Tigers coach Vizquel remembers days with Blue Jays

Omar Vizquel waves to the Rogers Centre crowd on Oct. 3, 2012, his last game as a pro....

Omar Vizquel waves to the Rogers Centre crowd on Oct. 3, 2012, his last game as a pro. (Reuters/Files)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

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Omar Vizquel’s numbers in 2012, his 24th and final season in the majors, looked like this:

In 60 games with the Blue Jays — 37 starts, 18 at second base, 10 at third and nine at shortstop — he had 36 hits, seven RBIs and a .235 average under first-year manager John Farrell.

“I thought I was going to play a little more,” said Vizquel, now a coach with the Detroit Tigers.

Looking back he admits the Jays 74-win season was a roller-coaster ride.

“Some days I was sad ... that it was my last year playing,” Vizquel said. “Other days I was happy that it was my last year and some days I thought I was going to get released. It was a respect thing that the Jays had for myself and for my career ... I think that’s why they didn’t release me.”

Vizquel said he played pain free in 2012, but was unsure Farrell knew what to do with him.

“Does he put me in when we are losing or winning 10-0? Does he only play me to rest other guys,” asked Vizquel.


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