Toronto Blue Jays Avoid Last Place, Omar Vizquel Bows Out

By tomsanders
Tom Szczerbowski — US PRESSWIRE


Last days of baseball seasons are usually memorable, and this one was no execption.

The Toronto Blue Jays avoided the American League East cellar with a 2-1 win over the Minnestota Twins, and Omar Vizquel played his final major league game.

Vizquel borrowed Brett Lawrie’s number 13, that he wore with the Cleveland Indians as a tribute to fellow Venezuelan shortstop Dave Concepcion.

His 1 for 3 was a single in the seventh, in his last major league at-bat.

Earlier, he took a hit away from Drew Butera with a nice running catch, his back to home plate.

Teams can go a week without a middle infielder doing both in the same game.

Your Jays Writer thought Vizquel had enough left to play another season, but the future Hall of Famer has decided to hang ’em up. He exited with a fine game, and a standing O from the Rogers Centre partisans.

And, courtesy of the Boston Red Sox, the Jays stay out of last place.

In their wrap-up, the Sox allowed two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and lost 14-2 to the New York Yankees at the Meadowlands.

The Carmines ended their season with a loud thud, losing eight while the Jays won their last three.

Bobby Valentine will be fired in a few days, and speculation already has Jays manager John Farrell, a former Sox pitching coach, replacing him.

“Please come to Boston for the springtime,” Sox brass will plead.

Don’t do it, John, says YJW.

The Red Sox chew up nice guys, and Boston ain’t your kind of town.




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