Omar Vizquel to be Inducted into Indians Hall of Fame
CLEVELAND — A new baseball great will be honored with a permanent place in Heritage Park.
Fan favorite Omar Vizquel will become the 40th member of the Indians Hall of Fame.
His induction will take place on Saturday, June 21. A ceremony will be held before the game against the Detroit Tigers.
“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. “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.”
Vizquel was a member of the Tribe’s 1995 and 1997 World Series teams and is one of the best shortstops in Major League Baseball history, holding the league’s all-time best fielding percentage(.985), double plays turned (1,735) and games played at that position (2,709).
He also won 11 Rawlings Gold Glove awards and made three American League All-Star teams.
”Omar was a transcendent player and one of the best of all time at his position,” said Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio. “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.”
To be eligible for induction, players must have spent at least three seasons with the club and have been retired for at least a year.
The Indians Hall of Fame was established in 1951.