Today in last guy on the 25-man-roster news, the artist formerly known as Omar Vizquel (above) has officially beaten back competition from Luis Valbuena, and poor, still-not-out-of-options, Mike McCoy, to land the somewhat-coveted job of utility man for the Jays. Per… um… everyone.
Also per everyone: Vizquel is old.
It will be cool the odd time we get to see Vizquel flash the leather, and if such intangibles exist in any kind of tangible way, it’s surely a bonus to have one of the best defensive and most respected players of his generation in the clubhouse, who may well end up enshrined in Cooperstown one day. And one with a reputation as being one of the smartest, too. He paints, for fuck sakes!
On the other hand, of course, we don’t exactly want to see too much of him. I mean, it will suggest something has gone very, very wrong for the 2012 Blue Jays if they give anything resembling significant playing time to a guy who was playing as a pro in rookie ball the summer Trudeau finished his second run as Prime Minister.
As… well… everyone else will have pointed out already, Vizquel is mostly here to mentor younger, Latin American shortstops like Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria– much in the way that he helped his previous teams, the Rangers and the White Sox, bring Elvis Andrus and Alexei Ramirez along.
If it works out that well with Hechavarria, yep… that’ll play.