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Omar Vizquel to Begin Coaching Career with the Angels

Veteran shortstop will serve as the Angelsí roving infield instructor for the 2013 campaign

 

Los Angeles Angels hats & merchandise Twenty-four years after beginning his Major-League playing career, Omar Vizquel will begin the next chapter of his story when he reports to Spring Training with the Los Angeles Angels next week. This time however, Vizquel will not be competing for a spot on the Angels’ roster, but instead will work with the team’s infield as their new infield instructor. Vizquel announced last year that he planned to retire following the 2012 campaign which saw him make the Toronto Blue Jays’ Opening Day roster as a utility infielder at 45-years old, but Omar stated that he wanted to coach and left the door open to any possibility to returning to the game in that capacity.

Vizquel was named to the All-Star team three times during his 24-year career with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and Blue Jays. He played in 2,709 games at shortstop, the most in Major-League history, and became the oldest player in history to start a game at the position last season with Toronto. Vizquel collected 2,877 hits including a single in his final at bat in a Major League baseball game on October 3, 2012 and sits 40 th on the all-time hits list. When Vizquel played in his final game he became the last position player born in the 1960s, and the last player to play in the 1980s to do so. Vizquel will be best remembered however for his play in the field, and the amazing, almost super-human plays that he made during his heyday from 1994 to 2004 with the Cleveland Indians. When teamed with Roberto Alomar at second base, the two became one of the most formidable middle-infield combinations to ever play the game, and their jaw-dropping double plays are still featured in highlight reels to this day. Vizquel won an astonishing 11 Gold Glove awards including 9 straight from 1993-2001 and his final two in 2005 and 2006.

Vizquel is likely to work with the Angels’ minor-league system this season and will work with infield coach Bobby Knoop during Spring Training. Most expect this to be the first step in what is likely to be a very successful career as a coach for Vizquel, and he has expressed an interest in becoming a Major-League manager at some point now that his days playing in the field have come to an end.

 

 

By: Robert Gonzalez
MLBCenter.com Staff Writer

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