13 Days – Omar Vizquel

Omar Vizquel

Omar Vizquel ToppsYou never know what the first day of a Major League Baseball season will bring.

On April 27, 1995 — a late start after the prolonged labor strife — the Indians opened their season at Texas. In the very first inning, Omar Vizquel was charged for two errors on one play. Will Clark reached first on Vizquel’s error at short, and Vizquel was charged for a second error on the throw, which allowed Jeff Frye to score. Just think, one inning into a season and one of the best shortstops in history already had two errors.

Well, things sort of turned around. The Indians won that game, 11-6, they won the American League pennant and reached their first World Series since 1954, and Vizquel won his third of an eventual 11 Gold Gloves. He finished the season with nine errors, so two of the nine came in the first moments of a season. Vizquel owns the highest all-time career fielding percentage (.985) among big league shortstops (minimum 1000 games) and ranks first in career games played as a shortstop (2,709), having played 24 seasons in the bigs. Funny how things work out.

Today as we countdown to 13 days until the MLB Opening Series on March 22 in Sydney, we remember the Venezuelan who played 24 seasons, mostly in the No. 13 for Cleveland. He opens this season on the Tigers’ coaching staff. Here’s a look back at his career, as you plan your own season. MLB Schedule | Tickets

Who should be No. 12?


    • nooregano

      The Dodgers & D backs are playing 2 games on March 22 in Australia that will count as regular season games. I agree the article is confusing, Omar Vizquel was a great player, but there is zero connection between him and the games in Australia.

    • nooregano

      One of my all time favorites. I was fortunate enough to see him play in 1962 and 1963 at Dodger Stadium. The 2 seasons that he won back to back batting titles. No doubt in my mind he would be a Hall of Fame player if he hadn’t broken his leg.

  1. nooregano

    Roberto Alomar would be a fine choice. However, a large percentage of fans under 40 likely no little or nothing about the great Tommy Davis. You would be educating many by highlighting this tremendous, yet mostly forgotten, ballplayer.

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