Tag:Omar Vizquel
Posted on: August 20, 2010 10:07 am
 

Vizquel interested in playing in 2011

Omar Vizquel Omar Vizquel may be 43, but he isn't ready to go home.

Since taking over as the team's regular third baseman following the injury to Mark Teahen, Vizquel has hit .312/.376/.376 in 214 plate appearances. Just five days prior to the torrid streak, the longtime shortstop had admitted that 2010 was probably his last season.

Vizquel was in the midst of his second full season as a bench player, and wasn't taking it well. ''Your mental process is different," he told the Chicago Sun-Times . You take different ways to prepare, and I don't know if I can do it another year. ... It makes you doubt sometimes. I don't think I want to go through that process again.''

Now that he's hitting and breaking out his usual defensive wizardry, Little O is reconsidering his stance.

'I think it would be sad that if at the end of the season I look back, look at my year, and say, 'Man, I don't think I can do this anymore,"' Vizquel said. "Taking a look at the numbers and the things that I have done this year, it will give me a good possibility to come back next year and try and see if a team is interested in wanting me again.''

Vizquel is expected to continue starting at third base even with Teahen back and is very likely to get at least 29 hits, which would push him to 2,800 for his career. Being so close to such an incredible milestone might spur Vizquel to hang on until he can reach 3,000 hits although that might not happen unless he accepts a position with a non-contender to get the playing time required.

Even then, he'll need at least two seasons to get the milestone as he has never amassed 200 hits in a season; his career high is 191, set in 1999 when hitting .333 for the Indians. Otherwise, Vizquel may have to play three or four more years to get 3,000 hits which seems outlandish. But Jamie Moyer was enjoying a solid year at age 47 before getting hurt, so who knows?

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 7, 2010 9:03 pm
 

Looks like Teahen has lost 3B job

Mark Teahen, on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte, made his first start in right field Saturday, reports Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.

Teahen was the starting third baseman for the White Sox for the first two months of the season, then broke his right middle finger fielding a grounder on May 30. Since then, Omar Vizquel has played well enough that apparently he'll keep starting at third and Teahen will come back as a utility player -- a situation he's used to. Teahen has played plenty of games in the outfield and started most of the season there for the Royals two years ago.

Teahen has been tearing it up offensively on his rehab assignment, batting .533 in six games entering Saturday.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 12:15 am
Edited on: July 28, 2010 2:00 am
 

Vizquel wants White Sox to add piece

Ozzie Guillen
Count Chicago's most veteran player among those who think the White Sox need one more player if they are serious about being a contender. Though he doesn't seem particularly, uh, particular about what kind of player.

"If it's not another pitcher, probably it's another hitter," Vizquel told the Chicago Tribune. "This is a time where we really need to make a step toward getting better and to separate between the teams that are around, having a chance, and the teams that really need to go on to the playoffs.

"This is the last time to make a change, and I think that with another guy on the team we might secure the next step."

Manager Ozzie Guillen thinks Vizquel needs to quit playing junior GM.

"His job is to play, not to make trades," Guillen said. "I know how the players feel. I always give my players the freedom to talk and say how they feel. I think if they feel that way, we know that. I think [general manager Kenny Williams] is aware of that."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 8:13 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2010 1:05 am
 

Strasburg sets obscure strikeout record


Stephen Strasburg So the latest installment in "they keep that record?" -- Stephen Strasburg has set the record for most starts in the first three starts of a career with 31, passing the previous record set by J.R. Richard. He picked up his eighth strikeout of the game (and 30th of his carer) in the fifth inning by getting Alexi Ramirez swinging. He finished the inning by striking out Gordon Beckham on a ball in the dirt. Eight of his nine strikeouts have been swinging strikeouts.

However, the Nationals are down 1-0 because Gavin Floyd has allowed just one hit through five innings.

Strasburg, on the other, has given up two hits, both in the first -- an infield single to Juan Pierre and a blooper by Omar Vizuel in the first. Since then, he's retired the next 15 batters.

As for those who note Strasburg's strikeout numbers have come against the likes of the Pirates and Indians, two last-place teams, the White Sox don't have a winning record, but did enter Friday's game with the fewest strikeouts in baseball.

UPDATE: Starsburg's done after seven innings, striking out 10, allowing one run on four hits with no walks. His ERA now stands at 1.86.

The Nationals scored a run on an Adam Dunn double in the seventh, so Strasburg will get a no-decision.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 6:09 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 2:28 pm
 

Angels may need outside help for SS

Erick Aybar The Angels are now without their two main shortstops as Macier Izturis hit the disabled list on Wednesday because of a strained left forearm.

