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Omar Vizquel #13

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A veteran of 26 years at the major league level, Vizquel enters his third season on 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 the recipient of 11 Gold Glove Awards (1993-2001, 2005-06)...inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame on June 21, 2014 and the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame on December 5, 2015. Owns the second-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, TigerFest, "Dancing with the All-Stars" to benefit Jack's Place for Autism Foundation and in the pregame ceremony prior to the annual ¡Fiesta Tigres! game, actively participates in the Detroit Tigers Autographed Memorabilia Donation and Tigers Dreams Come True Programs and attended Keeping Kids in the Game. Omar Enrique Vizquel and his wife, Blanca, reside in Sammamish, WA in the offseason.

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