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Omar Vizquel

  1. My imaginary Hall of Fame ballot

    Jan 8, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    I don’t have a Hall of Fame vote, obviously, but I’ve written enough about it and criticized enough people who do have a vote that I may as well say what I’d do if I had the franchise. Here’s my whole ballot. I include everyone on it because, unlike so many of the voters, I…

  2. Red Sox banking on John Farrell becoming a better manager in Boston

    Oct 21, 2012, 2:52 AM EDT

    John Farrell

    There’s simply no way the Red Sox could have looked at John Farrell’s work in Toronto and came away with the idea that he was a great manager. The Blue Jays were a horrible baserunning team, they had Omar Vizquel questioning their clubhouse leadership and their win total decreased in both of his years at…

  3. What do Scott Rolen, Alex Rodriguez, and Omar Vizquel have in common?

    Oct 11, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    This doesn’t mean anything, really, but I found it interesting. From the “stats and info” department at ESPN: Scott Rolen joins A-Rod and Omar Vizquel as only players to K to end a postseason series twice in a career. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 11, 2012 And as Calcaterra points out, Dusty Baker…

  4. Last time the Orioles were in the playoffs …

    Oct 5, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    jim thome indians

    OK, so by now we’ve all heard plenty about how the Orioles are back in the playoffs for the first time since 1997. October 15, 1997 to be exact, when they lost 1-0 to the Indians in Game 6 of the ALCS on a Tony Fernandez homer off Armando Benitez in the 11th inning. I…

  5. Red Sox can do better than John Farrell for next manager

    Oct 4, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    John Farrell; Marvin Hudson

    With Bobby Valentine officially gone after months of being left dangling on the hook, the focus in Boston has immediately shifted to Blue Jays manager John Farrell. And I’m left to wonder why. Now, Farrell had a sterling reputation in five years as Boston’s pitching coach. But managing a team is a different animal. And…

  6. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 12, Rangers 5: Oakland shocks the world. No one on the planet had them pegged as a playoff team and, as recently as a week ago, no one figured they had a chance in hell at the division crown. Well, that’s what you get for pegging and figuring. As for the Rangers … just,…

  7. Yunel Escobar moving on, maybe learning a bit

    Sep 28, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar eye black

    Yunel Escobar quietly returned last night.  There’s a story about it in The Globe and Mail. Interesting tidbits:  (a) a meeting with the head of You Can Play, which promotes equality and respect for athletes of all sexual orientations; and (b) Escobar catching the ceremonial first pitch from David Testo, an openly gay soccer player. Also of note:…

  8. Omar Vizquel passes Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list

    Sep 19, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Vizquel makes a diving catch against the Seattle Mariners during their MLB game in Toronto

    UPDATE: Now Vizquel has doubled, passing the Bambino. 2:30 PM: Omar Vizquel singled to right in the top of the fourth of today’s Blue Jays-Yankees game.  That’s, like, 90 small steps to first for Vizquel, but one giant leap for his all-time hitting numbers: with it he tied Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list…

  9. Omar Vizquel, Babe Ruth, and the all-time hits list

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    billboard hits

    I’m sure Omar Vizquel fans will be angry about this comparison, but it’s not so much about him as it is me trying to point out the silliness behind acting as if “hits” are a good way to gauge someone’s overall ability as a hitter. Anyway, yesterday Vizquel notched his 2,871st and 2,872nd career hits,…

  10. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 17, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Orioles 9, Athletics 5: Baltimore salvages one. Which is important for two reasons. Reason 1:  It’s their 82nd win of the year, which means they will finish above .500 for the first time in forever.  More importantly: they really just need to avoid the disaster west coast trip here. If they take care of business…

  11. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 10, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Rays 6, Rangers 0: That, my friends, is B.J. Upton.  Three homers for big brother and a two-hit shutout for James Shields. This will make Rays fans feel really good until Texas bounces them easily in the division series again. Marlins 8, Nationals 0: The Nats have not won a game since they shut down Stephen…

  12. The Orioles finally lose a one-run game while the Rays finally win one

    Sep 1, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

    Molina Vizquel collision Getty

    We’ve heard a lot recently about the Orioles’ success in one-run games and the Rays’ inability to win one. Well, their fortunes finally reversed today. We’ll start with the Orioles. They entered the bottom of the seventh inning with a 3-1 lead against the Yankees, but things unraveled from there. Wei-Yin Chen was ahead of…

