BOSTON, MA - JULY 22: Omar Vizquel #17 of the Toronto Blue Jays flips the ball to first base for an out against the Boston Red Sox during the game on July 22, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
"Vizquel could interview for managerial and coaching jobs as early as October — within days or weeks of his final game. The Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals could be advancing through the postseason at the same time. Why is that significant? Well, those clubs are managed by former Gold Glove winners — Robin Ventura and Mike Matheny, respectively — who had never coached or managed professionally before accepting their positions last offseason."
According to Morosi, Vizquel is hoping to land a spot on Venezuela's coaching staff for this year's World Baseball Classic. More often than not, former players are hired to manage teams they played for. Over his 24-year career, Vizquel has played for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and Blue Jays.
The 45-year-old, 11-time Gold Glover hopes to at least land an interview for a managerial position this offseason.
"If there is an opportunity, I would like to have an interview — to see what they really look for, learn the system.
You have to know what the general managers expect from you as a person. I’ve been talking to a few coaches about what they ask you. You have to be prepared. You’re not going to go out on a limb and make a fool of yourself.
Sometimes, interviews are overrated. It doesn’t matter how well you respond to questions. If you don’t have the (guts) to make the decision, you’re going to fail."
Vizquel is still a very capable defender, but is hitting .214/.250/.243 over 103 games with Toronto this season.
Should Omar Vizquel be considered for managerial openings this offseason?