Hat's off to Vlad: Guerrero first to wear Angels cap into Hall


BC-BBO-Guerrero-Angels Cap, 3rd Ld-Writethru, 512Hat's off to Vlad: Guerrero 1st to wear Angels cap into HallAP Photo NYFF102, NYFF103, NYFF115, NY184, NY180Eds: Updates with Guerrero quotes.

Just because he spent more time with the Expos than in Anaheim, it's not like he didn't accomplish anything during his California days.

NEW YORK (AP) - Vladimir Guerrero is going into the Hall of Fame with a halo over his head.

Former Montreal Expos outfielder Vladimir Guerrero has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Guerrero made the announcement Thursday, a day after he was elected to the Hall by an overwhelming margin. He still starred and built his Hall of Fame case in Anaheim, however, winning his lone MVP Award for the Angels and making multiple postseason appearances.

The Hall gets the final say on how a player is depicted in Cooperstown. The Expos are now the Washington Nationals.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Guerrero played 16 seasons in the Major League Baseball, starting his career playing in Montreal from 1996 to 2003. He said his run with the Expos was a time "I'll never forget, very special years for me". Inspired by concerns that future Hall of Famers may cut deals with teams regarding their cap choice - as Wade Boggs reportedly tried to do with the Devil Rays - The Hall's approval process merely requires that the player's choice not represent a distortion of the player's historical legacy. And for Expos fans who are upset, you still have Gary Carter, Andre Dawson and Tim Raines representing your club. He was inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame last summer. We are proud and privileged that he becomes the first player enshrined in Cooperstown wearing the Angels logo. His.323 batting average is far and away the highest of any Expos player. Jim Thome will have a few more choices inasmuch as he starred for multiple teams, but given that he played for the Indians for more than three times as long as any of his other teams, it'll likely be a Cleveland cap.

Guerrero hit 34 or more home runs and drove in 100 or more runs each season between 1998 and 2002 for Montreal, topping out with 44 homers in 2000 and 131 RBI the year before.