Omar Vizquel Stats

Omar Vizquel was born on Monday, April 24, 1967, in Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela. Vizquel was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 3, 1989, with the Seattle Mariners. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Omar Vizquel baseball stats page.

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"(Omar) Vizquel makes a specialty of his magic act. Average players sometimes make great plays, but most of these plays are performed by the artists of their crafts. As a shortstop, Vizquel has provided me with more exciting moments than any other baseball player." - Sportswriter Bob August in the News-Herald (2001)

Omar Vizquel

Omar Vizquel Autograph on a 1996 Leaf Signature Series (Bronze)

Omar Vizquel Autograph on a 1996 Leaf Signature Series (Bronze)

Birth Name:
Omar Enrique Vizquel González ( Twitter : @VizquelOmar13 )
Nickname:
Little O - Manos de Seda (Hands of Silk)
Born On:
04-24-1967  (Taurus)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Francisco Espejo Escuela (Caracas, Venezuela)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Both
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-09
Player Weight Chart Weight:
180
First Game:
04-03-1989 (Age 21)
Last Game:
10-03-2012
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent

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Omar Vizquel Pitching Stats

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Omar Vizquel Hitting Stats

1989 22 Mariners 143 387 45 85 7 3 1 0 20 28 0 40 13 2 1 6 .220 .273 .261
1990 23 Mariners 81 255 19 63 3 2 2 0 18 18 0 22 10 2 0 7 .247 .295 .298
1991 24 Mariners 142 426 42 98 16 4 1 0 41 45 0 37 8 3 0 8 .230 .302 .293
1992 25 Mariners 136 483 49 142 20 4 0 0 21 32 0 38 9 1 2 14 .294 .340 .352
1993 26 Mariners 158 560 68 143 14 2 2 1 31 50 2 71 13 3 4 7 .255 .319 .298
1994 27 Indians 69 286 39 78 10 1 1 0 33 23 0 23 11 2 0 4 .273 .325 .325
1995 28 Indians 136 542 87 144 28 0 6 0 56 59 0 59 10 10 1 4 .266 .333 .351
1996 29 Indians 151 542 98 161 36 1 9 1 64 56 0 42 12 9 4 10 .297 .362 .417
1997 30 Indians 153 565 89 158 23 6 5 0 49 57 1 58 16 2 2 16 .280 .347 .368
1998 31 Indians 151 576 86 166 30 6 2 0 50 62 1 64 12 6 4 10 .288 .358 .372
1999 32 Indians 144 574 112 191 36 4 5 1 66 65 0 50 17 7 1 8 .333 .397 .436
2000 33 Indians 156 613 101 176 27 3 7 1 66 87 0 72 7 5 5 13 .287 .377 .375
2001 34 Indians 155 611 84 156 26 8 2 0 50 61 0 72 15 4 2 14 .255 .323 .334
2002 35 Indians 151 582 85 160 31 5 14 0 72 56 3 64 7 10 8 7 .275 .341 .418
2003 36 Indians 64 250 43 61 13 2 2 0 19 29 0 20 5 1 0 11 .244 .321 .336
2004 37 Indians 148 567 82 165 28 3 7 0 59 57 0 62 20 6 1 12 .291 .353 .388
2005 38 Giants 152 568 66 154 28 4 3 0 45 56 0 58 20 2 5 10 .271 .341 .350
2006 39 Giants 153 579 88 171 22 10 4 0 58 56 3 51 13 5 6 13 .295 .361 .389
2007 40 Giants 145 513 54 126 18 3 4 0 51 44 6 48 14 3 1 14 .246 .305 .316
2008 41 Giants 92 266 24 59 10 1 0 0 23 24 9 29 7 3 0 4 .222 .283 .267
2009 42 Rangers 62 177 17 47 7 2 1 0 14 13 0 27 5 0 0 0 .266 .316 .345
2010 43 White Sox 108 344 36 95 11 1 2 0 30 34 0 45 7 4 2 8 .276 .341 .331
2011 44 White Sox 58 167 18 42 7 1 0 0 8 9 0 18 4 2 0 2 .251 .287 .305
2012 45 Blue Jays 60 153 13 36 5 1 0 0 7 7 0 17 1 2 0 5 .235 .265 .281
24 Years 2,968 10,586 1,445 2,877 456 77 80 4 951 1,028 25 1,087 256 94 49 207 .272 .336 .352

