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Vizquel, White Sox amicably part ways

@scottmerkin
November 20, 2019

CHICAGO -- Omar Vizquel will not be returning as a manager in the White Sox Minor League system for the 2020 season. "We felt that it was best for both sides to make a change," White Sox director of player development Chris Getz told MLB.com Wednesday, calling the parting an

CHICAGO -- Omar Vizquel will not be returning as a manager in the White Sox Minor League system for the 2020 season.

"We felt that it was best for both sides to make a change," White Sox director of player development Chris Getz told MLB.com Wednesday, calling the parting an amicable one.

"Listen, Omar, ultra-talented player, very good instructor, created a good environment for our players," Getz continued. "We just felt with where things are at, our player development system, that it was time to go separate ways. But not only for himself, but for the organization as well and we wish Omar well. He was a positive influence while he was here."

Vizquel, 52, managed Class A Winston-Salem during the 2018 season and moved up to manage Double-A Birmingham in '19 covering his White Sox tenure. He guided the Dash to an 84-54 record and a first-half division title in '18 while earning Carolina League Manager of the Year honors in his managerial debut.

The Barons finished with a 64-72 mark in '19. Vizquel worked with top prospects such as Luis Robert, Nick Madrigal, Luis Alexander Basabe, Gavin Sheets, Blake Rutherford, Jimmy Lambert, Zack Burdi and Bernardo Flores with Birmingham. Vizquel played for the White Sox from 2010-11 as part of his stellar 24-year-career currently placing him on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.