Omar Vizquel Planning To Retire After 2012

Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) talks to infielder Omar Vizquel (17) before their game against the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Omar Vizquel is saying that 2012 will be his last shot as a player, and that after the season, he'll start to gather experience as a coach.

Jamie Moyer is 49 years old, and he's still pitching. He's fought back from Tommy John surgery, he's signed a contract with one team that plays in a terrible pitching environment in Colorado, and he's signed a contract with another team that plays in a terrible pitching environment in triple-A Las Vegas. Jamie Moyer is clearly still driven by something that won't allow him to hang up his spikes.

Omar Vizquel is a mere 45, but he's preparing to hang up his spikes. Not immediately, but after the 2012 season. Didier Morais:

"This will be my last year," Vizquel said in Spanish. "I've enjoyed this game a lot, but I think it's time to pursue a new career as a coach or manager, and hopefully I'll get that opportunity in the future."

Vizquel says that, after the season, he'll look to coach in Venezuelan winter ball. He seems to have the ultimate goal of managing in the major leagues, and it isn't difficult to imagine Vizquel occupying such a position before all that long.

Now is not the time to reflect on Vizquel's body of work, because he's still adding to it as a member of the Blue Jays. But Vizquel has been around since 1989, even homering 14 times in 2002, and regardless of his age, he can still move around like a teenager. If it weren't for Jamie Moyer, we might all have a better appreciation of how Omar Vizquel is amazing.

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