CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 05: Omar Vizquel #17 of the Toronto Blue Jays prepares to bat against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 5, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
On the fence about retirement for the past month, the 45-year-old confirmed to the media prior to Tuesday’s game that his 24th season would be his last.
The eleven-time Gold Glove winner has appeared in just 27 games for the Blue Jays this season, hitting .224/.262/.224 while splitting time at all four infield positions. Averaging 136 games and .274/.340/.357 over his first 19 seasons, Vizquel has averaged just 69 games over the past five seasons and has hit well below his career norm.
The three-time All-Star played for six different organizations—the Mariners, Indians, Giants, Rangers, White Sox and Blue Jays—and appeared in two World Series. With 2,854 hits in his 24-year career, Vizquel will just fall short of the 3,000-hit milestone.
While his career offensive numbers are not overwhelming, Vizquel will definitely be part the Hall of Fame discussion for his stellar defense at shortstop.