Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Angels hired shortstop Omar Vizquel as their new roving infield instructor, multiple sources reported Wednesday.
Vizquel, who won 11 Gold Glove Awards during his stellar 24-year career in MLB, landed his first post-playing job after retiring at the end of last season.
Known as Little O, Vizquel will assume the role left void by Dick Schofield, who was not signed to an extension by the Angels.
“It’s a great presence that he brings,” Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said of Vizquel’s hiring, “and it comes from his accomplishments — a long career that we believe culminates in the Hall of Fame. We’re thrilled to have him.”
According to the team, Vizquel will work hand-in-hand with assignment infield coach Bobby Knoop, though his role will be more hands-on.
Dipoto, who played with Vizquel during their time with the Cleveland Indians, believes the shortstop legend is the right man for the job.
“Omar had the best timing, or internal clock, of any infielder I ever watched,” Dipoto said. “I don’t know if he can pass on the internal clock, but he can pass on a lot of the little tips and nuances, and at the end of the day, we feel like he’s the type of guy who can really go in and make a difference in a young player’s career. And I’m excited to see where he goes with it.”