Sunday, November 14, 2010

Omar Vizquel- Last 80's Relic

Debuting in the 1980's means that a player is now well into his 40's and has been in the Majors for over 2 decades/20 years. With the recent career threatening injury to Jamie Moyer that leaves one lone gray-haired brittle-boned solider propped up on the battlefield of the baseball diamond...Omar Vizquel.

Vizquel remains a defensive whiz and has handled the bat well enough to warrant a utility role. In fact, the ChiSox made it their first offseason move to re-sign him for that same gig next year. This past season Omar reached career milestones of 1000 walks and 400 stolen bases. He's 201 hits shy of 3000 and 64 RBI short of 1000. At age 43 (will be 44 in April), he'll have to remain in excellent shape to continue to earn playing time and the opportunity to accomplish those goals. Even without the magical 3000 hit distinction he's a likely Hall-of-Famer, much in the mold of the defensive geniuses of years past like Ozzie Smith and Luis Aparicio.

Career #'s: .273/.338/.379, 2799 H, 1414 R, 444 2B, 75 3B, 80 HR, 936 RBI, 400 SB, 11 Gold Gloves (and actually deserved them), and a 3 time All-Star in 2850 G over 22 seasons with the Mariners, Indians, Giants, Rangers, and White Sox.

*Last offseason Vizquel was being floated as a possible replacement for Eric Bruntlett for the Phils as utility infielder. Instead we got Juan Castro and Wilson Valdez.