Omar Vizquel likely to retire after 2012

Updated: February 24, 2012, 1:38 AM ET
Associated Press

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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Shortstop Omar Vizquel says he will likely retire after this season.

The 11-time Gold Glove winner is in the Toronto Blue Jays' spring training camp on a minor league deal. He said Thursday that he'd like to be a manager.

Vizquel, who turns 45 on April 24, would be headed into his 24th major league season if he makes the club. Vizquel provided a positive clubhouse influence for the Chicago White Sox the past two seasons and a reliable option off the bench.

The three-time All-Star appeared in 58 games last year, batting .251 with eight RBIs and seven doubles. He is a career .272 hitter in 2,908 games.

Vizquel's .985 fielding percentage is best all-time among qualifying shortstops.


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