(DUNEDIN, Fla.) — If shortstop Omar Vizquel can teach us anything, it’s that age is just a number. At 44-years of age, Vizquel is still playing in the Major Leagues. After a productive spring training, Vizquel will be a member of the Toronto Blue Jays this season.
Vizquel will turn 45 next month, making him the oldest active position player in Major League Baseball. The former three-time All Star is batting .433 in 15 exhibition games, and will serve a utility infielder/mentor to younger players.
“We knew what his character was and what kind of guy he was going to be in the clubhouse,” Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopolous said. “So that obviously came out the way we expected. Omar just had a very good camp and he deserved to be on the team.”
Vizquel will enter his 24th Major League season. He spent the previous two seasons with the Chicago White Sox, last season he hit .251 in 167 at-bats. Vizquel is an 11-time Gold Glove winner and has 2,841 career hits.
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