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Omar Vizquel is now the oldest shortstop in MLB history

May 7, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

Omar Vizquel AP

Yesterday the Blue Jays gave Yunel Escobar his first day off this season and Omar Vizquel got the start at shortstop, making history by becoming the oldest player to ever appear at the position.

Bobby Wallace held the previous mark by appearing in 12 games as a 44-year-old shortstop for the Cardinals in 1918, but Vizquel broke his record by making the start at age 45.

When informed about the record, Vizquel told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that he’s proud of all the hard work that enabled him remain an asset defensively:

When you go back 100 years to look for a record, it is pretty amazing, actually. I can’t believe that I’m still jumping around and playing shortstop at this age. I feel pretty good about myself, I feel pretty good about my physical condition. It hasn’t been a year of work, it has been constantly working out every year, trying to improve your speed or your flexibility. It has been really hard work.

Another way to stay young? Yelling at umpires from the bench until they eject you from a game you’re not even playing. Vizquel had a pretty busy week.

  1. unlost1 - May 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    HE’S ALSO THE OLDEST TO GET ejected while not even playing

    • ptfu - May 7, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      *other than managers.

      FTFY

      Lots of managers older than Vizquel have been ejected. Probably all of them.

  2. cur68 - May 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Never to old to cause trouble, this guy. Gotta love that. He seems to be having a good time being a Beaver Wrestler and his fellow BeaverMen seem to be enjoying his company, too. Good on ya, Omar.

  3. mybrunoblog - May 7, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Pretty neat accomplishment. Could anyone even just 20 or 30 years ago even envision a 45 year old shortstop?
    Quite an example of how better training, nutrition and sports medicine have changed baseball. Great genetics helps too.

    • jaymidd - May 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      Oh yeah…and the PED’s are much better these days too. Don’t leave that off ur bullet point menu. HGH test this guy.

  4. bigleagues - May 7, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I still think Miguel Tejada is older . . .

    • heyblueyoustink - May 7, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Contreras too.

  5. cmv08 - May 7, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    By far one of the best defensive SS to ever play.

    • hbdbrowns33 - May 7, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      best SS period.

  6. dan1111 - May 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Here’s a fun fact for you: if you add Vizquel’s age to Jamie Moyer’s age, the total is infinity.

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