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Like Castro, Vizquel had a 3-error day -- once

Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:24 pm
 
NEW YORK -- The day Omar Vizquel made three errors in a game, he vowed it would never happen again.

"It never has," Vizquel said Tuesday. "So far."

So far. It's only been 17 years and one week since that April 16, 1994 game at Jacobs Field, when Vizquel's three errors helped cost the Indians a game against the Royals.

"I remember, right after that, I went 72 games without an error," Vizquel said. "It was a wakeup call for me. And I'm sure it will be for him."

By "him," Vizquel meant Starlin Castro, the Cubs shortstop who committed three errors -- all in one inning -- Monday night.

"Days like that, anybody could have," said Vizquel, now a 44-year-old utility infielder with the White Sox. "Obviously, he got out of focus a little."

Vizquel get out of focus a lot less frequently than most. Six years after his three-error game, he went through the entire 2000 season (playing 156 games) and made just three errors.

"That's crazy," he said. "It's hard to go through a season with that few errors. The hard thing is keeping the focus. And, you know, I wanted to finish with two errors."

It's fashionable these days to pretend that the traditional fielding stats are meaningless, and it's true that fielding percentage isn't the best way to measure a player's defense. But Vizquel, one of the best defensive shortstops ever, said that he always concerned himself with how many errors he made.

"That first error of the year always kills you," he said. "I remember one year, I went through spring training without making one, then went the first two months with no errors.

"You're hoping they don't call one on you [on a close play]."

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