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Honoring Aparicio -- and Vizquel

Posted on: February 8, 2010 6:03 pm
 
Remember when the White Sox had to un -retire No. 3 so Harold Baines could wear it? They had honored Baines by retiring his number, but made the mistake of not first waiting for him to retire. So then he came back, and naturally he wanted his number back. And so they gave it to him, even though they had retired it.

That was comical.

Now the White Sox are un -retiring Luis Aparicio's No. 11 so Omar Vizquel can wear it.

This isn't comical. This is appropriate.

Aparicio is the greatest shortstop ever from Venezuela, the country's only Hall of Famer. Vizquel is the greatest modern shortstop from Venezuela, and a possible Hall of Famer.

When Vizquel signed with the White Sox, he asked the team about Aparicio's number. Later, Vizquel asked Aparicio about it. Aparicio told Vizquel -- and the White Sox -- that he'd be honored.

That sounds right, because it's an honor to Aparicio to have another great (though aging) shortstop from his country wear his number. And an honor to Vizquel that he's deserving of No. 11.

One side note: The White Sox originally assigned Vizquel No. 17, which isn't retired but is known in Chicago for belonging to Chico Carrasquel, the first Venezuelan shortstop in the big leagues. And while Vizquel has worn No. 13 throughout his big-league career, he can't wear it in Chicago because that's manager Ozzie Guillen's number -- yet another Venezuelan shortstop.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Honoring Aparicio -- and Vizquel




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Honoring Aparicio -- and Vizquel

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Honoring Aparicio -- and Vizquel




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Honoring Aparicio -- and Vizquel

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Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2010 10:55 am
 

Honoring Aparicio -- and Vizquel

There are too many numbers being retired.  The bare minimum for retiring a number should be a first-ballot election to the Hall of Fame.  Unless your name can be mentioned in the same breath with Ruth, Gehrig, Mays, Aaron, Williams or Koufax no one should even think about retiring your number.  Like the Hall itself, retiring a number is supposed to mean something.  Bill Mazeroski?????  PLEASE!!!



Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2010 3:44 am
 

Honoring Aparicio -- and Vizquel

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I'm pretty much with you on this. If everyone concerned is oksy with it, why should it bother me? It doesn't! Rules, regualtions, traditions, etc., are fluid...they change from time to time. And, there are exceptions to almost everything in life.

When I was akid growung up, I thought Luis Apparicio and Nellie Fox were the best double play combo in the big leagues. I've been a fan of his ever since. If he's fine with it, and the team agrees, I have no problem with it. It's their organizational issue. They can do as they please as long as it's legal and doesn't violate baseball rules.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2010 1:55 am
 

Honoring Aparicio -- and Vizquel

I think there is only 1 good reason that a number can be un-retired in baseball, and that is if the retired player it belongs to lends the number to an active player. Luis Aparicio has a lot of class giving Vizquel his retired number, and Omar is one of the few shortstops with the credentials and class to deserve it. Rarely are these combinations met, but when they are I am okay with it.


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