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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Newsbeat

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Rising sons give rebuilding Blue Jays reason for optimism

The Toronto Blue Jays feel good about four rising sons who made big strides in 2019 and figure to become lineup fixtures moving forward.

The pitching, however, remains a work in progress.

The Blue Jays went 67-95, six games worse than last year. It was Toronto’s first 90-loss season since 2004, and their poorest performance since a 95-loss showing in 1980.

One silver lining? Strong performances from four players with famous fathers, including two sons of Hall of Famers.


QLE Posted: October 01, 2019 at 01:08 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, bo bichette, cavan biggio, lourdes gurriel, vladimir guerrero jr.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Austin Hays absolutely robs Blue Jays of back-to-back-to-back homers

The Toronto Blue Jays were on the cusp of quite the accomplishment Thursday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

After Cavan Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. both slapped solo home runs to centre field before him in the top of the fourth inning, Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. got all of a Gabriel Ynoa offering. It looked like he was going to give the Blue Jays back-to-back-to-back dingers and a 3-1 advantage.

That’s when Austin Hays showed up to make one of the season’s finest grabs.

The 24-year-old extended his arm well over the wall and brought the ball right back into the park before rightfully pounding his chest in celebration.

Absolutely, Mr. Gallagher?

Positively, Mr. Shean!

QLE Posted: September 20, 2019 at 12:39 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: austin hays, fielding, vladimir guerrero jr.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

MLB’s First-Year Stars Are Historically Great This Season

As happened with NFL quarterbacks and pro tennis players, the traditional learning curve for Major League Baseball hitters has been re-drawn, if not outright obliterated. Apprenticeships no longer are required.

For a second consecutive year, first-year players are dominating baseball in numbers like we’ve never seen before. In the footsteps of Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna Jr., Gleyber Torres, Shohei Ohtani and others last season, Pete Alonso, Yordan Alvarez, Vlad Guerrero Jr., Eloy Jimenez, Fernando Tatis Jr. and their fellow freshmen are blowing up the idea that young hitters can’t be trusted until they are allowed time and reps to adjust to big league pitching. This is the era of Plug-and-Play Superstars.

Until last season, there had never been a season in which more than five first-year players hit 15 home runs. Then seven freshmen did so last year. And so far this season, 10 can claim the Freshman 15.


Set aside for now the more aerodynamic baseball, which this season is inflating home run numbers. This young hitters trend began a few years ago and has just exploded this year. The game is getting younger because the numbers show young hitters can be trusted–in many cases, more than older players.

So, how much do we buy this particular argument, and, if not, where do we see issues?


QLE Posted: September 10, 2019 at 01:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., home runs, pete alonso, rookies, vladimir guerrero jr.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

NYTimes: Abuela, Chef, Boss: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s Grandmother Feeds the Majors

The brown sugar bubbled in the pan. The marinated goat meat sizzled when added. Spoonfuls of olives and capers were heaped into the mixture. Then Altagracia Alvino, who can make this dish with her eyes closed, froze.

“Did I put spice in here?” she whispered to herself in Spanish.

Alvino, 66, was careful to make as little noise as possible because it was 7:22 a.m., and her husband and her 20-year-old grandson, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., one of baseball’s brightest young stars, were asleep in their rooms of the family’s Toronto apartment. The familiar scent of cooking meat was unavoidable, though.

Silver hair in a net, Alvino leaned in to inspect the meat, decided it indeed lacked kick and reached for a package of crushed red pepper. She had plenty of time to perfect the feast of white rice, stewed beans and goat before Guerrero awakened at 11 a.m. and quickly departed for Rogers Centre, carrying bags of the food to share with both his Blue Jays teammates and their opponents.

Alvino may be the most popular and powerful grandmother in baseball. For about two decades, she has filled the bellies of hundreds of players, most of them Latin Americans far from home. Eating her comfort food is a tradition that has become especially popular among players from the family’s homeland, the Dominican Republic.

A few have come to call Alvino “abuela,” or Grandma, yet most have never met her. She was there for every step in the career of her son Vladimir Guerrero Sr., who was enshrined in the Hall of Fame last year, and now she oversees his son’s.