  13. Brett Lawrie could return to the Blue Jays on Tuesday

    Aug 16, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    brett lawrie ap

    From beat writer Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com comes word that Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is tentatively scheduled to spend this upcoming weekend playing in minor league rehab games and could be cleared to return to the active 25-man roster as early as Tuesday night. Lawrie has been on the 15-day disabled list since August…

  14. Omar Vizquel wants to be a major league manager next year

    Aug 10, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    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 FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi. The fact that both…

  15. Maury Wills thinks he should be a Hall of Famer for some reason

    Jul 12, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    Maury Wills was asked when he’ll make the Hall of Fame. His response: “I don’t know … Maybe they’re waiting to do me like they did Ron Santo. He dies and they put him in the next year. Isn’t that ridiculous? Maybe they’re just waiting to do that. I was thinking about that. I don’t think…

  16. Omar Vizquel says he’s retiring at season’s end

    Jun 26, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Omar Vizquel has hinted at the likelihood several times, but he made it clear today that this is his final season in the majors. NESN has the translated quotes: “This will be my last year,” Vizquel said in Spanish. “I’ve enjoyed this game a lot, but I think it’s time to pursue a new career…

  17. Banged up Blue Jays find themselves in a bind

    May 27, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    Jose Bautista thought he was finished being a third baseman. Brett Lawrie had never even gotten started at shortstop. Yet both players were forced to change positions after Yunel Escobar injured his groin in Sunday’s loss to the Rangers. With Kelly Johnson absent due to a sore hamstring and Yan Gomes getting sent down before…

  18. Omar Vizquel is now the oldest shortstop in MLB history

    May 7, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    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…

  19. Omar Vizquel got ejected while not even playing last night

    May 2, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    You might think that a 45-year-old in his 24th big-league season would be pretty mellow, but Omar Vizquel got ejected from last night’s game … and he wasn’t even playing. During a Drew Hutchison-Mike Napoli matchup in the fifth inning Vizquel disagreed with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook’s call of a ball and started yelling…

  20. Jays win longest opener on record, beating Indians in 16

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    J.P. Arencibia played the hero, hitting a three-run homer off Jairo Asencio in the top of the 16th inning to lead the Blue Jays past the Indians, 7-4, in the longest Opening Day game on record. The game should have ended in nine, but Chris Perez blew a three-run lead for Cleveland after an outstanding…

  21. Omar Vizquel plays left field and first base

    Apr 5, 2012, 7:21 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Exactly what the Jays signed him to do, right? Omar Vizquel “played” left field for the first time in his 24-year career and them moved to first base in Thursday’s opener against the Indians. Except, in reality, Vizquel never set foot in left. He was brought in as a fifth infielder with the bases loaded…

  22. Jim Tracy on Ubaldo Jimenez: “It’s the most gutless act I have seen in 35 years of professional baseball”

    Apr 2, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jim Tracy didn’t mince words about the Ubaldo Jimenez-Troy Tulowitzki thing from yesterday: “It’s the most gutless act I have seen in 35 years of professional baseball. I have lost all respect for him. To do something like that and walk down off the mound, and if there’s any suggestion whatsoever that the ball got…

  23. Omar Vizquel snags a spot on Blue Jays’ bench at age 44

    Mar 28, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Jamie Moyer is still fighting for a spot on the Rockies’ pitching staff, but the other elderly gentleman in spring training, 44-year-old Omar Vizquel, has secured a place on the Blue Jays’ bench for Opening Day. Toronto made it official today and also optioned his utility man competition, Mike McCoy, to Triple-A. Vizquel no longer…

  24. Omar Vizquel: “This will likely be my last year”

    Feb 23, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com was on hand today when Blue Jays shortstop Omar Vizquel said today that 2012 will likely be his last year: “This will likely be my last year.  My motivation is to challenge myself to play another year. I know every year it starts to get a little harder for yourself and…

  25. Running down the rosters: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos has made a bunch of smart moves since taking over after the 2009 season and he was presented with one of the greatest gifts in major league history when the Angels took Vernon Wells‘ contract off his hands and sent back Mike Napoli in return, yet his Blue Jays are still…

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