Omar Vizquel, one of the best shortstops in the history of the Cleveland Indians and Major League Baseball, will be inducted into the club's Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 21, the team announced Tuesday. Vizquel is scheduled to appear briefly at Tribe Fest this weekend. Longtime Indians TV broadcaster Jimmy Dudley will be inducted posthumously into the Distinguished Hall of Fame for non-uniformed personnel. Vizquel is the Hall's 40th member. He will be honored in a ceremony before the Indians game against the Detroit Tigers on June 21, and he will be honored with a permanent place in Heritage Park, behind the center field wall at Progressive Field. “I never thought that I could belong to a prestigious group of players that have given everything to the city of Cleveland in an Indians uniform,” Vizquel said in a statement issued by the Indians. “My priority always was the game and to enjoy it as much as possible. I’m honored by this and to have had the chance to play for the Indians.” ”Omar was a transcendent player and one of the best of all time at his position,” said Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio. “He was a big part of one of our organization’s most successful periods, and we’re excited for him to join the Indians Hall of Fame.” Vizquel is the current all-time Major League Baseball leader at shortstop in fielding percentage (.985), double plays turned (1,735) and games played at the position (2,709). He won 11 Rawlings Gold Glove awards (nine consecutive from 1993-2001, and 2005- 2006), and is the oldest shortstop to win the award (at age 38 and again at 39). He also made three American League All-Star teams (1998, 1999, 2002).
Omar Vizquel will be inducted into Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 21
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jan 21