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Omar Vizquel wants to be a major league manager next year

Aug 10, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

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No major leaguer has gone directly from playing to managing since Pete Rose was doing double duty for the Reds in the 1980s. Omar Vizquel hopes to change that, though; he wants the chance to interview for managerial openings this winter.

“I want to manage now,” Vizquel told’s Jon Morosi.

The fact that both Mike Matheny and Robin Ventura have both had very successful first years on the bench without any real coaching experience can’t hurt the 45-year-old Vizquel’s chances of landing a job right away.

The Astros are the one team everyone expects to target a new manager this winter, and they could take a look at Vizquel. Cleveland, though, is the really interesting possibility. The Indians have tried to shut down rumors that they’ll be looking to replace Manny Acta, but Vizquel still has plenty of fans there. Vizquel spent 11 years in Cleveland, making three All-Star teams and winning eight Gold Gloves for a franchise that hasn’t seen nearly as much success since he departed. For a team looking to put more fannies in the seats (without spending a lot of money in the process), his arrival could add some excitement next spring.

  1. skerney - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Let’s get really weird: If Vizquel manages a team next year, put him on the 40 man roster, then he can be a September call up player manager.

    • kkolchak - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      That would be kinda cool. Haven’t had one of those in a long time.

    • cur68 - Aug 11, 2012 at 7:31 AM

      Totally agree. He’s got no power left but he can field, bunt, and slap hits with enough regularity to still be better than lots of guys half his age.

  2. chill1184 - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    If he gets a manager’s gig more power to him.

  3. mybrunoblog - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Hey Omar if a guy like Ryne Sandberg is still beating the bushes at triple A, I seriously doubt your getting a job without at least a season or two in the minors learning the ropes.
    Vizquel might make a fine manager but if I’m a GM I wouldn’t touch him without some managing experience.

  4. braddavery - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    He has the experience, the willpower and the motivation. Let him do it.

  5. angrycorgi - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    He ain’t getting a manager position next year, sorry to burst everyone’s bubble.

    • protius - Aug 11, 2012 at 3:50 AM

      From God’s mouth to your ear.

      I don’t know about the other readers, but come Monday morning, I’m headed to the bank to get a new mortgage on the house, and I’m betting it all on angrycorgi’s divine prophecy.

  6. tonystrong - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Guys who have served as bench coaches for years like Joey Cora, Dave Martinez, and Sandy Alomar Jr. can’t be passed over for Vizquel. It would be a nice story but he has to pay his dues before his gets a managers job!

    • dan1111 - Aug 11, 2012 at 3:32 AM

      I bet there’s a guy somewhere who’s been toiling away as a bench coach for 30 years. But that doesn’t mean he’s first in line to be hired as a manager. If a team thinks Vizquel is the best man for the job, they should (and will) hire him.

  7. trybe29dr - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Kinda skipping a few levels omar

  8. hushbrother - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    “Nobody goes to a baseball game to watch the manager. Hell, you can’t even see him most of the time; he’s hiding in the dugout. You go to a game to watch the players.” – Bill James

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    he should have been a manager 10 years ago now

  10. clemen00 - Aug 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Eh, he’s effectively been a player/coach for 4 years now. I wouldn’t say he has no experience.

  11. tjg25 - Aug 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Ryne the great hasn’t been offered a major league job for a reason. I don’t know the reason but those making decisions certainly do.

    • rooney24 - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Often times, players that were star players, like Sandberg, don’t always make great managers. Not that he specifically can’t be a good manager. It just seems that fringe guys, that can understand the struggles most players face, more often turn into solid managers/coaches than the stars who never had to struggle or work through anything. Even though he was a very good player and won a few awards (like Gold Gloves), Omar was never a power hitter and never a superstar. Add in the fact that he has converted into a utility player the last few years, and he better fits the profile for the type of player that more often develops into a manager. I would bet that someone will give him an interview. It remains to be seen if someone gives him a chance from there.

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