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A Mariners lineup, and a HOF question on Omar

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Aug. 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm with 4 Comments »
August 27, 2011 5:02 pm
Omar Vizquel, Hall of Famer?

Game 2 of the Seattle Mariners – Chicago White Sox series tonight, and a player who’s not in the lineup but who’s played for both teams – Omar Vizquel - brings up an intriguing question.

Is the 44-year-old infielder, one of the slickest fielding shortstops in the history of the game, a Hall of Famer if he ever stops playing?

Omar won 11 Gold Gloves, and made himself a solid hitter, putting together a .272 career batting average. He played for teams that went to the post-seasson six times, the World Series twice and was a big part in getting them there.

Now a reserve with the White Sox, Omar has played in 2,904 major league games and compiled 2,838 hits.  So, what do you think? I’ll loan you my vote for the day – does Mr. Vizquel go on your ballot or not? Any thoughts on the topic appreciated.

By the way, just asked manager Eric Wedge – who had ‘Little O’ in Cleveland. Would he vote for Omar?

“Absolutely,” Wedge said. “Best hands in the game, and he turned himself into as pretty good hitter, too. No question, for me.”

Now, a lineup vs. the White Sox and LHP John Danks:

Ichiro RF
Gutierrez CF
Ackley 2B
Carp 1B
Olivo C
Wells LF
 Pena DH
Seager 3B
Ryan SS
Pineda RHP

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  1. SandlotSam says:

    I don’t know what the voters will do, but a big YES vote from me. He carved out a place for himself in Cooperstown. He always seemed to be playing with a higher skill set than the rest of the big league infielders. You could tell he was very, very special even before the M”s traded him and when they did I was utterly dumbfounded. It was one of those stunning moments where you think: “Maybe these jokers really don’t know what they’re doing.” Yep, I’d vote for Omar.

  2. wabubba67 says:

    C’mon, Larry…this is an easy question to answer. Vizquel was the best defensive SS of his era, has a solid career batting average (the only reason it’s at .272 was because he was a horrible hitter for his first few seasons and then worked to become a pesky, several times over .300 hitter for the Indians). He is on the cusp of collecting 3000 hits…usually a sure ticket for the Hall of Fame….and I would not be surprised if he keeps playing long enough to get within striking range. In addition, he has had incredible longevity and productivity at a very demanding position.

    Thank God, we traded Omar for Felix Fermin in order to someday make room for A-Rod. Could have kept Vizquel and made Rodriguez play 3B or 2B….or pushed Vizquel over to 2B (his range going to his left was truly amazing). Thank you Chuck Armstrong…the gift that keeps on giving. The man is to baseball executives what genital herpes is to a virus.

  3. 11 Gold Gloves. At SHORTSTOP. I don’t know what the voters will do, but if Ozzie Smith and Luis Aparicio are in the Hall, Omar should be, too.

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