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Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Omar Vizquel!!!

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’.

Really?  

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.

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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!!

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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!!!

Omar Vizquel Passes Babe Ruth On Major League Baseball’s All-Time Hits List

Omar Vizquel Passes Babe Ruth On Major League Baseball’s All-Time Hits List

From Yahoo Sports

Veteran infielder Omar Vizquel of the Toronto Blue Jays moved ahead of Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list with a single and double at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The 45-year-old doubled home Mike McCoy in the eighth inning on a 1-0 pitch from New York setup man David Robertson for his 2,874th hit to cut the home side’s lead to 3-2 after singling to right field off starter Andy Pettitte in the fourth.

New York went on to win 4-2 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Wednesday’s feat, which moved Vizquel to 41st spot on the all-time hit list, came more than 23 years after Vizquel recorded his first major league hit off Oakland Athletics pitcher Storm Davis on April 6, 1989.

“Not even in my wildest dream was I going to think that you could bring the name of Babe Ruth next to mine and compare hits,” Vizquel, a three-time all-star shortstop who is retiring after this season, told reporters recently. “I guess when you play for a while, every time you score a run, steal a base, get a base hit, they start bringing some of the numbers that you aren’t even aware what’s going on.

“When I started the season I wasn’t really thinking about numbers. I just wanted to finish my career strong.”

An 11-time Gold Glove winner, Vizquel entered Wednesday’s game with a .226 batting average and six RBIs in 137 at-bats this season.

The oldest active position player in the big leagues doesn’t remember career hit 1,000, a groundball to left field off retired Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield on July 18, 1997, but can recall his 2,000th hit.

“It was against Jason Grimsley, he was with Kansas City at the time, I was playing for Cleveland,” said Vizquel, who broke into the majors with Seattle in 1989 and also played for San Francisco, Texas and the Chicago White Sox before signing a free-agent contract with the Blue Jays on Jan. 23 of this year.

Omar Vizquel Ready For His 24th Season In The Major Leagues To Begin!!!

Omar Vizquel Ready For His 24th Season In The Major Leagues To Begin!!!

Omar Vizquel has played his way into yet another season in the majors.

Boosted by an excellent showing in spring training, the backup infielder was told Wednesday that he’d made the team and would be added to the roster.
Vizquel found out a month before his 45th birthday, making him the oldest active position player in the big leagues.
The 11-time Gold Glove winner had signed a minor league contract on Jan. 23. He spent the previous two years with the Chicago White Sox as a utilityman and mentor to younger players.
“We knew what his character was and what kind of guy he was going to be in the clubhouse,” Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopolous said after Toronto beat Baltimore 9-3. “So that obviously came out the way it was expected. Omar just had a very good camp and he deserved to be on the team.”
Vizquel turns 45 on April 24. The three-time All-Star shortstop from Venezuela is batting .433 in 15 exhibition games. He had a bunt single and scored a run in Toronto’s win over the Orioles.
The Blue Jays optioned Mike McCoy, Vizquel’s primary competition, to Triple-A Las Vegas after the game.
“McCoy had to be that much better than Omar and (Luis) Valbuena just because he had options and they had the ability to keep him,” Anthopolous said. “Mike knew he didn’t have a great camp, he’s a lot better than he played.”
“He’s going to be back, like he was last year a lot, and I expect him to be back again. It’s just one of those things that Omar had the best camp,” he said.
This will be Vizquel’s 24th season in the majors. He hit .251 with eight RBIs in 58 games for the White Sox last year.