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November 23, 2009

Ozzie...Omar. Omar...Ozzie.

The baseball free-agent signing period has kicked off, gang!

After days of speculation, the "will he" or "won't he" talk of whether or not Omar Vizquel would join the Chicago White Sox has come to a close.

Wait...Omar Vizquel?!?


On Monday, Vizquel inked a 1.375 million dollar deal with the Southsiders and along with it...joined his longtime friend (and fellow Venezuelan), Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen. The 42 year-old shortstop will will be expected to serve as a mentor to White Sox budding stars Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham.

Last year in Texas, Vizquel hit .266 with one homer and 14 RBIs in 62 games. In 207 chances, he committed no errors.

Here at The Hall, discussion about the Cooperstown-bound shortstop has been as bountiful as the mustaches that overtook the Brewers clubhouse in 1982! This season alone, there has been talk about Vizquel's
Hall of Fame credentials, as well as hit by hit coverage of his assault on Luis Aparicio's all-time hit mark.

Shortly after Vizquel topped Aparicio and became the all-time hit leader among Venezuelan boen players...I asked Rangers reliever CJ Wilson if his former teammate was the best shortstop ever.

"I think with the 'best shortstop ever' discussion, it all comes down to Ozzie Smith versus Omar," Wilson said of the 11-time Gold Glove award winner.

BallHype: hype it up!

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