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Omar Vizquel Fielding Stats

1989 Mariners SS 143 131 3,375 614 4.3 596 208 388 18 102 n/a n/a n/a .971 4.77
1990 Mariners SS 81 78 2,040 349 4.3 342 103 239 7 48 n/a n/a n/a .980 4.53
1991 Mariners 2B 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1991 Mariners SS 138 123 3,402 659 4.8 646 224 422 13 105 n/a n/a n/a .980 5.13
1992 Mariners SS 136 128 3,456 633 4.7 626 223 403 7 92 n/a n/a n/a .989 4.89
1993 Mariners SS 155 150 3,990 735 4.7 720 245 475 15 108 n/a n/a n/a .980 4.87
1994 Indians SS 69 68 1,836 323 4.7 317 113 204 6 54 n/a n/a n/a .981 4.66
1995 Indians SS 136 135 3,561 624 4.6 615 210 405 9 84 n/a n/a n/a .986 4.66
1996 Indians SS 150 149 3,936 693 4.6 673 226 447 20 91 n/a n/a n/a .971 4.62
1997 Indians SS 152 149 3,921 684 4.5 674 245 429 10 98 n/a n/a n/a .985 4.64
1998 Indians SS 151 149 3,948 720 4.8 715 273 442 5 94 n/a n/a n/a .993 4.89
1999 Indians RF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1999 Indians SS 143 140 3,643 632 4.4 617 218 399 15 88 n/a n/a n/a .976 4.57
2000 Indians SS 156 154 3,986 647 4.1 644 230 414 3 99 n/a n/a n/a .995 4.36
2001 Indians SS 154 152 3,962 640 4.2 633 219 414 7 88 n/a n/a n/a .989 4.31
2002 Indians SS 150 148 3,873 677 4.5 670 239 431 7 98 n/a n/a n/a .990 4.67
2003 Indians SS 64 63 1,654 324 5.1 317 114 203 7 59 n/a n/a n/a .978 5.17
2004 Indians SS 147 141 3,735 607 4.1 596 200 396 11 91 n/a n/a n/a .982 4.31
2005 Giants SS 150 144 3,876 668 4.5 660 234 426 8 81 n/a n/a n/a .988 4.60
2006 Giants SS 152 148 3,843 599 3.9 595 205 390 4 87 n/a n/a n/a .993 4.18
2007 Giants SS 143 136 3,657 651 4.6 642 198 444 9 90 n/a n/a n/a .986 4.74
2008 Giants SS 84 76 1,974 289 3.4 287 108 179 2 43 n/a n/a n/a .993 3.93
2009 Rangers 2B 16 14 378 72 4.5 72 23 49 0 12 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.14
2009 Rangers 3B 20 9 303 27 1.4 27 5 22 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.41
2009 Rangers SS 27 22 591 108 4.0 108 32 76 0 22 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.93
2010 White Sox 2B 19 18 453 63 3.3 63 22 41 0 9 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.75
2010 White Sox 3B 83 62 1,746 144 1.7 141 31 110 3 15 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.18
2010 White Sox SS 9 8 183 28 3.1 28 13 15 0 6 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.13
2011 White Sox 1B 1 0 9 2 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.00
2011 White Sox 2B 16 14 390 61 3.8 60 23 37 1 7 n/a n/a n/a .984 4.15
2011 White Sox 3B 29 20 546 44 1.5 44 13 31 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.18
2011 White Sox SS 9 8 216 26 2.9 26 8 18 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.25
2012 Blue Jays 1B 2 0 15 6 3.0 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.80
2012 Blue Jays 2B 24 18 492 84 3.5 84 32 52 0 13 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.61
2012 Blue Jays 3B 18 10 335 44 2.4 41 10 31 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .932 3.30
2012 Blue Jays LF 1 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
2012 Blue Jays SS 10 9 219 30 3.0 30 10 20 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.70
SS Totals 2,709 2,609 68,877 11,960 4.4 11,777 4,098 7,679 183 1,734 n/a n/a n/a .985 4.62
3B Totals 150 101 2,930 259 1.7 253 59 194 6 22 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.33
2B Totals 76 64 1,716 280 3.7 279 100 179 1 41 n/a n/a n/a .996 4.39
1B Totals 3 0 24 8 2.7 8 7 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
LF Totals 1 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
RF Totals 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
24 Years 2,940 2,774 73,552 12,507 4.3 12,317 4,264 8,053 190 1,797 n/a n/a n/a .985 4.52

