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White Sox Hire Omar Vizquel As Manager At Single-A Winston Salem

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White Sox Hire Omar Vizquel As Manager At Single-A Winston Salem

In an interesting move, the White Sox hire Omar Vizquel to be the new manager for the Winston Salem Dash. Omar Vizquel is a former shortstop who played 24 season’s in the MLB and was most recently the third base coach for the Detroit Tigers.

Vizquel initially interviewed for the Managerial position with the Detroit Tigers after the firing of Brad Asmus. This will be Omar’s first time managing an entire team in minor league baseball. However, he did serve as the manager of the Venezuelan team in the World Baseball Classic this past spring.

Winston Salem holds the development of impact prospects such as Ian Clarkin, AJ Puckett, Luis Alexander Basabe, Dane Dunning and Victor Diaz among others.

Vizquel takes the position of former manager Willie Harris, who was highly regarded throughout the White Sox organization. His experience as a player as well and his stint with the Tigers should help develop younger players.

Throughout the White Sox rebuilding stage, it is crucial to future success that the minor league players have strong coaching to enforce development. Omar may receive more young talent should Rick Hahn decide to acquire more prospects this off-season. So, it should be an exciting opportunity for Omar to jump into a farm system that has such potential.

Omar played with the White Sox in 2010 and 2011. He is a 3-time all-star and 11-time gold glover. Those 11 gold gloves, put him second all-time for a shortstop only behind Ozzie Smith. Vizquel finished his career with a .272 AVG/.336 OBP/.352 SLG batting line with 404 stolen bases. He will be eligible for induction into the hall of fame for the first time next year.

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