How Vlad Guerrero Jr has become a superstar for the Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has slugged his way into the superstar conversation in the 2021 MLB season. He is on the road to a Triple Crown which is given to a player who leads the league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in (RBI).
Vlad got his 44th of the season against the Baltimore Orioles on September 12 which tied him for the MLB lead with fellow MVP candidate Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels. Vlad has given new life to his season with the past two weeks of incredible performances. He had a slight slump just before that run which proves that Vlad is becoming an even better player now.
In his rookie and sophomore years, Vlad struggled with these slumps and he couldn’t recover properly. Now, he has proven that he can get over those slumps which is huge for the Blue Jays since they want to compete for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.
Vlad has a lot of learnings in 2021
This is the first year that Vlad has truly reached the level of stardom. It is hard to reach this stage because most players tend to struggle. While Vlad showed that there are times that he will struggle, the positives outweigh the negatives in that instance. Head coach Charlie Montoyo talked about what happened with Vlad and how he became such a good player this year.
Charlie said, ‘He’s learning. This is the first full year for a lot of these guys, so they need to make an adjustment when they’re tired and he’s done a good job of that. His approach is back. It’s outstanding right now. When his approach at the plate is really good, he’s always going to have a chance to hit one out’.
It will be fun to watch the rest of Vlad’s season. He has already become one of the most exciting players to watch across the entire league. If he wraps up that Triple Crown, he will rightfully earn one of the hardest accolades to reach. He is almost there but the rest of the season will be difficult since he has a huge target on his back.
Vlad has turned Toronto into a nightmarish matchup for any team
The Blue Jays have become one of the best teams in the league. This is largely due to Vlad’s immense talent and how he can carry this team to victory every night. This is huge for the young star because he is still making his name known but he already has his foot in the door of superstardom.
They have the most terrifying offence in the MLB and it is hard to deny his talent. Montoyo talked about how confident and proud he is of the team.
The head coach said, ‘It’s who we’re playing against, Oakland (Athletics) and the (New York) Yankees, and that makes it more outstanding. And to come to this place and win four in a row, I’m so proud of my team. Nobody’s making that up. We’ve gone through so much the last two years, being away from Toronto, that this is what it is. We’re going to play hard every game, one game at a time — that’s what we do, and we do a great job of that’.
It will be amazing to see Vlad win an award even if it’s likely Ohtani bagging home the MVP award this season.
Words: Cholo Martin