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Pedro Guerrero
Infielder / Outfielder
Born: June 29, 1956 (1956-06-29) (age 53)
San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 22, 1978 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1992 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Batting average     .300
Home runs     215
Runs batted in     898
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Pedro Guerrero (born June 29, 1956 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball player who spent his career (1978-1992) with the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Sioux Falls Canaries (Independent baseball team) from 1993-1994.

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Career

Writer Bill James called Guerrero "the best hitter God has made in a long time."[1] In the minors, he made all-star teams at both first base and third base.

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Los Angeles Dodgers

Originally signed as a free agent by the Indians, Guerrero was acquired by the Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Bruce Ellingsen. He broke into the Dodger lineup as a replacement for the injured Davey Lopes at second base.

Guerrero had five RBIs in the final game of the 1981 World Series, which earned him a piece of the first three-way Series MVP award (sharing the award with Ron Cey and Steve Yeager). In 1982, he became the first Dodger to hit 30 home runs and steal 20 bases in a season, and he did it again the following year.

In 1985, Guerrero tied a major league record with 15 home runs in June, and also tied the Los Angeles season record of 33. He reached base 14 consecutive times that year, two short of the record set by Ted Williams, and led the league in slugging, on-base and home run percentage.

Guerrero was an aggressive baserunner but a poor slider. He ruptured a tendon sliding in spring training and missed most of the 1986 season, after which he ran less frequently. But in 1987 he batted .338 and won the UPI's Comeback Player of the Year award. His batting average that year was the highest by any Dodger since the .348 recorded by Tommy Davis in 1962.

The Dodgers shifted him from the outfield to a starter at third base as a replacement for the departing Ron Cey. He also played sporadically at first base as the need arose. Although he gained a reputation for being shaky at third,[1] he was statistically as good as anyone in the league at getting to the ball.

St. Louis Cardinals

During Los Angeles' 1988 championship season, he was traded to the Cardinals for pitcher John Tudor.

In 1989, Guerrero earned serious MVP consideration, batting .311 with 17 home runs, a career-high 117 RBIs and a league-high 42 doubles. His production fell off sharply afterwards. In 1992 a shoulder injury limited him to 43 games, and he finished his major league career batting just .219 with one home run.

Post-baseball

In September 1999, Guerrero was arrested for trying to buy 33 pounds of cocaine from an undercover agent. In June 2002, he was acquitted of drug conspiracy charges after his attorney argued his low IQ prevented him from understanding that he had agreed to a drug deal.[2]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mike Schmidt
World Series MVP (with Ron Cey and Steve Yeager)
1981
Succeeded by
Darrell Porter
Preceded by
Dave Parker
Mark Grace
National League Player of the Month
June 1985
August 1989
Succeeded by
Keith Hernandez
Will Clark

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