    Comment by DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy — June 12, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

  27. Punctuation fail. On at least two levels.

    Comment by ben — June 12, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

  28. How about Seattle? Miguel Olivo has been craptacular thus far this season. Plus, Jesus Montero has absolutely racked it when put at catcher this season.

    Catcher: 30 for 89 5 doubles, 5 hr, 14RBI, 11 runs, .337/.375/.562
    DH: 24 for 120, 6 doubles, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 12 runs, .200/.240/.300

    Some guys just can’t DH. It’s too hard to stay engaged in the game since you’re basically pinch hitting 4 or 5 times a night. If Seattle signs Vlad they could give him 75 to 80% of the ABs at DH, and then Montero the remaining 25 to 20%.

    If Vlad could give Seattle a happy medium between his 2010 and 2011 numbers then they turn into a .500 ball club. Hell, even 2011 Vlad is much better then any other options they have. I mean, they literally have nothing to lose. Best of all, he’s like ready to go right this instant since he’s already gotten more than enough PAs in the Blue Jays minor league system.

    If not Seattle, then the only other places which make sense are Cleveland and Tampa Bay. Tampa probably should have signed him in the first place seeing as how they have absolutely no use for Matsui with Joyce and Scott already on the roster.

    Comment by Ryan — June 12, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  29. I would think he could fill that role for a Tiger’s team with zero pop on its bench.

    Comment by Marcus Thames — June 12, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

  30. He could help, but that win improvement would be essentially meaningless unless he could draw more fans (which he definitely could). The Mariners would probably view the move as inconsequential.

    Comment by Steve — June 12, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

  31. A RF who doesn’t walk and has no power, with a big arm and a bigger ego? The M’s already pay that guy $18 mil…

    Comment by David G — June 13, 2012 @ 1:52 am

  32. This is the customary send-off for great players who don’t know when to hang it up. Quite a few greater players than Vlad have had worse send-offs than this.

    Comment by Jay Levin — June 13, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

  33. “just because future Hall of Famers still generate interest and ticket sales”

    Is that a given, beyond anecdotal evidence? (Legitimately wondering if a thorough analysis has been conducted.) Even if there is some attendance bump provided by HOF’ers, I would imagine it comes largely from the beloved single-organization, longtime favorites that are sure-fire HOF’ers (Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, and the like) and not the marginal HOF’ers and/or hired guns on the downside of their career (the Vlads, Jim Thomes, and Jim Edmondses of the world that bounce from one organization to the next and play only sporadically in their twilight years). I would think the ‘box office draw’ that Vladimir Guerrero would provide at this point in his career is nil (if it was ever anything to begin with).

    Comment by Jason B — June 13, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

  34. “unless he could draw more fans (which he definitely could).”

    Again, I have to wonder – is this a given? Would anyone who wasn’t planning to attend a game suddenly pay to come watch Vlad play for a sub-.500 team when the odds that he will play on any given night are maybe 50/50, and the odds that he will look like anything other than a shell of his former self be less than that?

    I have to believe that the more hardcore baseball fans are probably coming out to watch most games regardless, the casual fan isn’t going to be wooed to the ballpark by Vlad Guerrero, and the non-fan says “Who?? Let’s go play some frisbee golf!”

    Comment by Jason B — June 13, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

  35. I would love to see you down here in Tampa Vlad’o. They are giving Matsui every chance but he just looks washed up.

    Comment by JDub — June 13, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

  36. Except, the difference is Vlad will be next to free and still managed to hit 13 HR last season despite having no power.

    Plus, one of, if not the biggest assets of signing Vlad is that it moves Montero to be the primary catcher where his numbers are infinitely better than when he is at DH. I mean, even a washed up Vlad is better then having to put Miguel Olivo in the line up or having John Jaso, who is a pretty solid hitter against righties, be your DH. I mean, it’s hard to take a ball club seriously who does that.

    Comment by Ryan — June 14, 2012 @ 2:40 am

  37. I disagree somewhat, Jason.

    If Vlad could post numbers halfway in between his 2010 and 2011 seasons then I know I would definitely fork over some cash on a boring summer weeknight for a left field bleachers seat to have the chance to see or even catch a signature Vlad bomb that he hit on an ankles-high pitch.

    Plus, with him taking over full-time DH duties that not only moves Montero to catcher, where he is a much better offensive player, but it also gives Montero some more protection in the line up. Even in his old age, Vlad is still more intimidating than Justin Smoak based on reputation alone.

    Comment by Ryan — June 14, 2012 @ 2:48 am

  38. Thanks for the memories. Montreal will never forget.

    Comment by Bubbeh — June 16, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

  39. Montero DHing is about his abilities as catcher, or lack thereof, and not about which potion he hits better in. Not many see Montero as a major league catcher. That’s why he DHs.

    Comment by Josh — June 16, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

  40. Vlad should definitely be catching. It’s his natural position!

    Just seeing him out there in a crouch, showing his defensive prowess… you’ll never forget it.

    Comment by B N — June 18, 2012 @ 11:15 am

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