Spending the weekend in Cooperstown, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. received a reminder of how much dedication it took his father to earn induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
It was a timely lesson for Guerrero now that minor league baseball’s acclaimed top prospect has entered the next phase of his career.
“I feel really happy that my dad achieved that, that he got there because it showed how much work he did to get there,” Guerrero said through a translator, Toronto Blue Jays mental performance coach Rafael Dubois. “And right now, it’s just keep working, keep working. And I’m happy that I’m here now.”cheap official nike nfl jerseys
Here is Buffalo, where the 19-year-old made his Triple-A debut with the Blue Jays’ top affiliate Tuesday night. And he did so wearing No. 27, the same number his father, Vladimir Guerrero, had during a 16-year major league career capped by his induction on Sunday.
Hitting third, Guerrero drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to left-center with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. The ball was headed for the gap before left fielder Adron Chambers made a diving catch.
Guerrero also walked each of his first three times up, grounded out to second and scored twice in Buffalo’s 11-8 loss.
He made two notable defensive plays at third base in the second inning.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap
Guerrero snagged a hard one-hopper while falling backward, and calmly threw out Joey Meneses. Aaron Altherr, the next batter, hit a high bouncer up the third baseline, which Guerrero backhanded, and he threw a one-hopper to just beat the runner.
Guerrero doesn’t expect his father to see him play in Buffalo because of various commitments with the Los Angeles Angels.
His grandmother, Altagracia Alvino, will continue living with Guerrero as she did in New Hampshire.
He flashed a toothy smile when asked about his grandmother, who cooks for him and does his laundry — “She doesn’t allow me to do it,” he said.
“If I move to China, she comes with me to China,” Guerrero said. “I always get advice from her. She’s there to support me.”