After signing Vladimir Guerrero to a minor-league contract on May 10 the Blue Jays sent the 37-year-old to extended spring training for some workouts and then assigned him to Single-A.
Guerrero predictably destroyed Single-A pitching, going 9-for-20 (.450) with four homers in four games against pitchers 15 years his junior, prompting the Blue Jays to promote him to Triple-A today.
He’ll make his Las Vegas debut Saturday and the hitter-friendly environment gives Guerrero a great opportunity to post some impressive-looking numbers and get back to the majors. Incidentally, this will be the first time Guerrero has ever played at Triple-A, as he jumped from Double-A to the majors as a 21-year-old for the Expos in 1996 and never looked back.
Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.
ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:
Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”
Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.