What does any good player do when his time playing the game is over? That player has a few options; he retires, he commentates, he coaches or he becomes a spokesman for used cars at your local used car dealership. While most former MLB players don’t fall on hard times that lead them to questionable career, they do find new ones where they can apply their years worth of experiences to the game.
Former Toronto Blue Jays infielder, Omar Vizquel hung up his glove in 2012 from playing baseball. Vizquel was the last position to play who was born in 1960s and to play in the 1980s. Now, Vizquel has been hired as an infield coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Before his retirement, Vizquel stated his interest in coaching; now his interests have been met. Vizquel is a veteran in every sense. In his 24-year successful career, Vizquel was named All Star three times. Vizquel played in 2,709 games at short stop, the most in MLB history and was the oldest player to start at a position during his run with Toronto.
Indeed a true veteran when he was a player and one day, to be a veteran of coaching. Though Vizquel has the utmost knowledge of the game, he is new as a coach and will likely start out as a minor league coach along with Bobby Knoop. Although he is new to coaching, I believe he will one day go on to become one of the wisest MLB coaches in history.