Omar Vizquel Hints at Retiring from Toronto Blue Jays

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIMay 2, 2012

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 18: Omar Vizquel #17 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits during MLB action against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Rogers Centre April 18 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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Toronto Blue Jays infielder Omar Vizquel basically did everything but officially announce his retirement on Wednesday in an interview with Jon Paul Morosi of

"I think this is going to be it for me," Vizquel said. "This is going to be my last year."

The 45-year-old did give a little clearer explanation of his stance shortly after, claiming that he's only "51 percent" sure.

Vizquel is likely a Hall of Famer. His 12 Gold Gloves speak for themselves, as does his impressive run of nine straight.

He cites a lack of playing time over the past several seasons for his thoughts of retirement:

“They think because I’m old that I probably can’t do the things I used to do,” he said. “It’s hard to go through that process and feel as good as you feel. I feel pretty good, but they probably say, ‘I don’t think he’s going to be able to do this and that.’

“I feel I can go out there and do the job. I don’t know. It’s hard to put an age to how I feel. I obviously don’t feel 45. I’ve seen some 45-year-olds. They’re in pretty bad shape.”

Vizquel played in just 58 games for the White Sox last season and has appeared in just five this season.

Even though he intends on retiring from playing, he does not intend on retiring from the game altogether. He still wants to manage, and it almost seems inevitable that he will find a job once he's ready.

In 24 major league seasons, Vizquel owns a career line of .272/.337/.353 with 2,842 hits and 2,913 games played.