Omar Vizquel to be inducted into Indians Hall of Fame
Fan favorite, 11-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop will be inducted on June 21 at Progressive Field.
Jul 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians former shortstop Omar Vizquel and Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr. (15) before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Detroit won 4-2.
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By Marcus Hartman
The Cleveland Indians announced Tuesday morning Omar Vizquel will be inducted into the team's hall of fame June 21.
Vizquel, a shortstop who won 11 Gold Gloves and made the American League All-Star team three times, played for the Indians from 1994-2004 as part of a 24-year major league career.
"I never thought that I could belong to a prestigious group of players that have given everything to the city of Cleveland in an Indians uniform," Vizquel said via a team release. "My priority always was the game and to enjoy it as much as possible. I'm honored by this and to have had the chance to play for the Indians."
He batted .283 for the Tribe with 60 home runs, 584 RBIs, 279 steals, 288 double and 39 triples and was part of the 1995 and '97 teams that won the AL pennant. The Caracas, Venezuela, native helped Cleveland win six American League Central titles.
"Omar was a transcendent player and one of the best of all time at his position," Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio said in the release. "He was a big part of one of our organization's most successful periods, and we're excited for him to join the Indians Hall of Fame."
Vizquel will be the 40th player inducted into the team's hall of fame (established in 1951) when the Tribe plays host to the Tigers.
The team also plans to recognize Jimmy Dudley, an Indians TV broadcaster from 1948-67 on WJW and WRE. Dudley, who passed away in 1989, also broadcast football for the Browns, Baltimore Colts and Ohio State.