Posted May 02, 2012

Blue Jays SS Omar Vizquel Thinking Retirement After This Season

MLB

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Omar Vizquel says he may retire at the end of this year, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

“I think this is going to be it for me,” Vizquel told FOXSports.com Wednesday morning. “This is going to be my last year.”

During the 17-minute interview with Morosi, Vizquel then went on to say that he is only “51 percent” sure that he’s going to retire after the 2012 season.  Once he does retire, the 45-year-old shortstop will likely be a Hall of Famer, winning 11 Gold Glove awards, including nine in a row in his 21-year career.

The main reason why Vizquel is contemplating retirement is because of the reduced playing time he has had over the past two seasons.  In 2011, he appeared in 58 games with the Chicago White Sox and only five this year with the Toronto Blue Jays.  One thing Vizquel knows for sure is that he wants to remain in baseball, either as a manager or coach, once he does officially retire as a player.