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    Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero looks on during a ceremony celebrating his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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    Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero prepares to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for Friday’s game after a pregame ceremony celebrating his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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    Angels owner Arte Moreno hugs former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero during a ceremony celebrating Guerrero’s recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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    Angels manager Mike Scioscia shakes hands with team owner Arte Moreno during a ceremony celebrating the recent induction of former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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    Former Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero looks on during a ceremony celebrating his recent induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame prior to Friday’s game between the Angels and the A’s at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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ANAHEIM — The equipment manager in each team’s home clubhouse is traditionally charged with assigning jersey numbers. Since 2009, the Angels’ equipment manager has been a man named Keith Tarter.

When Tarter handed Mike Trout a number 27 jersey on the day of his major league debut – July 8, 2011 – Trout decided to quietly accept his fate.

“When you get called up to the big leagues, you don’t really want to ask the clubbie the first day to get a different number if you want a different number,” Trout said. “He just gave me 27.”

So it was on Friday that Vladimir Guerrero found himself answering a question about whether or not his uniform number – also 27 – would be retired by the Angels now that he’s in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“We’ve got to wait and see,” Guerrero said through an interpreter, “but the guy in it right now does a very good job with number 27.”

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The Angels feted Guerrero, 43, in a pregame ceremony for the second straight summer on Friday. In 2017, he became the 16th inductee into the Angels’ team Hall of Fame. Guerrero was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January and was formally inducted less than two weeks ago along with Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell.

“To come back now as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, I’m very happy to be able to share that with the fans,” Guerrero said.

Of the 323 enshrinees in Cooperstown, 11 were Angels once. Guerrero is the first to don the team’s cap on his plaque. The 2004 American League MVP played six seasons in Anaheim (2004-09), batting .319 with 173 home runs and 616 RBIs in 846 games.

Guerrero debuted in 1996 with the Montreal Expos and did not leave until signing with the Angels in January 2004. He played two more seasons after leaving Anaheim, one with the Rangers and another with the Orioles, and finished with 449 career home runs.

“For seven years in Montreal, we were thinking about bringing our suitcases to head back to the Dominican (Republic) in August,” Guerrero said. “Here in Anaheim, you play baseball in August because you’re winning. … Winning is the key thing I remember about being here.”

As for the current number 27, Trout said he came to understand the significance of sharing a number with Guerrero over time.

“To wear that number, and obviously the Hall of Fame, just his career statistics, and the time he was with the Angels – it’s pretty remarkable,” Trout said. “He comes in here, and he’s just another guy. Just comes in here and talks to us, good friends with all of us.”

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Chilling in the suit brought back memories. I never knew vladdy (the ONE guy i always wanted to). But all the other dominican dudes i knew...GIANT families and posses...kids everywhere. Other big named dudes coming and going. That was the Angel org for a solid decade. No idea why they got away from it.

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6 hours ago, ten ocho recon scout said:

Chilling in the suit brought back memories. I never knew vladdy (the ONE guy i always wanted to). But all the other dominican dudes i knew...GIANT families and posses...kids everywhere. Other big named dudes coming and going. That was the Angel org for a solid decade. No idea why they got away from it.

I guess you can explain the poor drafts to crappy management by Reagins and DiPoto and losing top picks to bad FA signings.....but why we ignored the international market for several years still puzzles me...no explanation for it....

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Off topic but didnt want to start a new thread.

If by some chance Colon made the hall (which obviously doesnt seem like he will....but...theres an argument for him), which of his 20 hats would he wear.

I dont know if he gets associated with one team. Cleveland maybe? He won his cy young here, though.

Theres a remote chance he could go to the hall wearing an angel hat. Would be pretty crazy if we got two in there, both in 2004, both having come from montreal.

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