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Omar Vizquel

Inducted 2014
Shortstop 1994-2004

"This is where I really established myself. I'm so happy that it happened here with the Indians."

During the mid-90s playoff runs, offense dominated the headlines, but Omar's defense also attracted fans' attention. Whether it was a barehanded grab or a leaping throw, he seemed able to do it all. Omar was an 11-time Gold Glover (8 with the Tribe), and his ability to play shortstop at a high level ranks him among the greatest Cleveland infielders of all time.

Vizquel owns numerous franchise records including a .995 fielding percentage from the 2000 season. During the same campaign, he committed only three errors, another record for Indians shortstops. Between 1999 and 2000, Omar set the franchise record (and then an MLB record) by going 95 straight games without an error. With the Tribe, Omar played in six ALDS, three ALCS, and two World Series. He also appeared in three All-Star games.

His durability allowed Omar to spend 24 seasons in the majors and 11 with the Indians. He ranks 12th all time for games played (2,968). Among Major League shortstops, he is the all-time leader for in double plays turned (1,734) and fielding percentage (.985).

After he retired from baseball, Omar has worked with several teams including the Angels. Currently, Vizquel is the first base coach for the Detroit Tigers.

  • POSITION: Shortstop
  • BATS: Switch
  • THROWS: Right
  • HEIGHT: 5'9"
  • WEIGHT: 180
  • BORN: April 24, 1967 in Caracas, Venezuela
  • DEBUT: April 3, 1989
  • FINAL GAME: October 3, 2012
Indians Career Statistics
1478 5708 906 1616 60 584 6212 586 279 .283 .352 .379