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Full Name: Omar Enrique (Gonzalez) Vizquel Current Team: Chicago White Sox
Height/Weight: 5'9"/175 Uniform Number:
Birthdate: April 24, 1967 Entry Draft: N/A (1984 Free Agent)
Birthplace: Caracas, Distrito Federal (Venezuela) First Acquired By: Seattle Mariners
Primary Position: SS College: N/A


Biography

Omar Vizquel (Omar Enrique (Gonzalez) Vizquel) was born on April 24, 1967 in Caracas, Distrito Federal (Venezuela). He made his Major League debut on April 3, 1989 for the Seattle Mariners. In 1989, his rookie year, he hit .220 with 1 home run and 20 RBI. Vizquel played for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants over the course of his 18 year career.

Most people believe that Omar Vizquel's best season was 1999, when he stole 42 bases, hit for a .333 average and knocked in 66 runs.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1989 SEA A 143 387 45 85 1 20 .220 .273 .261 7 3 28 40 1 13 1 0 6
1990 SEA A 81 255 19 63 2 18 .247 .295 .298 3 2 18 22 0 10 4 0 7
1991 SEA A 142 426 42 98 1 41 .230 .302 .293 16 4 45 37 0 8 7 0 8
1992 SEA A 136 483 49 142 0 21 .294 .340 .352 20 4 32 38 2 9 15 0 14
1993 SEA A 158 560 68 143 2 31 .255 .319 .298 14 2 50 71 4 13 12 2 7
1994 CLE A 69 286 39 78 1 33 .273 .325 .325 10 1 23 23 0 11 13 0 4
1995 CLE A 136 542 87 144 6 56 .266 .333 .351 28 0 59 59 1 10 29 0 4
1996 CLE A 151 542 98 161 9 64 .297 .362 .417 36 1 56 42 4 12 35 0 10
1997 CLE A 153 565 89 158 5 49 .280 .347 .368 23 6 57 58 2 16 43 1 16
1998 CLE A 151 576 86 166 2 50 .288 .358 .372 30 6 62 64 4 12 37 1 10
1999 CLE A 144 574 112 191 5 66 .333 .397 .436 36 4 65 50 1 17 42 0 8
2000 CLE A 156 613 101 176 7 66 .287 .377 .375 27 3 87 72 5 7 22 0 13
2001 CLE A 155 611 84 156 2 50 .255 .323 .334 26 8 61 72 2 15 13 0 14
2002 CLE A 151 582 85 160 14 72 .275 .341 .418 31 5 56 64 8 7 18 3 7
2003 CLE A 64 250 43 61 2 19 .244 .321 .336 13 2 29 20 0 5 8 0 11
2004 CLE A 148 567 82 165 7 59 .291 .353 .388 28 3 57 62 1 20 19 0 12
2005 SFG N 152 568 66 154 3 45 .271 .341 .350 28 4 56 58 5 20 24 0 10
2006 SFG N 153 579 88 171 4 58 .295 .361 .389 22 10 56 51 6 13 24 3 13
2007 SFG N 145 513 54 126 4 51 .246 .305 .316 18 3 44 48 1 14 14 6 14
2008 SFG N 92 266 24 59 0 23 .222 .283 .267 10 1 24 29 0 7 5 9 4
2009 TEX A 62 177 17 47 1 14 .266 .316 .345 7 2 13 27 0 5 4 0 0
Total NL 542 1926 232 510 11 177 .265 .329 .341 78 18 180 186 12 54 67 18 41
Total AL 2200 7996 1146 2194 67 729 .274 .340 .358 355 56 798 821 35 190 322 7 151
Total 2742 9922 1378 2704 78 906 .273 .338 .355 433 74 978 1007 47 244 389 25 192

