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Omar Vizquel passes Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list

Toronto Blue Jays Vizquel makes a diving catch against the Seattle Mariners during their MLB game in Toronto

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Omar Vizquel makes a diving catch on a ground ball hit by Seattle Mariners batter John Jaso during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto September 13, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)


UPDATE: Now Vizquel has doubled, passing the Bambino.

2:30 PM: Omar Vizquel singled to right in the top of the fourth of today’s Blue Jays-Yankees game. That’s, like, 90 small steps to first for Vizquel, but one giant leap for his all-time hitting numbers: with it he tied Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list at 2,873.

Next up: Mel Ott at 2,876. Then, if he gets hot and plays a lot before the season’s over -- neither of which are givens -- he could get to Frankie Frisch at 2,880.

Then after that: retirement, five years of silence and then the most contentious, data-free Hall of Fame campaign since Jim Rice was inducted.

In the meantime: congratulations Omar!