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: