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Vladimir Guerrero To Come Out Of Retirement For Home Run Derby

Los Angeles Angels' Vladimir Guerrero celebrates hitting his 400th career home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Aug. 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)
Los Angeles Angels’ Vladimir Guerrero celebrates hitting his 400th career home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Aug. 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)

SANTO DOMINGO – Get ready to book some plane tickets because Vladimir Guerrero is making his comeback … kind of.

While we’ve seen bits and pieces of Vlad since he retired in 2011, mostly through his son, we haven’t had a chance to watch him crush dingers. (Cue movie trailer voice): Until now.

That’s right, Vlad’s stepping in to take part in the Caribbean Series’ first ever Home Run Derby.

And he’s not looking to just pick up a participation trophy and soak up the to the adoration of the crowd, he wants to win.

The Derby will be taking place on Feb. 3 in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. And while we don’t know for certain who else is taking part, this tweet from the Caribbean Series account is certainly giving us a hopeful glimpse. The tweet roughly translates to: “Because you deserve the best, we bring the best of the best.”

And while you may think Guerrero doesn’t stand much of a chance if he does have to go up against a trio of players who combined to hit 76 home runs to Vlad’s zero in 2015, you could be wrong.

After all, Guerrero not only won the 2007 MLB Home Run Derby, but he made a career out of hitting baseballs that most other mortals can’t even dream of hitting.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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