TEMPE, Ariz. -- Omar Vizquel felt a little lost, a little out of place, as he walked into the Tempe Diablo Stadium clubhouse Saturday morning, his second day on the job as the Angels’ new roving minor league infield instructor.
“I’m trying to get used to it,” said Vizquel, an 11-time Gold Glove Award winner who amassed 2,877 hits in 24 big-league seasons, his last as a 45-year-old utility infielder for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012. “I don’t know how to act like a coach. It’s a little weird.”
Vizquel, one of the top defensive shortstops in baseball history and a potential Hall of Famer, is embracing the discomfort because he believes it is the first step toward his ultimate goal of being a major league manager.
“This is what I know the most,” said Vizquel, a Cleveland Indians teammate of Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto in 1994. “I really enjoy wearing the uniform, communicating with the guys, how you can control 25 different personalities.