Omar Vizquel to Join 3,000 Hit Club with White Sox?

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Yesterday, the Chicago White Sox agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.75-million contract with 11-time Gold Glove infielder Omar Vizquel. The 43 year old, hit .276 (95-344) with 11 doubles, two home runs and 30 RBI in 108 games with the White Sox in 2010.  He made 62 starts at third base, 19 at second, eight at shortstop and one as the designated hitter.

And believe it or not, the native of Caracas, Venezuela, is just 201 hits away from joining the hallowed 3,000 hit club. We know he likely won’t get enough at bats in 2011 to reach the mark. But since he’s coming back next year, and he had about 100 hits last season, why not saddle up in 2012 and get another c-note or so worth of base hits to initiate himself into that elite company?

By Paul M. Banks

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Omar Vizquel now 50th on all-time MLB Hit List

VIZQUEL

Yes, believe it or not, 43-year-old Chicago White Sox infielder Omar Vizquel has now cracked the top fifty all time on the Major League Baseball base hits list. Like Wilford Brimley, he’s still a bad ass even though he’s rapidly aging. And like Brimley’s Quaker Oats ads, “the right thing to do,” was to keep Vizquel on the roster instead of turning him into a base coach.

Back in May, when Omar got off to a slow start, we weren’t so sure. But here we are, Vizquel is thriving in an important table setting role. Hitting .281 for the season, and doing it while usually batting in the crucial two hole. Vizquel, who spent most of his career with the Cleveland Indians, got his 2,751st hit Friday night in the 8th inning of the Sox 5-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.

By Paul M. Banks

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