Vladimir Guerrero signs with Long Island Ducks
Potential Hall-of-Fame OF/DH Vladimir Guerrero has signed with the Long Island Ducks. He will take his 2,590 Major League hits and and 449 MLB home runs to Central Islip, NY to begin the Atlantic League season. It’s come out that Guerrero was mulling his options between the Ducks, the Revolution (who had also been in serious negotiations with him), and the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League, due to the emotional factor of his MLB debut and time spent in the French-speaking Provence with the Montreal Expos.
John Walk, York Revolution beat reporter for The York Dispatch has a nice write-up of the signing on his blog, Revolution Rumblings, which includes some interesting quotes from Revs Manager Mark Mason and Baseball Operations Manager Andrew Ball. Please check it out.
Guerrero played in the Majors for the Montreal Expos (’96-’03), Anaheim Angels (’04-’09), Texas Rangers (2010) and the Baltimore Orioles (2011). Last season, he appeared in a handful of minor league games in the Toronto Blue Jays organization as he attempts to return to the Majors. He’s now 38. The Dominican Republic native was first called up to the big leagues in 1996 from the nearby Double-A Harrisburg Senators.
The Ducks visit Sovereign Bank Stadium fairly early: They have a three-game series in York May 3-5, barely 10 games into the season. That is also the first time the Revs play the Ducks this year.