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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Omar Vizquel gets his mitt on at 44, plays first base for 1st time

As stratovolcanoes explode across the Defensive Spectrum Range!

In his 2,874th career major league appearance, Vizquel, an 11-time Gold Glove winner at shortstop, grabbed a mitt and played first base for the first time. As in, his life.

The Chicago White Sox needed him to shift from second base after manager Ozzie Guillen removed Paul Konerko for a pinch runner in the top of the 11th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Vizquel, who said he never had played first base in his life before Saturday, had a hard time finding a comfortable mitt. He went through several that belonged to Konerko and Adam Dunn (who, like Vizquel, is a right-handed thrower in case you’re wondering) before finding the right one.

Like “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” only with mitts. As reported in the Chicago Tribune:

  “I never even put a [mitt] on my hand at first base,” Vizquel said. “It felt very weird. I was really close to playing with my glove.”

Repoz Posted: May 29, 2011 at 09:37 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. My Grate Friend Peason's pants are rankled Posted: May 29, 2011 at 11:15 PM (#3840621)
Now he's a shoo-in for the Hall.
   2. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 29, 2011 at 11:27 PM (#3840633)
Vizquel is awesome.

I think he would have been better off just sticking with his usual mitt at first. Better to be comfortable with a "substandard" mitt at first than to use something you are totally out of your element with.

Not that I need to be lecturing Omar on anything about fielding...
   3. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: May 29, 2011 at 11:29 PM (#3840639)
In his shoes, I would have been inclined to go with my infielder's glove rather than a strange mitt I wasn't used to.

I imagine that some first basemen will be pointing out Omar's struggle to their teammates that say "playing first is easy".
   4. asinwreck Posted: May 30, 2011 at 02:37 AM (#3840743)
Ernie Banks was 14 years younger when he made the shift. Does this mean Omar will extend his career another decade.
   5. JoeHova Posted: May 30, 2011 at 02:46 AM (#3840752)
Does this mean Omar will extend his career another decade.

   6. The District Attorney Posted: May 30, 2011 at 03:29 AM (#3840774)
Judging from these posts, it looks like Vizquel is demolishing the "most career games played before appearing at a new position" records.
   7. Shredder Posted: May 30, 2011 at 10:33 PM (#3841097)
The great news for fantasy players is that Vizquel is now eligible at first base in a lot of leagues!

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