I knew that Vlad Sr. had lived with his mom for a long while in Montreal, but I had no clue she cooked for so much of the major leagues!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to undergo MRI after leaving game vs. Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays rookie sensation Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will undergo an MRI after leaving Saturday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, manager Charlie Montoyo revealed to reporters post-game.

“He felt a little tweak in his knee so we took him out just in case. So he’s going to get an MRI to make sure he’s fine. I’ll know more about it tomorrow,” Montoyo said.

Montoyo added that he would pull anyone that complains about an injury as a precautionary measure, especially considering where the team is at this juncture of the season.

I have to wonder- is it his build that seems to be making him susceptible to injury, or something else?


QLE Posted: August 18, 2019 at 03:55 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: knee, vladimir guerrero jr.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Pete Alonso wins 2019 Home Run Derby |

They finally have the format right. Very entertaining!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2019 at 07:47 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, joc pederson, peter alonso, vladimir guerrero jr.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to Participate in Home Run Derby

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will follow in his father’s footsteps and participate in the Home Run Derby next month in Cleveland, MLB Network’s Hazel Mae reports.

The Blue Jays’ rookie third baseman is the son of Hall of Fame outfielder Vlad Sr., who played for the Montreal Expos for the first eight years of his 16-year MLB career. The senior Guerrero won the 2007 Derby at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

Guerrero Jr. has hit seven homers since the 20-year-old made his highly-anticipated MLB debut in April. He is batting .249 with 17 runs. He was ranked the No. 1 prospect in Major League Baseball before his debut and has been a spectacle all season since his first at-bat.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 21, 2019 at 09:44 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: vladimir guerrero jr.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Atkins: Charlie Montoyo made decision to sit Vlad Jr. on Victoria Day

A not-insignificant chunk of Toronto’s baseball fanbase were collectively rattled over the Blue Jays’ decision to rest its star 19-year-old rookie slugger for a divisional game versus the Red Sox on Monday — which happened to be a national holiday right across the country.

President Mark Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins found themselves in front of the social media flamethrower after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was given the day off during one of the team’s most attended home games of the season.

On Monday, Atkins tried to, uhhh, take some of the blame for the situation, I think? But in the process he threw manager Charlie Montoyo directly under the bus.

“Yeah, I mean, really it’s Charlie’s (Montoyo’s) process. There’s a lot of things to factor in those decisions and we ask for a lot to be factored in,” Atkins said to reporters.

Ever get the feeling that the management of the response makes the problem much worse than if they did nothing?

QLE Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, charlie montoyo, victoria day, vladimir guerrero jr.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


Toronto Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first MLB home run on Tuesday. In doing so, he bested a record previously held by…Danny Ainge.

With his home run, Guerrero became the youngest player in franchise history to hit a round tripper. The record was previously held by Ainge (H/T Sarah Langs, MLB).



QLE Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, danny ainge, vladimir guerrero jr.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Here’s Michael Chavis’s chief competition in the AL Rookie of the Year race

Far be it from a fan of Boston sports to overreact to a handful of games, but Red Sox infielder Michael Chavis is already making a case for Rookie of the Year.

This is pretty wild, because Chavis isn’t even a year removed from serving an 80-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and also because he opened the season at Triple A Pawtucket. The Red Sox only summoned him on April 20 after a rash of injuries felled infielders Dustin Pedroia, Eduardo Nunez, and Brock Holt.

Hitting only .250 with the PawSox but exhibiting tremendous power with four homers in 12 games, Chavis has made the most of what could’ve been a cameo.

He owns six home runs and a .309 average in 16 games, and the shots he’s hitting are absolute bombs. His average home run has traveled 429 feet. As a means of comparison, when Mookie Betts finished second in the 2016 MVP voting while slamming 31 homers, the longest ball he hit covered only 428 feet.

Given how early in the season this is and the increased tendency to delay when rookies enter the majors, isn’t this rather premature?


Monday, May 06, 2019

Vladdy Report: Phenom’s bat still waiting to take off

The Vladimir Guerrero Jr. era is officially on, but we’re still waiting for its first signature moment or game.

Vladdy did drive in his first run, but it’s hard to feel too enthusiastic about a week where he registered just two hits - neither for extra bases. There’s no reason for concern at this point as the 20-year-old continues to show an advanced approach at the plate, and despite a wobble or two in the field he’s looked OK at third.

