Why does this number matter? Because all but two retired men (Pete Rose, Rafael Palmeiro) ahead of Vizquel are currently in the Hall of Fame. Craig Biggio and Derek Jeter are also ahead of him, but they will both be elected to the Hall in their first opportunities. And whenever Vizquel retires, he should be too.
His career fielding percentage is .985, the second-highest ever by a shortstop. The only man ahead of Vizquel is current Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
Most would associate the greatest fielding shortstop to be Ozzie Smith. His career fielding percentage is seven points below Vizquel’s, in Smith’s 24 big-league seasons, he only committed a single-digit number of errors four times. Vizquel has done that 13 times.
Outside of his 11 Gold Gloves—he won two more with the Giants in 2005 and 2006—Vizquel has showcased his speed on the basepaths. He’s swiped 404 bases in his career, and while that number only gets him to No. 70 on that career-list, it’s been his utility and overall effectiveness that should make him a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
...He’s been a class act throughout his career, a big plus when it comes time for the BBWAA to vote. Vizquel has stayed away from the steriod era scandals, another big perk when it becomes his first time on the ballot. If Vizquel calls it quits after 2012, or stays in the big leagues until he reaches 3,000 hits, he should be in the Hall of Fame on his first try.
Posted: September 22, 2012 at 09:27 PM | 75 comment(s)
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