Guerrero’s legendary hitting skill spanned his whole career
But that didn’t mean that Guerrero’s presence in the Orioles lineup was anything less than inspiring.
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In 16 seasons, Guerrero hit .318 with 449 home runs, 1,496 RBI, 181 stolen bases and 2,590 hits. A nine-time All-Star, Guerrero won the 2004 American League Most Valuable Player Award with the Angels and earned eight Silver Slugger Awards for his play in right field – where his legendary arm intimidated baserunners for years – and as a designated hitter.
“His hand-eye coordination was amazing, and pitchers always knew that,” said Mickey Hatcher, who was Guerrero’s hitting coach with the Angels. “To extend a pitch on him that he couldn’t hit, you’d have to throw a pitch the catcher couldn’t catch.”
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum