Vizquel joining Tigers as first base coach

Add another former Major Leaguer to Brad Ausmus’ coaching staff in Detroit, and a nice get for the Tigers. Omar Vizquel will be Ausmus’ first base and infield coach. Venezuelan media first reported the move, which was later confirmed by MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez.

Add Vizquel to the hirings of hitting coach Wally Joyner and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, and the core of the Tigers coaching staff is essentially set. It’s not clear yet whether they’ll have a second hitting coach again, but if they do, that’s a position yet to be filled.

It’ll be Vizquel’s first post as a big league coach, but his resume gives him instant credibility. He played 24 years in the Majors before retiring in 2012. In those 24 seasons, he won 11 Gold Gloves and three All-Star selections. He played more games at shortstop than anyone in Major League history, and his .985 fielding percentage there ranks second all-time, according to baseball-reference.

The move is a boon for Jose Iglesias, who will take over as Detroit’s full-time shortstop next season.

The 46-year-old Vizquel spent this past season as a roving infield instructor in the Angels organization. When the Angels hired him, Mike Scioscia reportedly said he had no doubt that Vizquel had the potential to manage in the big leagues one day.

Vizquel also was an underrated baserunner, stealing 404 bases in his career. He also was caught 167 times, but there was an aggressiveness to his game.

12 Comments

little O is very accomplished defensively…he had alike the most double plays ever turned….and like 6 gold gloves….only had 3 errors at SS one season……also he is spanish speaking which i thought was mentioned as something they wanted

welcome to the Tigers Mr. Visquel, I am looking forward to you sharing your expertise and knowledge to our younger players.

He is working with Leones del Caracas to become manager in the future. The rumor has him overtaking the current manager who could be fired soon, but he has denied it because he wants to learn as coach .
Luis Aparicio calls Vizquel the best SS of all times
11 GG . He deserved at least another one gave away yo the statue at Yankee Stadium
Played more games at SS than anyone else.
First in DP
And 2877 career hits.
In Venezuela, he is expected to be the second venezuelan in the HoF
Hernan Perez is playing SS with Caracas tutored by him

thumbs up on this move

Makes you wonder if this means Perez will be getting a real shot at 2nd base?

This team continues to get better looking every day! ;-) Thrilled about this new hire.

Wow. Just another great hire. Who better to mentor Iglesias, Perez, and Suarez than Omar a soon to be Hall of Famer. He came to the Bigs at a tender age and over several seasons made himself into a solid hitter and agressive base runner. Before Ausmus became the guy that impressed them enough to get a job offer I wondered if Omar V. could do the same thing. Go Tigers!!!!

since their skills as players seem similar, you’d think Vizquel could help Iglesias refine his performance. but what isn’t known is how good Vizquel is as a teacher, and how good Iglesias is as a student…and those factors matter more. Earl Weaver (among others) liked a saying about teaching athletes: ‘It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.’

He was given a lot of credit for mentoring Andrus in TX during his rookie year.

did we have a defensive coordinator last year? if not – i like the creation of such a position!

We have to love BA’s coaching selections, especially OV. It’s hard to think of another MLB player of his stature who has the universal respect of his peers. What a great choice, from so many perspectives, including experience in key skill sets that can stand improvement, knowledge of the game and presumed ability to connect with all of our Latin players. Way to go Mr A! As Evan has said: “Is it Feb 15 yet?”

seriously tho I can hear the voice of the turtle – we must be there by now

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