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Omar Vizquel Miscellaneous Stats

1989 Mariners 1 4 .200 3 0 0 387.0 9.7 19.4 - - -
1990 Mariners 4 1 .800 0 0 0 127.5 11.6 14.2 - - -
1991 Mariners 7 2 .778 8 5 0 426.0 11.5 10.4 - - -
1992 Mariners 15 13 .536 5 0 0 0.0 12.7 23.0 - - -
1993 Mariners 12 14 .462 1 3 2 280.0 7.9 18.1 - - -
1994 Indians 13 4 .765 1 0 0 286.0 12.4 8.7 - - -
1995 Indians 29 11 .725 1 0 0 90.3 9.2 9.7 - - -
1996 Indians 35 9 .795 2 0 0 60.2 12.9 8.5 - - -
1997 Indians 43 12 .782 2 0 0 113.0 9.7 11.5 - - -
1998 Indians 37 12 .755 0 0 0 288.0 9.0 11.5 - - -
1999 Indians 42 9 .824 2 0 0 114.8 11.5 8.7 - - -
2000 Indians 22 10 .688 1 0 0 87.6 8.5 9.3 - - -
2001 Indians 13 9 .591 2 0 0 305.5 8.5 12.2 - - -
2002 Indians 18 10 .643 1 1 0 41.6 9.1 8.1 - - -
2003 Indians 8 3 .727 1 0 0 125.0 12.5 13.2 - - -
2004 Indians 19 6 .760 5 1 0 81.0 9.1 9.6 - - -
2005 Giants 24 10 .706 3 0 0 189.3 9.8 12.6 - - -
2006 Giants 24 7 .774 2 2 0 144.8 11.4 10.0 - - -
2007 Giants 14 6 .700 3 1 0 128.3 10.7 10.1 - - -
2008 Giants 5 4 .556 12 0 0 0.0 9.2 11.6 - - -
2009 Rangers 4 0 1.000 4 2 0 177.0 6.6 12.6 - - -
2010 White Sox 11 7 .611 2 4 1 172.0 7.6 11.5 - - -
2011 White Sox 1 2 .333 7 5 3 0.0 9.3 20.9 - - -
2012 Blue Jays 3 2 .600 12 1 1 0.0 9.0 21.9 - - -
24 Years 404 167 .708 80 25 7 132.3 9.7 11.1 - - -

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Omar Vizquel Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1989 Seattle Mariners 13 $68,000.00 - -
1990 Seattle Mariners 13 $135,000.00 - -
1991 Seattle Mariners 13 $180,000.00 - -
1992 Seattle Mariners 13 $360,000.00 - -
1993 Seattle Mariners 13 $1,112,500.00 - -
1994 Cleveland Indians 13 $2,350,000.00 - n/a
1995 Cleveland Indians 13 $2,900,000.00 - Stats
1996 Cleveland Indians 13 $3,050,000.00 - -
1997 Cleveland Indians 13 $3,050,000.00 - Stats
1998 Cleveland Indians 13 $3,050,000.00 Stats -
1999 Cleveland Indians 13 $3,050,000.00 Stats -
2000 Cleveland Indians 13 $3,000,000.00 - -
2001 Cleveland Indians 13 $3,000,000.00 - -
2002 Cleveland Indians 13 $4,500,000.00 Stats -
2003 Cleveland Indians 13 $5,750,000.00 - -
2004 Cleveland Indians 13 $6,250,000.00 - -
2005 San Francisco Giants 13 $3,156,869.00 - -
2006 San Francisco Giants 13 $3,640,044.00 - -
2007 San Francisco Giants 13 $5,140,084.00 - -
2008 San Francisco Giants 13 $5,000,000.00 - -
2009 Texas Rangers 13 $1,000,000.00 - -
2010 Chicago White Sox 11 $1,375,000.00 - -
2011 Chicago White Sox 11 $1,750,000.00 - -
2012 Toronto Blue Jays 17 $750,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Omar Vizquel was named one of the 100 Greatest Cleveland Indians Players ever? As part of the club’s 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2001, a panel of veteran baseball writers, historians and executives selected a roster of the Top 100 Greatest Indians and Vizquel was named one of the seven shortstops.

