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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.

Vizquel

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!!

Gavel

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.
 

Did You Know…

The fewest errors committed by a shortstop in a full season belongs to both Omar Vizquel and Cal Ripken, Jr.  In 2000, Vizquel committed just three errors in 650 chances and 150 games.  Ripken also committed just three errors in 680 chances during the 1990 baseball season.

Up For Grabs – 10 Card Lot From 2002 Upper Deck ‘Pieces Of History’

Up For Grabs – 10 Card Lot From 2002 Upper Deck ‘Pieces Of History’

I recently found these cards in a package that I received from an Ebay seller.  I did not purchase them – and since they enveloped the card that I actual bought, I guess that these can be tagged as ‘packing materials’.

Well, now these ‘packing materials’ can be yours.

In the group are:  Carlton Fisk, Willie Stargell, Kirk Gibson, Todd Helton, Wade Boogs, Omar Vizquel, Dwight Gooden, Joe Mays, Luis Gonzalez, and Joe Carter.

And here are the cards:

As sweet as they are, I just don’t need them.  So, I am trying to find a better home for them.  Are you up for the challenge?

The first person that tells me that they want the cards gets them.  Just promise that treat them well and give them a good home.

Thanks.

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – March 26

Friday, March 26

Glendale, Ariz.
9:15-12:15

Like an idiot, I misread the schedule, thinking that the D’Backs were at the Sox while they actually played host to the Sox. But I made the most of it, trying to graph those White Sox players who stayed behind in addition to the Dodgers, who were on the backfields.

White Sox

Mark Buehrle: Didn’t make the trip to Tucson. Was in the clubhouse getting treatment but never made it to the practice fields
Bobby Jenks: Didn’t make the trip but I never saw him
Omar Vizquel: 0/1….wouldn’t stop on his way back to the clubhouse despite there being only five graphers
Alex Rios: 0/1…wouldn’t stop on his way back to the clubhouse despite there being only five graphers
Chris Chambliss: 2/2……he wasn’t this cool in ’93 when I got him in St. Pete
Ken Williams: 0/1

Dodgers

Chad Billingsley: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)
Clayton Kershaw: 0/1, 0/1….signed a lot but got mobbed and I kept missing him…but a good dude
Joe Torre: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)…he got mobbed. to get his attention I yelled, “Can you sign one for a Cardinals’ fan?” at least three times

Andre Ethier: 2/2 (’08 Ginter, ’09 Ginter)
Manny Ramirez: 0/1…yeah right…but he did wave at me, which was neat
Don Mattingly: 0/1….he smiled at me

12:30-4:30 p.m.
Reds at Mariners
Peoria, Ariz.

Stadium is so inacessible that I doubt I’ll be returning. However, I loved the price of the tickets — no need to buy box seats when you can get a lawn seat for $6 and still sit behind home plate — and the strawberry smoothie from Maui-Wowi. On a tangent, I used to work at a Maui-Wowi in Deerfield Beach, Fla. I liked the work attire so much — it’s a loud Hawaiian shirt — that I often wear it to ballgames. It was funny when I ordered my smoothie because the two employees behind the counter looked at me as if I was their manager. On to the totals:

Chad Cordero: 4/4 (’07 Ginters)….got him in the bullpen about 15 minutes before the game. Has to be one of the friendliest players in all of MLB. Told him that he was a dominant closer and that I hope he makes it all the way back.
Erik Bedard: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)….Got him in the fifth inning as he exited the field for the clubhouse. Seems to sign a lot but has an AWFUL graph and I really can’t understand why
Eric Byrnes: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…the only starter to sign leaving the field after the game..but his graph is scribble, too
Ichiro: Thought hanging out with angelsfan might bring me good luck. She had made a killer Ichiro sign written in Japanese that I was sure would get him to stop. But to no avail though he did point at the sign once in the stadium and then again as he drove away
Ken Griffey: 0/1 had his head down as he drove away. I’ve never even seen him acknowledge fans
Cliff Lee: 0/1

And the surprise of the day:

Jay Buhner: 1/2 (SI)….I grew up going to Yankees’ spring-training games — back when they were still in Fort Lauderdale — so getting to meet Buhner was a bit of a thrill for me. And the graph came out great, too

Glendale, Ariz.
5:30-6:15 p.m.

Left Peoria as soon as the game ended and made my way back to Glendale, thinking that some White Sox players may be returning from their game in Tucson. I didn’t see any White Sox players nor did I see any fans waiting for graphs so I drove over to the Dodgers’ side and was surprised to find out that there were some coaches and players still inside.

Blake DeWitt: 1/1 (’09 Ginter)
James Loney: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)
Rick Honeycutt: 0/1…I’m sure I could’ve gotten him but I didn’t know it was him until he had driven by
Joe Torre: 0/1..There were nine graphers remaining when he left at 6:15. It wouldn’t have been difficult to sign for everyone, but he chose to sign only for the three women who remained. And even then he signed the three baseballs in black Sharpie. I don’t think my theatrics from this morning helped my cause. Had I not made such a fool of myself earlier he may have stopped. Some images — 6’5, grey hair, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a Brewers’ cap — don’t leave a person no matter how many graphs they sign LOL

Other: Apparently I just missed Maury Wills, who signed a few minutes before I arrived to the surprise of the locals. I guess he’s become difficult. … George Brett made the trip to Glendale and actually signed, but of course I was at a different game. Can’t win ’em all

If you would like to contact Mark, he can be reached at psugator02@yahoo.com.