If anything, the phenom’s slow start has created a sense of suspense around him. It’s pretty clear that breaking out is a matter of “when” not “if” and every at-bat has increased stakes because there’s a question of whether it will be the one where Vladdy puts one over the wall for the first time.

Although you couldn’t argue that suspense is more fun than if he was just raking, it’s the silver lining to this cloud. The whole Vladdy saga has been a test of this fanbase’s tolerance for delayed gratification, waiting a little longer for him to heat up is nothing compared to waiting for him to appear.

So, Small Sample Size Theatre at play, or something more important?


QLE Posted: May 06, 2019 at 04:06 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: vladimir guerrero jr.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Ten years after his father left Anaheim, fans welcome the stranger in Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — They came to welcome the stranger, barely more than a child.

I saw your daddy, they would say. I saw him and he was special. He was different. Covered in pine tar and calluses, crackling with power and ferocity, otherwise awash in felicity, he was just different.

But you know that.

I wore a jersey with his name on it, they would say. Your name. Imagine that. Sat in these very seats and watched him top-spin balls into gaps, backspin them into forever, and watched him chase baseballs with uncommon, loping audacity. And even, they would say, watched you toddle behind him, lugging a life-sized bat in your tiny arms when I could get to the ballpark early enough to see.

When did Jay McInerney become a sports journalist?


QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 05:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, vladimir guerrero jr.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Brett Anderson becomes first pitcher to face both Vladimir Guerrero and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Brett Anderson is 31 years of age, so he’s not that old.

But he made his major league debut in 2009 at age 21, pitching for four different teams, so he has faced his fair amount of batters.

On Saturday when he started against the Toronto Blue Jays for the Oakland Atheletics, Anderson had the distinct honor of being the first pitcher to face both Vladimir Guerrero and his son, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who made his much-anticipated big league debut on Friday.

Pondering two different points in connection with this:

1) How many pitchers have a chance to have pitched against both the Vladimirs Guerrero;

2) How this would compare to other father-son duos- I suspect the Griffeys would hold this record, but I could well be wrong.


QLE Posted: April 28, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, vladimir guerrero, vladimir guerrero jr.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to make MLB debut Friday

April 24 (UPI)—Vladimir Guerrero Jr., considered one of the top prospects in baseball, is heading to the MLB.

The Toronto Blue Jays will call up Guerrero on Friday and he is expected to make his major league debut, the team announced Wednesday.

“We plan to call up Vladimir Guerrero for Friday’s game,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters. “We’re planning to. Will he play? Yes.

“It’s a big moment for the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s the number one prospect in baseball and he’s coming on Friday. It’s a big moment for us. Hopefully he becomes what everybody thinks he can become and that’s gonna be good for all of us.”

Is this the dawning of the Age of Guerrero?


QLE Posted: April 25, 2019 at 05:50 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, prospects, vladimir guerrero jr.

The most-anticipated debuts in MLB history

Gregg Jefferies, Mets—Sept. 6, 1987

Former Mets manager Davey Johnson once stated that Jefferies could hit .300 standing on his head, and those were the expectations for the California native after the Mets drafted him 20th overall in 1985. Jefferies was the first two-time winner of Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year Award and graced the publication’s cover five times before he reached the big leagues, thanks in large part to his .353/.401/.549 slash line across Class A and Double-A in 1986. The Mets brought Jefferies up from Double-A just 36 days after his 20th birthday, but he found the majority of his success—including two All-Star seasons—later on with the Cardinals and Phillies.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2019 at 05:50 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: vladimir guerrero jr.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Blue Jays super prospect Guerrero feels ready for majors

BUFFALO, N.Y. — While saying he’s ready to make his major league debut, Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero didn’t need a translator to insist he’s not frustrated over still playing in the minors.

“No. No,” Guerrero said before continuing in Spanish on Friday.

Interpreter Jesse Guerrero, who’s no relation to the player, then completed what the 20-year-old bopper said by adding: “He continues to play 100 per cent. And when the time comes for the call, he’ll welcome it.”

So, given his injury at the start of the season, why are they still stalling?

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:16 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.




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