After signing a one-year, $1.7 -million contract to return to the Chicago White Sox for 2011, future Hall of Famer Omar Vizquel is looking forward to another career in baseball when his playing days are over
“There’s a really good chance I’m going to get [to manage],” Vizquel said via teleconference call. “I’m really preparing myself for departing from my playing career and then starting a new on as a coach or a manager.”
Vizquel, an 11-time Gold Glove winner, signed a one-year deal with the White Sox in 2010. The 43-year-old infielder started 90 games for the Sox, including 62 at third base. The White Sox took off on a 25-5 spurt before the All-Star break, getting back into the Central Division race. Vizquel was one of the main catalyst for that surge after taking over at third for the injured Mark Teahen.
Although Vizquel is looking forward to what could be his final year as a player, he likes his chances as a future big league manager.
“I think I have the tools and I have the knowledge,” Vizquel said. “I think the experience from my playing days will show a good enthusiasm and a positive way to manage.”
The Caracas, Venezuela, native said he’s picked up a few things from every manager he’s played for -- including the enigmatic Ozzie Guillen.
“Ozzie’s a different guy,” Vizquel said. “No doubt you don’t know what to expect from him sometimes. But he just finds a way to get you going and press your buttons. That’s the way a manager has to be sometimes. You get to learn about these [managers] I had during my career and put it all together.”
Vizquel was asked what additions the Sox need to make to be more competitive in 2011.
“Maybe just another bat in the lineup,” Vizquel said. “Things would have a little different [in 2010]. I think it was a very exciting last month of the season. But things didn’t work out for us.”
Vizquel said that his role will be the same as it was in 2011 for the White Sox as it was in 2010.