Omar Vizquel’s record: Hes played a lot of games
Omar Vizquel has been around for a minute. When he played this weekend he took the record for the most games played by a shortstop.
On Sunday, the 41-year-old established a new record when he played in his 2,584th contest, surpassing fellow Venezuelan Luis Aparicio for most MLB games ever played by a shortstop. Aparicio’s record dates back to 1973.
“This is truly big and amazing,” Vizquel said. “I’m proud of my accomplishment, considering that it was done against all odds. No one believed that I would play for so long, perhaps because I’m so short, or maybe because I didn’t have a good throw, or simply because my offensive performance was not up to expectations. Today, however, we are here talking about records and history, which makes me feel truly proud of myself.”
This is pretty impressive especially when you consider that guys like Cal Ripken Jr played SS and Vizquel is garbage when it comes to hitting. He was always an exceptional fielder though. He has won 11 gold gloves which is second only to the great Ozzie Smith. His career fielding percentage is .984 which is the best among all shortstops who have played at least 1000 games.
Congrats to Omar.
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