Santo Domingo.- Former Major League Baseball player, Dominican Mario Guerrero, 73, passed away this Sunday morning.
In addition, the Leones del Escogido mourned the death of the legendary shortstop, who played with the team from the 1970–71 season to the 1979–80 season and was the batting leader in the 1976–77 tournament with a .365.
About Mario Guerrero
Brother of baseball player Epi Guerrero, he was born on September 28, 1949 in Santo Domingo. He was a former shortstop who played in Major League Baseball for four teams in an eight-year career from 1973 to 1980.
With the Scarlets he appeared in 316 regular season games and had a lifetime average of .294, 352 hits, 52 doubles, 106 RBI, 131 runs scored, with a .338 on-base percentage and 1 home run.
His strikeout rate (69) in relation to his at-bats (1,325) is one of the best in the history of the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League.
In the postseason, he played 16 games with Longhair, posting a .400 average (55–22) with 3 doubles, 2 triples, and a .977 OPS in 16 games.
During the 70s Guerrero was a favorite of Escogido fans due to his great recognition with the red shirt and his absolute dedication on the pitch.
During his career in Lidom, Guerrero also teamed with Tigres del Licey (in the 1968 to 1970 and 1980–81 tournaments) and in his last campaign with Azuceros del Este (1984–85).
The pick came from Licey on November 12, 1970, in exchange for Rafael Robles.
In the United States, Guerrero was the 31st Dominican to make his Major League debut and did so with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 8, 1973 against the New York Yankees.
He went 2–3 with one run that day and faced veteran selection players Felipe and Mateo Rojas Alou, who were starting in the Yankees’ lineup.
In the majors, he pitched from 1973 to 1980 with the Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, California Angels, and Oakland Athletics. Throughout his career, he batted .257 with 7 home runs, 170 RBI, and 166 runs in 697 games at second base and shortstop.
The Lions Board of Directors extends its condolences to the entire Guerrero family and wishes that God will grant them divine peace and strength in the face of the irreparable loss of a memorable player and a great human being.