Omar Vizquel spent 23 years playing Major League Baseball for the Mariners, Indians, Giants, Rangers and White Sox. He is one of the most beloved Latin-born players to ever play baseball. And he is one of the most talented short stops to ever play the game. He joined Chad on Flight 750 Thursday to look back on his great career.Vizquel insists that playing for the Mariners was one of the greatest periods of his life.
"I love it. I signed with the Seattle Mariners when I was 16 years old and all I wanted to do was make it to the big leagues with them. I was fortunate that April 3rd, 1989 I got my first call on Opening Day against the Oakland A’s. It was a amazing."
Vizquel also talked about how he came to be such a great defensive short stop.
"I think playing in the fields in Venezuela with a lot of rocks and irregular field objects gave us this habit of fielding the ball bare-handed all the time and be aware of the bad hops all the time. And by the time I got to the United States and I saw all the fields that were so beautiful, I don’t think that I had any problem taking ground balls."
And finally, Vizquel talked about the possibility of joining the Baseball Hall of Fame.
"For me to be compared to one of those guys that are already there in the Hall of Fame, I never thought that I was going to be mentioned for such a thing. Hall of Famer is just such big words…I hope that someday I can even get voted for a spot to get there."
Take a listen to the great interview and be sure to check Vizquel out this season as he goes into his second season as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Angels.