Omar Vizquel Wants To Play Another Season

Omar Vizquel wants to play a 24th Major League season in 2012, reports Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.  The veteran infielder still believes he can contribute, though he doesn't believe he'll return for a third season with the White Sox.

"I would love to have an opportunity to play another year,'' Vizquel said. "I'm not expecting to play every day but I think I have the ability to play….When you don't win you have to make changes.  That's one of the reasons I doubt I will be here next year.''

Vizquel is hitting .245/.282/.294 in 178 plate appearances for the White Sox this season, splitting time at third, second and shortstop, with even one game played at first base.  The 13-time Gold Glover's once-legendary defense has fallen off according to UZR/150, though it's hard to properly gauge his fielding given the small sample size of playing time.

There's also a slim chance that Vizquel can reach the 3000-hit plateau for his career.  He currently has 2839 career hits (tied with Charlie Gehringer for 45th all-time), though since Vizquel has averaged just 60 hits a year since 2008, he would have to play until at least 2013 to join the 3000-hit club if he continues his current pace.

13 Responses to Omar Vizquel Wants To Play Another Season Leave a Reply

  1. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    Considering Ozzie got into the Hall pretty much or his glove alone I think Vizquel deserves entry for the same reason. I was hoping he’d make it to 3,000 hits just so he’d have a more solid case.

    • lolpods 4 years ago

      he’s in, and i’m fairly sure it isn’t close.

  2. Joemurder 4 years ago

    Omar should be allowed the opportunity to reach 3000 hits after all he is going to the HOF anyway.

  3. EdinsonPickle 4 years ago

    Go Omar! Learn dem young’ns a thing about playing ball!

  4. Joemurder 4 years ago

    Omar should be allowed the opportunity to reach 3000 hits. If all those bums (cora, wilson etc) can get jobs, then so should Vazquel.

  5. nostocksjustbonds 4 years ago

    It seems he’s the last guy to play in the 1980’s (Since Moyer didn’t play this year). He’s definitely young at heart. Keep going Omar!

  6. Whos_on_Second 4 years ago

    If his body can still withstand the wear and tear he should definitely get a low base contract.  Hes such a good defender and although he has 11 gold gloves, when the article says 13.. he provides leadership, and mentoring ability to the younger fielders.  

  7. porkchopxpress 4 years ago

    It would be awesome for him to finish his career in a Cleveland Indian’s uniform!!!

  8. And make no mistake, Kenny Williams is dumb enough to give him another year.

    • lolpods 4 years ago

      you’re confusing your point with ‘dumb enough to acquiesce to ozzie’s dumb desire to have a dumb roster’.

  9. chico65 4 years ago

    What’s he trying to do, break Minnie Minoso’s record?

  10. HummBaby 4 years ago

    Not that it matters, but I always wondered if Omar was gay. He’s an extremely flamboyant player. From his art to his singing to the way he dressed on off days, just had to wonder.

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