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.   

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