Even at the age of 40, Vladimir Guerrero can still crush the long ball.
The beautiful swing with no batting gloves, it’s still there.
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The former MLB all-star returned to the field as one of five participants in the first-ever Caribbean Series Home Run Derby in the Dominican Republic Wednesday and he was the star of show, despite being eliminated after the first round with just three home runs.
“I didn’t think I was going to hit one home run, but thank God I hit three,” Guerrero told Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. “It’s been a while since I retired, and I’m really happy.”
Guerrero, who hit 449 career home runs in 16 MLB seasons with the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, will be eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time next year.
The Guerrero family still has a strong presence in the baseball world, as 16-year-old prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. signed with the Toronto Blue Jays this past summer and Vladimir Sr.’s nephews, Gregory Guerrero and Jose Guerrero, are in the minors with the New York Mets. Another family member, Josue Guerrero, is expected to land a deal during the next international signing period, which begins on July 2, 2016.
Former Cincinnati Reds prospect Felix Perez ended up winning the event.