The other shortstop, Erick Aybar, has avoided the disabled list thus far after seeing meniscal damage to his left knee, injured on a Casey McGehee takeout slide Monday. But if Aybar does hit the disabled list, the Angels are suddenly looking at being without a major-league caliber shortstop for a long period of time.

Right now, the Angels are asking former top prospect Brandon Wood, handed the third base job out of spring training, to shift back to shortstop, the position he played for years in the minor leagues. However, questions remain with Wood's bat as he is hitting a paltry .156 in 128 at-bats.

The team's other option is a 31-year-old journeyman in Triple-A, so general manager Tony Reagins admitted to the Los Angeles Times that the team may have to look outside the organization for shortstop help. Of course, a lot depends on how long Izturis and Aybar are out for. If it's just the minimum 15 days, the Angels may opt to scrape by or acquire a capable fill-in that can head to the bench. If it's much longer than 15 days, then clearly the Halos will have to pursue a higher-caliber player.

Who could the team pursue? Here's a list.
  • Ronny Cedeno: .235/.276/.333 in 204 at-bats. The Pirates are mired in laughable levels of losing even as the team graduates its best prospects to the majors. While Cedeno would be far from a solution, he could fit short-term and then head to the bench. Despite Cedeno's inability to hit, he boasts a slick glove and could play all around the diamond for the Angels once the team gets its shortstops back.
  • Craig Counsell: .277/.330/.366 in 101 AB. Yes, the 39-year-old is still around -- and producing. He's a bench player for the Milwaukee Brewers, but that's another NL Central team that has to be thinking of giving up on 2010 shortly. Counsell is in his fourth year with Milwaukee and is signed to an affordable deal.
  • Stephen Drew: .275/.344/.445 in 229 AB. If the Angels acquired Drew, it would be to install him at shortstop permanently. It's tough to imagine the Angels giving up what would be required for the 27-year-old, but the Diamondbacks intend to make just Ian Kennedy and Justin Upton untouchable in trade talks this summer, so the possibility is there.
  • Adam Everett: .185/.221/.247 in 81 AB. Everett is an older version of Cedeno, but would be easier to get considering the Tigers just realized him. No, he hasn't wielded a bat in quite some time but his vacuum on defense will give him a job. It wouldn't be surprising if the Angels signed Everett to a minor league deal even if Aybar can return to the lineup immediately.
  • Cristian Guzman: .297/.323/.369 in 222 AB. Guzman has an empty batting average, is a liability on shortstop and is owed $8 million. Other than that, hey, he's perfect.
  • Cesar Izturis: .222/.277/.269 in 108 AB. The Orioles have their hands full with a meager 18 victories on the season, and Izturis isn't important to the team's future. Izturis is also defensively inclined. There's not much separation between Izturis, Cedeno and Everett, so the smart money, again, rests on Everett simply by virtue of Everett being a free agent, allowing the Angels not to surrender anything in trade.
  • Edgar Renteria: .326/.372/.395 in 86 AB: Renteria has gotten his season off to a strong start, but most of his defensive value is gone. While he's been a bit underrated lately, it's clear he's on the tail end of his career. Renteria may be the best option of anyone on this list to fill in for a few months if needed, but one thing that might scare the Angels away is Renteria's numbers in the AL. In two seasons in the AL, one year apiece with the Red Sox and Tigers, he had a .711 OPS. In 13 NL seasons, he has a .753 mark.
  • Ryan Theriot. With the arrival of Starlin Castro, Theriot has been pushed out of shortstop. What may may him unavailable to the Angels is the fact Theroit is now the Cubs' second baseman. While he's currently being benched in a timeshare with Mike Fontenot and Jeff Baker, the team hasn't indicated they don't still see Theriot as a long-term 2B.
  • Omar Vizquel: .241/.301/.325 in 95 AB. The White Sox may be about to wave the white flag, and Vizquez would certainly prefer to play for a contender in what may be his swan song. Like many on the list, his value is in defense. That said, his bat isn't an embarassment like it was in his final year with the Giants in 2008 and at least has some life in it. Vizquez would also bring some notoriety to the club and the 43-year-old is known as a strong mentor. Given that Vizquel would come at a low price, he's looking like an appealing short-term solution at short and long-term backup.
  • Jack Wilson: .253/.275/.347 in 83 AB. A move for Wilson would be rather unlikely as he's tied up through 2011 for $5 million, but the Mariners may make him available in trade. He's lost playing time to the hot-hitting Jack Wilson and has developed a reputation for being injury-prone.
-- Evan Brunell

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