(NEW YORK) — After 24 years in Major League Baseball, 45-year-old Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Omar Vizquel has confirmed that 2012 will be his last season in the big leagues.
Vizquel is currently serving as a utility player for the Blue Jays and has played sparingly.
“This will be my last year,” Vizquel originally said in Spanish. “I’ve enjoyed this game a lot, but I think it’s time to pursue a new career as a coach or manager, and hopefully I’ll get the opportunity in the future.”
2012 will cap off a stellar career for Vizquel. He broke into the Majors back in 1989 with the Seattle Mariners. He went on to win 11 gold gloves and made three All-Star teams.
Vizquel will also leave the game as the all-time leader in career games played by a shortstop. He is also the active leader in hits, seventh in runs scored, and fifth in steals.
This season, Vizquel is hitting .224 with just two runs batted in.
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