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Omar Vizquel

Omar Vizquel
MLB Player information
NameOmar Vizquel
PositionShortstop / Third Baseman / Second Baseman
BatsSwitch
ThrowsRight
MLB debutApril 3, 1989 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
Batting average.272
Hits2841
Home Runs80
Runs batted in944
Stolen Bases401
Teams
*Seattle Mariners (1989 1993) *Cleveland Indians (1994 2004) *San Francisco Giants (2005 2008) *Texas Rangers (2009) *Chicago White Sox (2010 present)
*3× MLB All-Star (1998, 1999, 2002) *11× Gold Glove (1993 2001, 2005 2006)

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Omar Enrique Vizquel González (-esoˈmar βisˈkel; born April 24, 1967 in Caracas, Venezuela), nicknamed "Little O", is a Venezuelan Major League Baseball shortstop and third baseman for the Chicago White Sox, currently in his 23rd major league season. Previously, Vizquel played for the Seattle Mariners (1989 1993), the Cleveland Indians (1994 2004), the San Francisco Giants (2005 2008), and the Texas Rangers (2009). In Venezuela he played with the team Leones del Caracas.

Vizquel is considered one of baseball's all-time best fielding shortstops, winning nine consecutive Gold Gloves (1993 2001) and two more in 2005 and 2006. He tied Cal Ripken's AL record, since surpassed, for most consecutive games at shortstop without an error (95 between September 26, 1999 and July 21, 2000). Currently, his .985 career fielding percentage is the highest of all-time for a shortstop in Major League history. On May 25, 2008, Vizquel became the all-time leader in games played at shortstop, passing Luis Aparicio. Vizquel is the all-time leader in double plays made while playing shortstop. He has the most hits recorded by any player from Venezuela (2,801; 47th all-time, as of April 11, 2011), surpassing Aparicio's record of 2,677 on June 25, 2009. On May 24, 2010, Vizquel became the shortstop with the second most hits all time, behind Derek Jeter. Vizquel is the sacrifice hit leader of the live-ball era. Currently, Vizquel is the oldest position player in the Major Leagues, and the second-oldest signed player overall behind pitcher Tim Wakefield. As of 2011, he is the only active player with service time in the 1980s. Vizquel is one of only 29 players in baseball history to date to play in Major League games in four decades.


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