BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - From the Birmingham Barons Press Release:
The Birmingham Barons, in conjunction with the Chicago White Sox, are excited to announce that 11-time Gold Glove winner Omar Vizquel as the Barons Manager for the 2019 season. Vizquel will be assisted this season by new Hitting Coach Charlie Poe and Bench Coach Wes Helms. Returning to the Barons coaching staff this season will be Pitching Coach Richard Dotson, Strength & Conditioning Coach Tim Rodmaker, and Athletic Trainer Cory Barton.
“Over the years the Barons have had so many great managers and coaches and we believe this year’s staff will continue to help develop the top White Sox prospects and lead the Barons to another Southern League Championship.” said Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson. “Omar was a great Major League player for so many years and in speaking with him last week I know he is excited about managing the Barons and spending the season at Regions Field. We’re also excited to welcome Birmingham native Wes Helms to the staff along with former Barons player Charlie Poe as Hitting Coach. It is great to have Richard Dotson return as our Pitching Coach as well as Cory Barton as Athletic Trainer and Tim Rodmaker as Strength and Conditioning Coach.”
Vizquel, 51, is entering his second season as a manager in the Chicago White Sox organization. In his first year as a manager, he was named Carolina League Manager of the Year after leading the Winston-Salem Dash (Single-A) to an 84-54 record and a first half title. A native of Caracas, Venezuela Vizquel was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Seattle Mariners in 1984. Vizquel enjoyed a 24-year Major League career appearing in 2,968 games with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays.
He won two American League pennants with the Cleveland Indians in 1995 and 1997. Considered to be one of baseball’s best fielding shortstops of all-time, Vizquel is an 11-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner and a three-time All-Star. His .985 fielding percentage is second all-time among shortstops and ranks first in career games played at shortstop (2,709). During his career, Vizquel hit .272 and recorded 456 doubles, 77 triples, 80 home runs, 951 RBI, 404 stolen bases, and 1,038 walks.