February 2, 2013
Omar Vizquel has been hired by the Los Angeles Angels as a roving infield instructor. The 45-year-old Vizquel played for Toronto as a reserve infielder last season, finishing up his 24-year major-league career with 2,877 hits. The three-time all-star won 11 Gold Gloves. Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace has been sentenced to four months in jail under a work-release program. The 48-year-old former first baseman with the Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs pleaded guilty Thursday to felony endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol.
April 25, 2012 |
This must the be the Golden Age for baseball senior citizens. Jamie Moyer is turning back the clock in Colorado and Omar Vizquel, who turned 45 on Tuesday, started a pair of double plays at second base for the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. Now in his 24th major-league season, Vizquel made his debut on April 3, 1989. George H.W. Bush was barely two months into his presidency, Rain Man was the No. 1 movie at the box office and future author Jose Canseco was the reigning American League MVP. Vizquel, a native of Venezuela has played in four different decades with six different teams, has 11 Gold Gloves, 2,842 career hits and is a three-time all-star.
May 8, 2007 |
The Phillies told Shane Victorino to take a seat for two days last week in Atlanta. He wanted no part of it. He wanted to play and prove he can be an everyday player. But perhaps the rest helped. Or maybe it served as motivation. He hit .588 (10 for 17) with one walk, one double, one home run, four RBIs, seven runs, and six stolen bases in the four-game series against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. He entered last night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field hitting .304 with one homer, 12 RBIs, 18 runs and 13 stolen bases this season.
September 25, 2007 |
Don't look now, San Diego, but you have company atop the National League wild-card standings. The Phillies, to be exact. Omar Vizquel went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in as the San Francisco Giants beat the visiting Padres, 9-4. Meanwhile, the Phillies also moved within two games of the NL East lead as Washington beat the Mets. San Diego had taken a 2-0 lead in the second before the Giants tied it in the bottom of the second and broke it open with five runs in the third, when a two-run single by Vizquel capped the scoring.
September 28, 2008 |
Last day for Shea? Today is the final scheduled game at the Mets' home, Shea Stadium. Though the looming Queens monstrosity won't get the star treatment Yankee Stadium received last week, a few folks who know something about baseball spoke about Shea. "This place is a little outdated," Atlanta Braves slugger Chipper Jones said. "When you're actually out here, I see it as beautiful. When you're underneath, it's not so much. " "The ballpark really didn't wear well. I thought it got old in a hurry," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said.
October 23, 1997 |
It's shaping up as the lowest-rated World Series ever. The overnight rating for Tuesday's Game 3 of the World Series between Florida and Cleveland was 17.0, NBC said yesterday. That would be the second-lowest rated Game 3, ahead of only the 1993 series between the Phillies and Blue Jays. That news comes on the heels of some terrible news on the first two games. Game 1 was the lowest-rated Series game ever, by a staggering 19 percent. The combined 13.0 rating for the first two games was 13 percent lower than last year's 14.9 average for the first two games and 23 percent below the 16.8 average for the first two games in 1989, which wound up as the lowest-rated Series ever (16.4)
March 12, 2003 |
Just as one baseball book controversy simmered down, another one heated up again. The Phillies found themselves in the middle of the latest controversy yesterday. Closer Jose Mesa said that he would never forgive Omar Vizquel and that he would "kill him" for remarks his former Cleveland Indians teammate made about Mesa in his book. Bob Watson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations, said he would not comment on Mesa's remarks, which were reported in two newspapers.
March 7, 2008 |
San Francisco Giants lefthander Noah Lowry will have surgery on his left forearm today after a recent bout of wildness and is probably out until the end of April. Lowry was the Giants' top winner (14-8) last season. The lefty had trouble throwing strikes this spring and the team sent him back to the Bay Area to be examined by a hand specialist. The Giants said yesterday that Lowry was diagnosed with exertional compartment syndrome. According to MayoClinic.com, it is "an exercise-induced neuromuscular condition that causes pain, swelling and sometimes even disability in affected muscles of the legs or arms" and seems to affect primarily athletes in their 20s. "The thing we wanted to do was identify the problem and it looks like we've done that," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
May 14, 2008 |
The U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco filed 14 counts of perjury and one count of obstruction against Barry Bonds yesterday. The new indictment, known as a superseding indictment, doesn't add any new alleged falsehoods. "Barry Bonds is innocent," the player's lead attorney, Allen Ruby, said. Ruby said Bonds would appear in court to plead not guilty to the new charges. The case against Bonds is still built on whether he lied when he told the grand jury that his personal trainer Greg Anderson never supplied him with steroids and human growth hormone.