Omar Vizquel added to Toronto Blue Jays roster
Omar Vizquel was added to the Toronto Blue Jays’ roster on Wednesday.
His addition comes a month before his 45th birthday. This makes Vizquel the oldest position player in the major leagues. He is the second-oldest active player behind pitcher Jamie Moyer, pitcher for the Colorado Rockies.
The Venezuela native spent two years with the Chicago White Sox as a utilityman and mentor before becoming a backup infielder. He began his career with the Seattle Mariners and would later play for the Texas Rangers, the San Francisco Giants, and the Cleveland Indians. He has won the Gold Glove 11 times and has the most hits recorded by any player from Venezuela (2,841). In Oct. 2011, he was ranked 45th in terms of all-time hits.
In 2002 Vizquel released his autobiography Omar!: My Life on and Off the Field, which he co-wrote with Bob Dyer. It spent four weeks on the New York Times best seller list.
Vizquel was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame on June 23, 2007.
He became a contender for the Blue Jays when Rick VandenHurk went to the Indians.His competition for the Blue Jays, Mike McCoy, was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas after Wednesday’s game against Baltimore, which the Blue Jays won 9-3.