If you are a fan of baseball, you may have heard of the names Pedro Guerrero and Vladimir Guerrero. Both are former MLB players who had impressive careers and won several awards. But are they related to each other? And what about Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the current star of the Toronto Blue Jays? In this article, we will explore the family ties and the legacy of the Guerreros in baseball.
Pedro Guerrero: The first baseman/outfielder
Pedro Guerrero was born on June 29, 1956, in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic. He was discovered by scout Reggie Otero, who signed him to the Cleveland Indians in 1972. He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974, where he spent most of his career. He also played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1988 to 1992.
Guerrero was a five-time All-Star, a World Series champion and MVP in 1981, and a Silver Slugger Award winner in 1982. He was known for his power and versatility, playing mainly first base and outfield, but also third base and second base. He had a career batting average of .300, with 215 home runs and 898 RBIs.
Vladimir Guerrero: The right fielder/designated hitter
Vladimir Guerrero was born on February 9, 1975, in Nizao, Dominican Republic. He is the younger brother of Wilton Guerrero, who also played in the MLB. He was signed by the Montreal Expos in 1993, and made his debut in 1996. He played for the Expos until 2003, then joined the Anaheim Angels/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2004 to 2009. He also played for the Texas Rangers in 2010 and the Baltimore Orioles in 2011.
Guerrero was a nine-time All-Star, an AL MVP in 2004, an eight-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and an Angels Hall of Fame member. He was one of the most feared hitters in baseball, with a remarkable ability to hit pitches outside the strike zone. He had a career batting average of .318, with 449 home runs and 1,496 RBIs. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.: The first baseman/designated hitter/third baseman
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the son of Vladimir Guerrero Sr. and a nephew of Wilton Guerrero. He was born on March 16, 1999, in Montreal, Canada, while his father was playing for the Expos. He is a Canadian citizen and speaks both English and French. He was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays as an international free agent in 2015, and made his debut in 2019.
Guerrero Jr. is one of the best hitters in the current MLB, with a combination of power and average. He is a three-time All-Star, an All-MLB First Team member, a Gold Glove Award winner, a Silver Slugger Award winner, and an AL Hank Aaron Award winner. He led the MLB in home runs (48), runs scored (123), and total bases (363) in 2021. He was also the youngest MVP in All-Star Game history in 2021.
The answer is no. Pedro Guerrero and Vladimir Guerrero are not related to each other by blood or marriage. They share a common surname, but they come from different regions of the Dominican Republic. They also have different physical features and playing styles.
However, they do have some connections besides baseball. Pedro Guerrero is friends with Manny Mota, who was a mentor to Vladimir Guerrero Sr. when he was young. Pedro Guerrero also helped Vladimir Guerrero Jr. when he was training as a teenager.
The legacy of the Guerreros
Despite not being related, Pedro Guerrero and Vladimir Guerrero have left a lasting impact on baseball and their country. They are both considered among the best Dominican players of all time, and have inspired many young players to follow their footsteps.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., meanwhile, is continuing the family tradition and making his own name in the MLB. He is already one of the most exciting players to watch, and has a bright future ahead of him.
The Guerreros may not be a blood family, but they are a baseball family that has made history and will continue to do so for years to come.