Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Omar Vizquel!!!
Omar Vizquel played his final game in the major leagues on October 3, 2012. In that game, he collected the last hit of his career as well – #2,877.
Upon his retirement from the sport, I recall a lot of people saying ‘Omar Vizquel, Hall of Famer’ or ‘Certain Hall of Famer, Omar Vizquel’.
Omar Vizquel as a Hall of Famer?
I don’t think so. Not by a long shot.
For me, Omar Vizquel was a fantastic defender and a reliable player. But that is all.
Yes, he amassed a lot of hits, even more than some current Hall of Famers, but he also played 24 seasons and in 2,968 games. So, while the total number looks pretty solid, the average of 120 hits a year is a lot closer to average than elite.
As a matter of fact, the lone area in which Vizquel truly excelled was defense. I have no problem putting his name in the conversation of greatest defensive shortstops in the history of baseball. He belongs in that conversation way before he belongs in a talk about Hall of Fame certainty.
Vizquel could run (404 stolen bases) and he could score runs (1,445 lifetime runs scored) but he was never really considered as an offensive weapon. He has a lifetime batting average of .277 and an on-base percentage of .336 – both numbers are far from great.
Omar Vizquel was a 3-time All-Star and a winner of 11 Gold Glove Awards.
But Omar Vizquel is NOT a Hall of Famer.
My vote has been cast!!
What about you? Where does your vote lie – Is Omar Vizquel worthy of Hall of Fame enshrinement or is he just a very good ballplayer with fantastic defensive skills?
Cast your vote now!!!