Vladimir Guerrero Jr. seems to have taken the expression “like father, like son” to a new level.
The first game of the series between the Blue Jays and the Orioles was the 403rd of the young Dominican slugger’s career in Toronto. In the Canadian club’s victory, Guerrero Jr. gave up three hits, drove in three runs and struck out once in five innings. He hit his 87th home run of his career and raised his major league career fielding percentage to .363.
As it turns out, a little less than 25 years ago, another stellar Quintana Roo was excelling for a Canadian team. We are, of course, talking about Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero Sr., who was making a huge impact for the Montreal Expos, on his way to becoming one of the best players in franchise history (and mind you, the best).
In his first 403 games in the Majors, he hit 87 homers and had a .363 slugging percentage.
Guerrero Sr. would go on to play 1,744 more major league games, totaling 449 in his career and finishing with a .389 slugging percentage.
Guerrero Jr. has a long way to go to emulate his father’s career, but matching it almost exactly after three and a half seasons is not a bad start.