Friday, June 29, 2012

It's Friday, Time to Dance

With the inductees for the 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame announced earlier this week and the induction ceremony for Barry Larkin and Ron Santo coming in a few weeks, it's as good a time as any to show a guy who brings about a heated debate on his Hall of Fame credentials. That guy is Omar Vizquel, who busted a move during a two-hour rain delay.

The 45-year-old Vizquel is somehow still in the major leagues, mostly riding the pine in Toronto. There are a whole hell of a lot people who proclaim that if Vizquel gets in, it's only because he is your prototypical stats compiler, a guy who played forever to rack up hits and make his résumé make him out to be a better player than he was.

To those people, I say, sure, you have a point … offensively. But god damn, Omar Vizquel was/is the best defensive shortstop this side of Ozzie Smith, a guy no one complained about making the Hall despite his less-than-Hall-worthy offensive numbers because he was incredible in the field and a truly great player. Well, that description fits Vizquel perfectly. So yeah, Omar Vizquel is a Hall of Famer because he's one of the greatest defensive shortstops of all time.

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