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Omar Vizquel to be Inducted into Indians Hall of Fame

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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.

8 comments

  • Audrey Morris

    I’M SO HAPPY YES WAS IMPRESSIVE BUT JUST AS GOOD AS HE WAS ON THE FIELD WAS AS GOOD OF A PERSON HE WAS. WAY TO GO OMAR…

  • Ed

    Omar to Alomar to Thome. Now that was a a great double play combo May be the best ever. Who will ever forget Omar jumping over. the runner at second base to complete a double play.

  • Joyce Braz

    WAY TO GO OMAR !! No one deserves this honor more than you !
    You were the VERY BEST shortstop the Indians ever had; not to mention the best shortstop of ANY team !
    I have to be your number 1 fan, have loved watching you each time you played ! I have your jersey & hat &, &, &…! I just wish I could have met you in person !
    Best of everything to you; can’t wait until you’re inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown !

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