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Angels hire Omar Vizquel as roving infield instructor

Omar Vizquel

Toronto Blue Jays’ Omar Vizquel beams as he celebrates with teammates after scoring on Kelly Johnson’s fourth-inning double during a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Dunedin, Fla., Saturday, March 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Omar Vizquel retired as a player after 24 seasons in the majors, but he’s not taking any time off from working in baseball.

Alden Gonzalez of reports that the Angels have hired Vizquel as their new roving infield instructor, which is a job that was previously held by Dick Schofield. He’ll be part of spring training and then spend the season coaching prospects at every minor league affiliate.

Vizquel has said that his goal is to be a big-league manager and his first coaching gig comes via his former Indians teammate Jerry Dipoto, who’s now the Angels’ general manager. Another former Indians teammate, Paul Sorrento, is the Angels’ roving hitting instructor and put in a good word for Vizquel to get the gig.