43-year-old Omar Vizquel, who played in 108 games for the Chicago White Sox in 2010, stated that he would like to return to the club in 2011.
Luckily for Vizquel, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen wants him to return as well. This could be beneficial to Vizquel as he continues to add to his perilously-close-to-3,000 hit total.
Currently, he is 201 hits away from 3,000—a milestone some claim he must achieve to ensure a Hall of Fame induction down the road. He had 95 hits in 2010, his highest output since 2007.
The active leader in plate appearances and at-bats, Vizquel has been in the major leagues for 22 seasons, winning 10 Gold Glove Awards in that span. In addition, he has hit .273 with 2,799 hits and 400 stolen bases.
If he performs well in 2011—assuming he does return—one must wonder if he would return for 2012, 2013 and so forth. Perhaps he will hang on long enough to reach 3,000 hits—that is, as long as teams continue to sign him.
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