The Chicago White Sox have named former major-league infielder Omar Vizquel as the new manager at Class A Winston-Salem. Vizquel replaces former White Sox infielder Willie Harris at the helm of the Dash.Vizquel, 50, spent the previous four seasons (2014-17) as the first base, infield and baserunning coach for the
The Chicago White Sox have named former major-league infielder Omar Vizquel as the new manager at Class A Winston-Salem. Vizquel replaces former White Sox infielder Willie Harris at the helm of the Dash.
Vizquel, 50, spent the previous four seasons (2014-17) as the first base, infield and baserunning coach for the Detroit Tigers. During his time with the Tigers, the club won the American League Central Division title in 2014, tied for second in the AL with a .985 fielding percentage from 2014-17, and second baseman Ian Kinsler won a Rawlings® Gold Glove Award in 2016. Vizquel also managed Venezuela during the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He played for the White Sox from 2010-11, hitting .268 (137-511) with 18 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 38 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 54 runs scored over 166 games.
"We are excited for Omar to rejoin the White Sox organization as our Winston-Salem manager," said Chris Getz, White Sox Director of Player Development. "He has a wealth of experience and knowledge gained through an impressively lengthy baseball career. Omar is passionate about teaching the game, and we look forward to having him help with the development of the next generation of White Sox players."
Vizquel appeared in 2,968 games over 24 major-league seasons with Seattle (1989-93), Cleveland (1994-2004), San Francisco (2005-08), Texas (2009), the White Sox and Toronto (2012). He hit .272 (2,877-10,586) with 456 doubles, 77 triples, 80 home runs, 951 RBI, 1,445 runs scored, 404 stolen bases and 1,028 walks lifetime. Vizquel also appeared in 57 career postseason games with the Indians (1995-99, 2001) and was a member of two pennant-winning teams in 1995 and 1997.
The Caracas, Venezuela native is an 11-time Rawlings® Gold Glove Award winner at shortstop (1993-2001, 2005-06) and three-time AL All-Star (1998-99, 2002). Vizquel has been inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame, Latino Baseball Hall of Fame and is a first-time candidate for the National Baseball Hall of Fame (voting results to be announced on January 24, 2018).
Vizquel owns the second-highest career fielding percentage (.985) all-time among shortstops (minimum 1,000 games played) and ranks first in career games played as a shortshop (2,709). He also ranks among the major-league all-time leaders in games played (12th) and at-bats (17th).
The remainder of the White Sox player development staff and assignments will be announced at a later date.