Vladimir Guerrero signs 1-day contract to retire with LA Angels on opening day
Montreal Expos Rondell White (left) congratulates team mate Vladimir Guerrero as he comes in on his two run homer during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday, June 10, 2000 in Toronto. The Expos beat the Jays 11-2. (CP PHOTO/Aaron Harris)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, March 31, 2014 10:00PM EDT
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Former Expos' great Vladimir Guerrero is signing a one-day contract to retire with the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels announced the honour on Monday, shortly before Guerrero threw out the first pitch on opening day at Angel Stadium.
The slugging outfielder hasn't played in the majors since 2011.
The 39-year-old Guerrero played six of his 16 major league seasons with the Angels from 2004-09, winning the 2004 AL MVP award and earning four of his nine All-Star selections.
Guerrero played in eight seasons with the Montreal Expos and became arguably the team's best-ever slugger, leading the franchise with 234 homers.
He finished with single seasons for Texas and Baltimore. He played briefly in the minors for Toronto in 2012, and was out of baseball last year.
Guerrero leads all Dominican major leaguers with 2,590 hits.
Don Baylor is the only other league MVP in Angels history.