Former Major League Baseball Player Mario Guerrero Dies


SANTO DOMINGO.- The former Major League Baseball player, the 73-year-old Dominican Mario Guerrero, died 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 with .365 in the 1976-77 tournament.

About Mario Guerrero


The baseball player was the brother of Epy 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.

He played in 316 regular series games with the Scarlets and averaged .294 for life, with 352 hits, 52 doubles, 106 RBIs, 131 runs scored, .338 on-base percentage, and one home run.

His strikeout rate (69) concerning his at-bats (1,325) is one of the best in the history of the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League.

In the postseason, he appeared in 16 games with the Longhairs, posting a .400 average (55-22) with three doubles, two triples, and a .977 OPS in 16 games.

Guerrero was a favorite of the fans of El Escogido during the 70s due to his great identification of him with the red shirt and his total dedication on the pitch.

During his career in Lidom, Guerrero also teamed up with the Tigres del Licey (1968 to 1970 and in the 1980-81 tournament) and in his last season with the Azucareros del Este (1984-85).

The Chosen One arrived from the Licey on November 12, 1970, in exchange for Rafael Robles.

In the United States, Guerrero was the 31st Dominican to debut in the Major Leagues, and he did so on April 8, 1973, with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park against the New York Yankees.
That day he went 2-for-3 with one run and faced legendary pick players Felipe and Mateo Rojas Alou, who were starting in the Yankees’ lineup.

In the Majors, he participated from 1973 to 1980 with the Red Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals, the California Angels, and the Oakland Athletics. For life, he hit .257 with seven home runs, 170 RBIs, and 166 runs scored in 697 games at second base and shortstop.

The Board of Directors of the Lions extends its condolences to the entire Guerrero family, wishing that God cover them with his divine peace and gives them strength in the face of the irreparable loss of a memorable player and a great human being.


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