Throughout the 2012 season, the Toronto Blue Jays saw Omar Vizquel as a veteran presence that could help tutor the younger players that were populating the roster. As the season wore on and his retirement became official, the 45-year-old infielder with the golden glove made it known that his next venture would be into the world of coaching.
As reported by ESPN, he is going to get his chance, latching on with the Los Angeles Angels as an infield instructor.
The 24-year veteran was a .272 career hitter with 2877 career hits 404 stolen bases. However, it is his glove that will make him a valuable coach. Vizquel won 11 gold gloves at shortstop and owns a career total zone of 137 and a UZR of 51.1.
Vizquel lit a few fires during his time in Toronto, questioning the communication by the coaching staff with the players. He would apologize to his teammates and the coaching staff withing days of making the comments, but it was not lost on fans, especially in light of Farrell’s departure for the Boston Red Sox.
He’ll be eligible for the Hall of Fame in five seasons and will merit serious consideration.