No love lost between Omar Vizquel and John Farrell

Former Blue Jays manager John Farrell (left) and Omar Vizquel did not see eye-to-eye during the...

Former Blue Jays manager John Farrell (left) and Omar Vizquel did not see eye-to-eye during the 2012 season. (Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP/Files)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:11 AM ET

TORONTO - The Omar Vizquel-John Farrell relationship went sideways in June of 2012.

Both men were wearing Blue Jays uniforms.

Both had their own good intentions, but each was operating on parallel paths.

Vizquel is from Venezuela and the man everyone his country’s baseball community looks up to and not simply because he’s headed to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

He’s admired for what he did in June that season. The Jays back-up infielder chose to fly in the family of starter Henderson Alvarez from Valencia, Venezuela, to Miami. The family could not afford the flight and Alvarez was earning basically the major-league minimum of $482,900 US.

The Alvarez family made the seven-hour flight north to see the right-hander pitch against the Marlins. Alvarez was scheduled to start the final game of the series on Sunday June 24.

Farrell had other ideas.


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