The Long Island Ducks have finally inked a former Major Leaguer who won't cause fans to go running from the park. Vladimir Guerrero has signed with the Independent Atlantic League team at age 38.
The Ducks have a brief but very interesting history of signing former major league talent. In 2005, they picked up John Rocker who had a history of controversial comments...
"I'd retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark looking like you're riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing... The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?"So there's that, which resulted in New York fans throwing golf balls and batteries at him when he entered the game from the bullpen. And speaking of physical assaults, Jose Offerman was on the 2007 roster when he was hit by a pitch from Bridgeport Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech and proceeded to knock out catcher John Nathans with his bat. His next move was to charge the mound, swinging the bat violently and succeeded in breaking Beech's hand.
Guerrero has no such history of being a loose cannon, and the only "insane" thing he is capable of is hitting a ball that has bounced in the dirt or one that is above his head.