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1989 SEA A SS 143 131 1124 208 388 18 102 0 0 0 0 0 .971
1990 SEA A SS 81 78 680 103 239 7 48 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1991 SEA A 2B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1991 SEA A SS 138 123 1134.1 224 422 13 105 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1992 SEA A SS 136 128 1152 223 403 7 92 1 0 0 0 0 .989
1993 SEA A DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1993 SEA A SS 155 150 1330.2 245 475 15 108 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1994 CLE A SS 69 68 612.2 113 204 6 54 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1995 CLE A SS 136 135 1187 210 405 9 84 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1996 CLE A SS 150 149 1312.1 226 447 20 91 0 0 0 0 0 .971
1997 CLE A SS 152 149 1307.1 245 429 10 98 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1998 CLE A SS 151 149 1316 273 442 5 94 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1999 CLE A OF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1999 CLE A SS 143 140 1214.1 221 396 15 88 0 0 0 0 0 .976
1999 CLE A RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2000 CLE A SS 156 154 1328.2 231 416 3 99 0 0 0 0 0 .995
2001 CLE A SS 154 152 1320.2 219 414 7 88 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2002 CLE A SS 150 148 1291 239 431 7 98 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2003 CLE A SS 64 63 551.1 114 204 7 59 0 0 0 0 0 .978
2004 CLE A SS 147 141 1245 200 396 11 91 0 0 0 0 0 .982
2005 SFG N SS 150 144 1292.1 234 426 8 81 0 0 0 0 0 .988
2006 SFG N SS 152 148 1281.1 205 390 4 87 0 0 0 0 0 .993
2007 SFG N SS 143 136 1219.1 198 444 9 90 0 0 0 0 0 .986
2008 SFG N SS 84 76 657.2 108 179 2 43 0 0 0 0 0 .993
2009 TEX A SS 27 22 196.2 32 76 0 22 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2009 TEX A 3B 20 9 101 5 22 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2009 TEX A 2B 16 14 126 23 49 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total SS 2681 2584 22754.2 4071 7623 183 1722 1 0 0 0 0 .985
Total 3B 20 9 101 5 22 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total 2B 17 14 127 23 49 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Transactions

Trivia

  • Vizquel is an avid painter and sculptor.
    • Along with his artistic pursuits, Omar also is a collector of fine art and owns several modern art pieces. Included in his collection is a glass chandelier for his home made by Seattle artist Dale Chihuly worth over $100,000.
  • Vizquel plays the guitar, drums, and sings. He is a fan of salsa music and loves to dance.
  • Omar is known as a "Reniassance Man" as he is very talented in many areas. He is also a lover of fashion and has a unique fashion style.
  • Omar is also active in community service, having served as an honorary spokesperson for "Young Audiences", an arts education organization in Cleveland, and "Schools Now", which raises funds through the sale of entertainment booklets. Following the 1999 Vargas mudslide disaster that killed 25,000 in his native Venezuela, Vizquel not only donated his time to the relief effort but also helped to raise over $500,000 for the cause. Vizquel also has various charitable events in downtown Cleveland such as Tribe Jam, where he and some other teammates get together with each other or with retired singers and sing some of their favorite songs.
  • His 2002 autobiography, "Omar!: My Life on and Off the Field", which he co-wrote with Bob Dyer, spent four weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List. It was also released in paperback in 2003. The accounts in the book about the Mesa scenario continue to fuel angst and misunderstandings between Jose Mesa and Vizquel.
  • He is the only non-American to win the Hutch Award.
  • He is the all-time leader in double plays as a shortstop (1655 going into the 2008 season).
  • He is the oldest shortstop recipient of the Gold Glove award.
    • He won one when he was 38 and one when he was 39; no shortstop has ever won won at the age of 38 or above.
  • He tied Cal Ripken's AL record, since surpassed, for most consecutive games at shortstop without an error (95 between September 26, 1999 and July 21, 2001).
  • He holds the record for the lowest number of errors in a season by a shortstop (tie) (3 in the 2000 season).
    • That year, he was able to hold a .995 career fielding percentage, which is the highest of all-time for a shortstop in Major League history.
  • He is the American League record holder (tie) for most hits in a nine inning game (6).
  • On May 27, 2003, had a straight steal of home against the Detroit Tigers. This caught Tigers pitcher Steve Avery by so much surprise that Vizquel made it home without a throw, which is extremely rare.
  • Tied the 2002 All-Star Game 7-7 with an RBI triple in the eighth inning. The game ended controversially after 11 innings tied 7-7.
  • On August 5, 2001 hit a 3-run triple in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners to tie the game 14-14, erasing an earlier 14-2 deficit midway through the seventh inning. Vizquel and the Indians went on to win 15-14 in 11 innings. It was tied for the largest comeback in history.
  • Omar is referenced in an episode of 'The Simpsons' entitled "Bart's Friend Falls in Love". In the episode, Bart takes a distracted Milhouse's Carl Yastrzemski baseball card in exchange for one of Vizquel with the head cut out.


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