Omar Vizquel was the oldest player (45 years old) in Major League history to take the field at shortstop: On May 6, 2012 , Little O broke the record (44 years old) originally set by Bobby Wallace in 1918, and after the game Vizquel said (MLB.com, Gregor Chisholm, 05/06/2012, 'Vizquel sets mark as oldest to play shortstop', Source ), "When you go back 100 years to look for a record, it is pretty amazing, actually. I can't believe that I'm still jumping around and playing shortstop at this age. I feel pretty good about myself, I feel pretty good about my physical condition. It hasn't been a year of work, it has been constantly working out every year, trying to improve your speed or your flexibility. It has been really hard work."

Omar Vizquel led his league in sacrifice hits in 1997 (16), 1999 (17), 2004 (20) and 2005 (20). He finished in the top ten eight additional times, and was in the top ten for sacrifice flies three times. In 2018, Vizquel appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot and received 37% of the vote, well shy of the 75% needed for a plaque in Cooperstown. Should he receive more credit for his sacrifice stats?

Omar Vizquel, The Sultan of Sacrifice

When Omar Vizquel's Hall of Fame Chances were dismissed by some Analytics experts because his offense was below average, I was surprised. As a lifetime Cleveland Indians fan I recall Omar Vizquel spending several years near the top of the line-up for some very good Indians teams of the 1990’s. For Omar Vizquel to be placed so high in the line-up had to mean something about his hitting was being overlooked by those who were now stating Vizquel’s offense was not worthy of a Hall of Fame Inductee.

I had a hunch that something was being overlooked so I did some research on Baseball Almanac and Baseball Prospectus and discovered that Omar Vizquel is the Modern Era Leader in combo sacrifice hits and sacrifice flies with 350. To give this statistic some perspective, no other Modern Era Player has reached 300 combo sac hits and sac flies. The next highest total I have been able to find is, ironically enough, Ozzie Smith with 277 combo sac flies and sac hits. It appears that Omar Vizquel is the Modern Era Sultan of Sacrifice when it comes to Combo Sac Hits and Sac Flies.

If a ballplayer has slightly below average offensive numbers, but is the modern era leader in combo sac hits and sac flies by a wide margin, that would seem to indicate Vizquel is at the very least a competent hitter. Being a competent hitter along with 11 Gold Gloves should warrant Hall of Fame enshrinement, if not on the first ballot, then perhaps going forward on the second or third ballot. There have been incredible defensive players who could not get regular playing time because they could not hit enough, so one can logically conclude that Vizquel was good enough of a hitter to allow him to be an everyday shortstop so he could win those 11 Gold Gloves .

It should also be noted that Vizquel won his last two Gold Gloves at age 38 and 39, twice breaking the record for oldest shortstop to ever win a Gold Glove .

Fellow Venezuelan and Hall of Fame Shortstop Luis Aparicio is statistically similar to Vizquel in many ways. Aparicio's biggest advantage over Vizquel was his base running, which yielded a better stolen base percentage (79% versus 71%) than Vizquel’s. However, when we factor in Vizquel’s 350 combo sac hits and sac flies ( Aparicio had 237), and Vizquel's 11 Gold Gloves ( Aparicio had 9), it is not unreasonable to conclude that overall both players were equivalent and both players should be in the Hall of Fame.

by Alessandro Machi . June 19, 2018.

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Omar Vizquel Trivia: Vizquel is the all-time leader in games played at shortstop (2,709), the all-time leader in double plays at shortstop (1,735), the oldest shortstop to ever win a Gold Glove (age 38 in 2005, age 39 in 2006), he has the highest career fielding percentage at short (0.9846) with at least 1,000 games played, AND he is the all-time leader in hits by a player from Venezuela .

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