Omar Vizquel's playing skills may have significantly diminished as he's reached his mid-40's, but his knowledge of the game is something Toronto clearly wants to keep around. The Blue Jays did just that, optioning Vizquel's competition to Triple-A on Wednesday.
Following a miraculous 2010, Vizquel looked like a 44-year-old with the White Sox in 2011, posting just a .287 on-base percentage. But his defense took a more significant hit, as his range and arm strength just weren't good enough to warrant the kind of playing time he received.
While there may not be any direct causation, that Vizquel was on the White Sox roster during Alexei Ramirez's development from a decent shortstop to deserving Gold Glove winner shouldn't be overlooked. The year before that, Vizquel backed up Elvis Andrus -- who has similarly developed into a Gold Glove-caliber shortstop.
It'll be interesting to see how long Vizquel sticks with Toronto -- if the Blue Jays have any deserving prospect who should be pushing for a roster spot, Vizquel would probably be the first man to go. Still, it's nice to see him stick around, especially now that we can take a step back and appreciate him without scrutinizing his performance.
It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.
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Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.