Today in Tribe History: April 24, 1967
Bob Toth | On 24, Apr 2019
Fan favorite and longtime Major Leaguer Omar Vizquel is born in Caracas, Venezuela.
The slick fielding shortstop played 24 years in the Majors, with the majority and his best years coming in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Vizquel logged 1,478 games of action in eleven years with the Tribe. He won nine consecutive AL Gold Gloves, including eight straight with the Indians, and earned two more in the NL. He led the league in sacrifices four different times, hit as high as .333 in 1999, and was a three-time AL All-Star.
He was acquired after the first Gold Glove season of his career with the Seattle Mariners in 1993. He had spent the first five years of his big league career in the Pacific Northwest. After he was not re-signed by the Indians following the 2004 season, he signed with San Francisco, where he won top defensive honors in the National League with the Giants over the next two seasons. After four years with the Giants, he signed with the Texas Rangers for the 2009 season and spent 2010 and 2011 with the Chicago White Sox. He concluded his MLB career in 2012 at the age of 45 with the Toronto Blue Jays.
In his post-playing baseball career, he has worked in the Majors as the first base coach of the Detroit Tigers after spending time as an infield instructor with the Los Angeles Angels. After spending last season working for the first time as a minor league manager with the Winston-Salem Dash, (the High-A Carolina League team of the White Sox), he is now in the same role with Chicago’s Double-A Birmingham affiliate.