32. Omar Vizquel
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 24, 1967 in Caracas, Di Venezuela
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 03, 1989
  • Final Game: October 03, 2012
  • Gold Glove - 1993
  • Gold Glove - 1994
  • Gold Glove - 1995
  • Gold Glove - 1996
  • Hutch Award - 1996
  • Gold Glove - 1997
  • Gold Glove - 1998
  • Gold Glove - 1999
  • Gold Glove - 2000
  • Gold Glove - 2001
  • Gold Glove - 2005
  • Gold Glove - 2006
  • MVP - 1999
 
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Historically speaking, it is safe to say that one of the best defensive players of all-time is Omar Vizquel, who, as of this writing in ninth all-time in Defensive bWAR.  Much of that was accumulated as a member of the Cleveland Indians.

Playing at Shortstop, Vizquel began his career with the Seattle Mariners, where he played his first five seasons before he was traded to Cleveland after the 1993 Season.  Vizquel, who won the Gold Glove in his last year in Seattle, would rattle off another eight in a row, always with one of the highest Fielding Percentages in the AL.

Vizquel was not a great hitter, but he was good enough. With Cleveland, the Venezuelan had eight 150-Hit years, collecting 1,616 in total with the team.  A three-time All-Star, Vizquel was a good base-stealer, with 279 of his 404 Stolen Bases taking place in an Indians uniform.  He batted .283 for Cleveland, a more than respectable number, although his OPS was only .731.

Vizquel’s playing days in Cleveland ended when he signed with the San Francisco Giants in 2005, and he would continue to play in the Majors until 2012 when he was 45.

He entered the Indians' Hall of Fame in 2014.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Short Stop
  • Acquired: Traded from the Seattle Mariners for Felix Fermin, Reggie Jefferson, and Cash 12/20/93.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants 11/16/04.
  • Games Played: 1,478
  • Notable Statistics:

    906 Runs Scored
    1,616 Hits
    288 Doubles
    39 Triples
    60 Home Runs
    584 Runs Batted In
    279 Stolen Bases
    .283/.352/.379 Slash Line
    30.2 bWAR                     

    57 Playoff Games
    28 Runs Scored
    57 Hits
    7 Doubles
    4 Triples
    0 Home Runs
    20 Runs Batted In
    23 Stolen Bases
    .250/.327/.316 Slash Line

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1998, 1999 & 2002)
    Gold Glove (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001)
    Hutch Award (1996)
    Most Sacrifice Hits (1997, 1999 & 2004)
    Most Putouts by a Shortstop (1998)
    Most Total Zone Runs by a Shortstop (2003)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Shortstop (1998, 2000 & 2001)

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