Omar Vizquel, Nearly 45, Makes Blue Jays' Roster Out Of Spring Training
Omar Vizquel is turning 45 next month, but that didn't stop him from earning a spot on yet another major league team -- Vizquel has made the Toronto Blue Jays out of spring training, according to the Associated Press. The Jays are his sixth big-league club.
"We knew what his character was and what kind of guy he was going to be in the clubhouse," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopolous said. "So that obviously came out the way it was expected. Omar just had a very good camp and he deserved to be on the team."
Vizquel spent the previous two seasons with the Chicago White Sox; he hit .251 last year, playing only 58 games. For his career, Vizquel has 2,841 hits and 11 shortstop Gold Gloves, second all-time behind Ozzie Smith. This will be his 29th professional season -- he was originally signed by the Seattle Mariners as an amateur free agent back in 1984.