Omar inducted: Vizquel joins Hall of Fame before sell-out crowd

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CLEVEAND, Ohio — It was exciting to see a packed house at the Indians game Saturday night.

In addition to the game, fans were excited to see former Indian, Omar Vizquel — even though he’s now coaching for the Detroit Tigers.

You see, the gold glove shortstop received a big honor here in Cleveland. Omar Vizquel is now part of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame.

On Saturday night, you could see most people wearing Omar’s number 13.

We all know now he’s a Tigers first-base coach, but everyone was absolutely cheering for him.

“He’ll make the major league hall of fame all day long. He’s just a phenomenal player,” said Steve Gasper, a fan. “He’s like the best short stop to ever play the game,” he added.

“Even though he’s on the other team now, we still love him,” said another fan.

“I’m glad that I’m a Cleveland Indian Hall of Famer now,” Vizquel said.

Vizquel is the 40th inductee.

“In my long career, as a player, a lot of people ask me what was the team I had the best time on, and the answer will always be the same, the Cleveland Indians,” gushed Vizquel.

“It’s an honor to have him in our hall of fame and a great night to celebrate his time as a Cleveland Indian,” said Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro.

Just like old times, Omar spent the evening performing in front of a packed house.

That included some former teammates and other Cleveland Indians Hall of Famers.

“Special moment for Omar Vizquel and for us too to have one of the of the best short stops in the game,” said former Indian, Carlos Baerga.

Vizquel played for Cleveland from 1994-2004. He earned eleven Gold Gloves in his career.

“The whole package as far as a player and a person, tremendous guy, totally deserves this,” said Mike Hargrove, former Indians manager.

“It’s a great day happy to be here for Omar, congratulations Omar,” said Charles Nagy, a former Indian.

“This is great, what an honor, very happy about it…what a lucky guy,” said Vizquel.

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