Ted Bird is a Montreal-based broadcaster who has won multiple Crystal, RTNDA and CAB awards for excellence in writing and broadcasting. They're in a closet or a trunk somewhere, but he really won them.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Banjo-hitting Vizquel passes Sultan of Twat
I'm guessing I wasn't the only one who snickered yesterday when Omar Vizquel passed Babe Ruth on major league baseball's all-time hits list. I mean, really - Omar Vizquel and Babe Ruth in the same sentence?
Well, upon reflection and with a little statistical research, why not? Vizquel is fifth in career hits for a shortstop, behind Honus Wagner, Cal Ripken Jr., Robin Yount and Derek Jeter - baseball legends one and all. He's the all-time leader in games played at shortstop and double plays for a shortstop, has 11 career Gold Glove Awards - only two fewer than Ozzie Smith - and a .272 career batting average, 10 points higher than Smith, who was a first ballot Hall of Famer. And with due respect to the Babe, who's the better role model - the 45 year old committed professional who can still hit major league pitching and play any infield or outfield position in middle age, or the syphilis-ridden alcoholic who drank and philandered his way into an early grave?
All things considered, it's actually a credit to Ruth that it look Vizquel this long to catch him.