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Omar Vizquel #31

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Full Name:
Omar Vizquel
Uniform #:
31

A veteran of 24 years at the Major League level, Vizquel joins the Tigers coaching staff as the club's first base / infield /baserunning coach.

• Prior to joining the Tigers, Vizquel spent one season as the roving infield instructor in the Angels Minor League system.

• Retired following the 2012 season after a 29-year playing career, including 24 years at the Major League level with the Mariners (1989-93), Indians (1994-2004), Giants (2005-08), Rangers (2009), White Sox (2010-11) and Blue Jays (2012).

• Named to the American League All-Star team in 1998, 1999 and 2002 with the Indians...is the recipient of 11 Gold Glove Awards (1993-2001, 2005-06).

• Owns the highest all-time career fielding percentage (.985) among big league shortstops (min. 1000 games)...ranks first in career games played as a shortshop (2,709) and is 12th all-time in total games played (2,968).

• Recorded a sacrifice hit and stolen base for 24 consecutive seasons, the longest and second-longest streaks in baseball history, respectively...ties Ty Cobb for lead in consecutive seasons with a sacrifice hit, and trails only Rickey Henderson (25) for consecutive seasons with a stolen base.

• Made six postseason appearances with the Indians (1995-99, 2001) including two trips to the World Series in 1995 and 1997.

• Captain of the 2006 Venezuelan World Baseball Classic Team.

• Originally signed by the Seattle Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on April 1, 1984...made his Major League debut on April 3, 1989 at Oakland.

• Participated in the Tigers Winter Caravan.

• Omar Enrique Vizquel resides in Sammamish, WA in the offseason...he has two children, Nico and Caylee.

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