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Vladimir Guerrero headed to Triple-A for first time at age 37

Jun 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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After signing Vladimir Guerrero to a minor-league contract on May 10 the Blue Jays sent the 37-year-old to extended spring training for some workouts and then assigned him to Single-A.

Guerrero predictably destroyed Single-A pitching, going 9-for-20 (.450) with four homers in four games against pitchers 15 years his junior, prompting the Blue Jays to promote him to Triple-A today.

He’ll make his Las Vegas debut Saturday and the hitter-friendly environment gives Guerrero a great opportunity to post some impressive-looking numbers and get back to the majors. Incidentally, this will be the first time Guerrero has ever played at Triple-A, as he jumped from Double-A to the majors as a 21-year-old for the Expos in 1996 and never looked back.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    In Vlad we trust!

  2. ajcardsfan - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    “…as a 21-year-old for the Expos in 1996 and never looked back.”
    I feel like there’s a joke about the non-existence of the Expos in there somewhere

    • 12strikes - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      The joke is “Expos”

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Looking at the upcoming schedule and the interleague games, he probably would be called up on either June 11 or June 25.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      The June 11 game is at home against the team that used to be The Expos! The June 25 game against Boston would be the first game after the inter-league games. As AA got his start in baseball with the Expos, if all goes well at Triple A, Vlad will almost certainly, be in the lineup against the Nationals.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        Yes, the Nats visit Beaver Land for the first time since June 2007.

        When Vlad was young, he didn’t need no stinkin’ AAA. Now, he does.

    • cshearing - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      From what I have read (and seen), AA likes to call guys up to get their first game(s) our of the way on the road. I would not expect a home game. So it might be next weekend versus the Braves in Atlanta.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        That observation only applies only to rookies.

  4. tmohr - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    My first thought was “Vlad skipped Triple-A?”

    Then I checked his minor league stats in the Expos system. Yikes. (Although even then, he was a lousy base-stealer.)

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