Omar Vizquel- Baseball Defensive Wizard- 46 Today

Omar Vizquel turns 46 today. Omar Vizquel is one of the finest defensive shortstops in baseball history. He won 9 Gold Gloves in a row and 11 total. He started his career with the Seattle Mariners in 1989 and played for six teams but will be remembered most for his time with the Cleveland Indians 1994-2004. He retired last year, he was a 4 decade player. He wasn’t an easy out offensively either. Vizquel hit .272 and had 2877 lifetime hits. It will be interesting to see in a few years when he becomes eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame how much support he gets. There are those who believe he should be a Hall of Famer. Ozzie Smith has him beat easily in stolen bases but otherwise Omar has better offensive numbers. Ozzie also has Omar beat in All-Star Games easily 15 to 3 and in publicity. Omar didn’t play on glamour teams and outside of the Indians in the mid-90’s played on low profile teams. I think Omar is a Hall of Famer. He gets my vote.

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