Guerrero begins Hall of Fame career by signing with Expos
“I knew I would be signed,” Guerrero told Sports Illustrated in 2000. “There are so many teams. The Dodgers thought I had a long swing and I was slow, which I was because I was fat. I started to lose weight in the Dodgers’ camp because I was practicing two times a day.”
As a child growing up in Nizao Bani, Dominican Republic, Guerrero began playing baseball at a young age, often using sticks for bats and lemons wrapped in rags for balls. His brother Wilton, who would ultimately play eight seasons in the big leagues, was signed by the Dodgers in October 1991.
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Guerrero was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.
Janey Murray is the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum