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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Newsbeat

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.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reportedly called up to Triple-A

The top prospect in baseball just took another step closer to seeing a major-league field, according to a report from MLB Pipeline.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had his spring training cut short this March after an oblique strain forced him to miss more than half the month’s worth of games. He spent the rest of the spring in minor-league camp rehabbing the injury, and made a short four-game appearance with the high-A Dunedin Blue Jays once the season started.

Guerrero went 4-for-15 in his quick time with Dunedin, and apparently looked healthy enough to now head north and join the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, according to Jesse Sanchez.

I’m trying to remember- how much longer do they keep him in Buffalo before the service time game pays off?


QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: buffalo, triple a, vladimir guerrero jr.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Vlad Jr. strains left oblique, out 3 weeks | Toronto Blue Jays

OK, he’s out for three weeks then they have him rehab in AAA. Does this help them finagle his service time?

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is expected to miss the next three weeks, after he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his left oblique muscle.
The 20-year-old third baseman technically was competing for a spot on the 25-man roster but all along the expectation was that Guerrero would start the year at Triple-A Buffalo. If the Blue Jays delayed his arrival in Toronto by a few weeks, the club would have gained an extra year of control, and this latest injury all but officially guarantees that will be the course of action.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2019 at 10:00 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, injuries, prospects, vladimir guerrero jr.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Stay down or come up: Vlad Jr. not sweating service-time drama

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The second hop is the unpredictable one, the devilish one that demands whole commitment before plotting its escape.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on Friday morning shook his glove at the beast. He jabbed at it, sassed it, made amends, caressed it, cradled it, glared at it and then into the sky.

Nearing noon, his shadow beginning to pool beneath him, he stood at third base and introduced himself again and again to the second hop, the darting, top-spinning, infield lip-seeking evil that, for all we know, brought the protective cup to the masses.

The fungoes drew him to his backhand side, to the bag, and he hung back or he charged, and the second hops stayed down or came up depending on their mood, and young Vladdy asked his eyes and feet and glove (and cup) to be sure.

A consideration of a player waiting for his time to come.


QLE Posted: March 09, 2019 at 03:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Friday, March 01, 2019

MLBPA keeping an eye on Blue Jays possibly manipulating Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.’s service time

On Tuesday, Blue Jays GM said on MLB Network Radio about super-prospect and third baseman Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., “I just don’t see him as a major league player.” It was seen as a precursor for Guerrero — son of the Hall of Famer who played for the Expos — to begin the season in the minors for the first two weeks or so of the regular season, a common theme with baseball’s top prospects. MLB Pipeline deems Guerrero the No. 1 prospect in baseball ahead of Fernando Tatis, Jr. and Eloy Jiménez.

The way service time works, teams are incentivized to hold their best players in the minor leagues for the first 10 games or so. In doing so, the player is unable to accrue a full year of service time, which means the team gets to control that player for an extra year, delaying his eligbility for free agency. Typically, a player’s first three years in the majors are known as “pre-arbitration years,” which results in being paid the league minimum or slightly above. Then a player has three years of arbitration eligibility which typically sees the player make a significant jump in salary. After six years, a player finally becomes eligible for free agency.

Technically speaking, teams are not allowed to fudge with their players’ service time, as they would be acting in bad faith. However, intent is notoriously difficult to prove, so teams skirt around the issue by making up nebulous reasoning to keep a star prospect in the minors. Usually, the representative says the player needs to work on his defense. That’s what the Cubs said about Kris Bryant in 2015 when they had him start the year at Triple-A despite torching minor league pitching in 2014 and follow up with an even more bonkers spring training showing. Bryant said he saw three ground balls in games before he was called up to the majors after the cut-off that granted the Cubs another year of control over him.

True, but tempting to view in the manner of Boss Tweed via Thomas Nast:


QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mlbpa, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. not a major leaguer, still needs to develop, says Jays’ GM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins is trying hard to sell fans on the idea that Vladimir Guerrero isn’t one of the club’s 25 best players right now.

Atkins on Tuesday cited Guerrero’s age - and attempted a string of other explanations - to tamp down expectations that Guerrero will come north with the big club next month.

“Our vision is it really comes down to development, so I just don’t see him as a major league player, right? You just pencil him in, it’s done,” Atkins told MLB Network Radio. “He’s 19.”

Let’s see if they still believe that come May.


QLE Posted: February 27, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, ross atkins, vladimir guerrero jr.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Kris Bryant: MLB’s service time manipulation is ‘awful’

Despite all signs pointing towards the contrary, two of baseball’s top prospects — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) and Eloy Jiménez (White Sox) — are not expected to make their team’s Opening Day rosters. The reasoning behind the move? Service time manipulation.

Players receive MLB service time for every day they spend on a team’s active roster and/or injured list. One year of service time equates to 172 days spent on an active roster/injured list; for reference, MLB’s regular season is 187 days long. After six years of MLB service time, a player is eligible for free agency.

Essentially, the Blue Jays and White Sox will gain another year of control over Guerrero Jr. and Jimenez by keeping them in the minor leagues to start the 2019 season. Kris Bryant, of course, is no stranger to this.

A few words on service-time games, from one who has experienced them directly.


QLE Posted: February 26, 2019 at 05:41 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: corruption, eloy jimenez, kris bryant, service time, vladimir guerrero jr.




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