Hat's off to Vlad: Guerrero 1st to wear Angels cap into Hall

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Hat's off to Vlad: Guerrero 1st to wear Angels cap into Hall
FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999 file photo, Montreal Expos' Vladimir Guerrero watches the flight of his two-run home run on a pitch from Colorado Rockies starting pitcher John Thomson in the sixth inning of a baseball game. Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero will become the first player to wear an Angels hat on his Hall of Fame plaque.

Guerrero spent more time in Montreal, leading many to think he would sport an Expos cap.

Guerrero made the announcement Thursday, a day after he was elected to the Hall by an overwhelming margin. The Hall gets the final say on how a player is depicted in the plaque gallery in Cooperstown, New York.

The slugger played the first eight seasons of his career in Montreal, spending half his career with the Expos. He joined the Anaheim Angels as a free agent in 2004 and played six seasons with them, including their rebranding as the Los Angeles Angels.

The Angels started out as an expansion team in 1961. Reggie Jackson is among those who played for the Angels but has a different cap in the Hall.

Guerrero was a four-time All-Star with both the Angels and Expos. He hit .323 with 234 home runs for Montreal and batted .319 with 173 homers for the Angels. Guerrero went to the postseason four times with the Angels, but never made it that far with the Expos.

An outfielder for most of his career, Guerrero finished up as a designated hitter. He spent one season with Texas and reached his only World Series in 2010, and played one more year for Baltimore. He was a nine-time All-Star overall, hitting .318 with 449 homers and 1,496 RBIs in 16 seasons.

Gary Carter, Andre Dawson and Tim Raines are the only players with Montreal hats on their bronze plaques in the Hall.

Guerrero, Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman were elected to the Hall on Wednesday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. They will be enshrined with Jack Morris and Alan Trammell, who were picked by a smaller committee, on July 29.

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