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Pedro Guerrero

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 195 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

"The best hitter God has made in a long time." - Bill James

Baseball guru Bill James called Pedro Guerrero the best hitter of the 1980s. Pedro had it all - a high batting average (.300 lifetime), high on-base percentage, power, good stolen-base percentage, and above-average range in the outfield.

When the Los Angeles Dodgers tried to move him to third base (something they have tried to do to many outfielders in Dodger history), his range factor at third was decent but the Dodgers apparently felt he made too many errors. Whatever the numbers say, he could never shake off a reputation as an atrocious fielder, both in the outfield and at third base, which is why he ended his career as a first baseman.

In a classic (and probably apocryphal) tale, manager Tommy Lasorda was talking to Guerrero about how to field third base at a time when Steve Sax was having his problems at second base - and it went something like this:

"Tommy: Pedro, suppose the bases are loaded. What are you thinking about the next hitter? Pedro: I'm thinking 'Don't hit it to me'. Tommy: Come on, what else are you thinking? Pedro: I'm thinking 'Don't hit it to Saxxy either'."

He was third in the MVP voting three times - twice with the Dodgers and once with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was World Series co-MVP in 1981, when the Dodgers won the World Series. He was also a key member of the division-winning Dodger teams in 1983 and 1985, and was part of the 1988 Dodgers who went on to win the World Series until he was traded to the Cardinals (for pitcher John Tudor) in mid-season - at the time he was hitting .298 with a good on-base percentage but not much power.

His departure was hastened by the arrival of a new teammate. That year the Dodgers were led by the fiery Kirk Gibson, who won the NL MVP award and hit a legendary World Series home run. Oil and water mix together better than Pedro and Kirk.

He was acquitted of drug charges in 2000.

The two most similar players through 2006, according to the similarity scores method, are Rico Carty and Ben Oglivie, although Pedro has a higher Adjusted OPS+ than either of them.

Guerrero's half-brother, Domingo Michel, was a minor league and CPBL outfielder from 1984-1999 and coached for the DSL White Sox in 2010.

Guerrero, who was born in 1956, played quite a few seasons in the minors - with a career minor league batting average of .319. He started in the minors in 1973, becoming a major league regular only in 1980, and after his major league days he played in the minors and independent ball from 1993 to 1995.

He managed the Vallejo Admirals to begin the 2013 Pacific Association season, but was replaced by Tito Fuentes, Jr. partway through the year.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 5-time NL All-Star (1981, 1983, 1985, 1987 & 1989)
  • 1981 World Series MVP
  • NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1982/OF)
  • NL On-Base Percentage Leader (1985)
  • NL Slugging Percentage Leader (1985)
  • NL OPS Leader (1985)
  • NL Doubles Leader (1989)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 4 (1982, 1983, 1985 & 1987)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1982, 1983 & 1985)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 3 (1982, 1983 & 1989)
  • Won a World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981

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