Longtime Cleveland Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel will be honored as part of the 2016 Latino Baseball Hall of Fame class today in LaRomana, Dominican Republic. Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, Orlando Hernández, Edgar Renteria, Sammy Sosa, and Jesse Orosco will be inducted alongside Vizquel as the "modern era" inductees.
Omar spent the majority of his 24-year career on the Indians, anchoring the dynamic infield of the exciting, American League pennant-winning teams of the ‘90s. Although he was consistently very good over his career, Omar lacked any kind of significant peak that would help him make a case for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. His best season came in 1999 when he slashed .333/.397/.436, stole 42 bases, and played some of the best defense of his storied career. He finished his career with 404 career stolen bases--No. 71 on the all-time list--and an incredible career strikeout rate of 9.0 percent.
This past season Vizquel was also named one of the Cleveland Indians "Franchise Four" alongside Bob Feller, Tris Speaker, and Jim Thome as voted on by fans. He is also part of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame after being inducted as the 40th member in 2014.
Omar retired from baseball in 2012 after one final year with the Toronto Blue Jays, but returned two years later as the Detroit Tigers first base coach, where he still remains.