Hey Red Sox… sign Omar Vizquel

I am dead serious. Bring him on board. How much would he cost the Sox? $1 million? $2 million for one year?
The Red Sox have wisely stayed away from this year’s free agent class with the exception of Nick Punto who isn’t exactly a superstar. He’s there to give the Red Sox some infield depth.
But why not bring in Omar Vizquel as well?
One of the last remaining players from the 1980s is still floating out there. Why not tack on a 24th year to his career?
And what would his main purpose on the team be?
To start some games at short and help break in Jose Iglesias. What better mentor could the Red Sox shortstop of the future have than possibly the best defensive shortstop of all time?
And one who literally can say “I’ve been in the major leagues longer than you’ve been alive!”
Vizquel played 143 games in 1989.
Iglesias was born in January 1990.

Having Vizquel as depth and an unofficial coach could only help the Red Sox as they build towards 2013. $2 million to help develop the shortstop of the future is a bargain.

Compare that to the $44 million spent on Edgar Renteria and Julio Lugo.

And with 2,841 hits, the Red Sox can watch him creep slowly to 3,000.

Combine that with Tim Wakefield needing 6 wins to tie and 7 to pass Roger Clemens and Cy Young for most ever wins by a Red Sox pitcher, you could have two of the slowest and most painful build ups to a baseball milestone ever happening at the same time!

And seeing that I don’t think the Red Sox are winning squat in 2012, why not have THAT reason to go to the park?

Come on Sox! It’s not like he’s going to cost the Red Sox a draft pick or a long term deal. Bring him on board!

Besides, if he makes it to the Hall of Fame (which I think he will) then there will be another plaque with “Boston (A.L.)” on it. And that’s not bad.

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Sully Baseball endorses Alan Trammell for the Hall of Fame

Barry Larkin is almost certain to be elected to the Hall of Fame in about a week. He was the best National League shortstop for a decade. He was a Cincinnati native who spent his whole career with the Reds (not really a Hall of Fame factor but makes for an uncluttered plaque.)
A former MVP, winner of 9 Silver Sluggers, 3 Gold Gloves, he had a lifetime .815 OPS with power, speed and help lead the Reds to the 1990 World Series title.
And yet Alan Trammell has virtually the same resume and is considered a long shot at best.
Each played roughly the same amount of games.
Larkin – 2,180
Trammell – 2,293
Each hit close to the same amount of homers (with Larkin playing in a more home run friendly stretch.)
Larkin – 198
Trammell – 185
Their OPS+ were right around the same level
Larkin – 116
Trammell – 110
Both won multiple Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers.
Trammell would have matched Larkin’s MVP if the voters went with him instead of George Bell like many thought they should have in 1987.
Both had a solid 6 or 7 year peak in the center of their career.
And Trammell, along with Cal Ripken, transformed the shortstop position from an All Field No Hit position to a power one, paving the way for Barry Larkin and the great shortstops of the 1990s and 2000s.
I still don’t understand WAR, but only 68 non pitchers have a higher WAR all time than Trammell. Right behind him are Hall of Famers Eddie Murray and Pee Wee Reese.
If I ever get around to figuring out WAR, that will impress the Hell out of me.
But his World Series MVP in 1984 and his cameo on Magnum P.I. impressed me enough to give him a second, third and fourth look.
Larkin deserves a spot in the Hall. As does Tim Raines. I’ve always been a big fan of Trammell’s Tiger teammate Jack Morris but I am resigned to the fact that he won’t get in.
But I hope Trammell gets some votes and some momentum. The next bunch of years will be some of the least fun ballots in Hall of Fame history.
Bonds and Clemens will be on soon and mixing it up with Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire et al to make for some awful “Should steroid users be in the Hall?” debates.
Maybe someone like Trammell can benefit from that. A guy to vote for while that ugliness is going on.
And if so, take a look at his career.
It is no charity case.
It’s a compelling one.

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