Former major-league star, possible future Baseball Hall-of-Famer and definite ex-Midwest League player Omar Vizquel will manage in the Chicago White Sox organization next year.
Vizquel batted .213 with 4 HR, 28 RBI and 19 SB in 105 games with the 1986 Wausau Timbers. He has the distinction of being the last Wausau player to appear in a major-league game. (The Wausau franchise moved after the 1990 season and became the Kane County Cougars in 1991.)
Vizquel retired from playing after the 2012 season. He was an active major-leaguer for 24 years and won 11 Gold Glove awards during that time. He played in more than 3,000 MLB games (2,968 regular-season and 57 postseason contests).
He is in his first year of eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Voting results of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America election will be announced on Jan. 24, 2018.
In the meantime, Vizquel is preparing for his first season as a manager. He was announced Monday as the new skipper of the Winston-Salem Dash, the High-A affiliate of the White Sox. The 50-year-old Venezuela native managed his country’s team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, leading them to the second round of the tournament. He also had a brief stint as a Midwest League manager, serving as a fill-in skipper for the Burlington Bees for a four-game series at Community Field in 2013. (The Clinton LumberKings beat the Bees in three of those four games.)