Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been a common topic of discussion all season long. With less than a month in the regular season to go he made headlines with his 40th homer of the season against the New York Yankees on Monday.
Guerrero is having one of the most incredible seasons ever for a young guy who is just starting his career. He is hitting .321 with 162 hits, 105 runs, 40 homers, 98 RBIs, .410 OBP, .604 slugging and 1.014 OPS. He is top five in all of baseball in every single one of these eight major offensive categories.
The Big 40
The main focus for this instance is the 40 home runs. This home run came in the top of the first at Yankee stadium to help the Blue Jays win 8-0.
At only 22 years old years old he became the youngest player in Blue Jays history to reach the 40 homer mark in a season.
He joins his hall of fame father Vladimir Guerrero Sr. who also had 40 homer seasons with the Montreal Expos in 1999 and 2000. This makes them second father-son duo in history to have 40 homer seasons. That other combo is the great Cecil Fielder who did it with the Detroit Tigers in 1990 and 1991 and Prince Fielder who did it with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007 and 2009. What this shows is that these greats did it more than once and with the way Guerrero Jr. is performing he may have more 40 homer seasons than these three combined.
Guerrero has been one of the most reliable hitters all season. For a Blue Jays team looking to get back to playoffs this is a great guy to have. Yes, he is hitting a lot of homers, but with that .321 batting average it shows he is constantly getting hits and giving his team a chance to put runs on the board.
If this was any ordinary season Guerrero would easily be the front runner for American League MVP. Unfortunately for Guerrero this is a season where Shohei Ohtani is playing like the best athlete baseball has ever witnessed. Despite this, he is continuing to prove just how spectacular he is. He looks to continue his success to take this team to the playoffs.
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