Omar Vizquel to Retire at Season's End

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)

Toronto Blue Jays infielder Omar Vizquel will retire at the end of the season, reports Didier Morais of NESN.

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.

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