Born Omar Enrique Vizquel González on the 24th April 1967 in Caracas, Venezuela, he is a retired professional baseball shortstop who spent 24 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) playing for the Seattle Mariners (1989-1993), Cleveland Indians (1994-2004), San Francisco Giants (2005-2008), Texas Rangers (2009), Chicago White Sox (2010-2011), and Toronto Blue Jays (2012). During his career Omar was a three time All-Star, 1998, 1999 and 2002, while he won the Gold Glove Award as a shortstop 11 times, consecutively from 1993 to 2001, and again in 2005.
Have you ever wondered how rich Omar Vizquel is, as of mid- 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Vizquel’s net worth is as high as $27 million, an amount earned through his successful career in baseball. Following his retirement as a player in 2012, he started a coaching career, and for the 2013 season he was the co-infield coach of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with Bobby Knoop, while from 2014 onwards, he has been the first-base coach of the Detroit Tigers, which also added to his wealth.
Omar Vizquel Net Worth $27 Million
Before making a name for himself in the MLB, Omar played in the Venezuelan Winter League for the Leones del Caracas. Spotted by the Mariners scouts, he was approached with a contract offer, and without thinking twice, Omar accepted the offer. He didn’t make his MLB debut for the next five years, and then played for the Mariners from 1989 until 1993, winning his first Gold Glove Award in his last season with the team.
Despite his great performance, Omar was sent to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Reggie Jefferson and Félix Fermín, and also cash. He continued in Cleveland where he left off in Seattle, winning eight consecutive Gold Glove Awards, and staying in Cleveland until 2004, becoming one of the best players in the franchise history, and as a result he was later inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame. Though the Indians played in two World Series finals during his career there, victory in the finals eluded him on both occasions, firstly losing to the Atlanta Braves in 1995, and two years later to the Florida Marlins.
His contract expired at the end of 2004 season, and he signed with the San Francisco Giants, with which he won his 11th Gold Glove Award in his first season with them. He continued with a good form, but after the 2007 season and arthroscopic knee surgery, Omar’s numbers began to decline, and after his contract expired, the Giants decided not to re-sign him.
Instead, he was on a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, but fought his way into the major league squad. However, he was often used as a backup middle infielder.
After the Rangers, he spent a year in Chicago as a White Sox player, and another season in Toronto, playing for the Blue Jays, before officially retiring.
Omar co-wrote his autobiography with Bob Dyer – “Omar!: My Life on and Off the Field” – which came out in 2002. The book was a best seller which certainly increased further his net worth, and spent four weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Regarding his personal life, Omar has been married to Blanca Garcia since 2014, who is his second wife. Previously, he was married to Nicole Tonkin with whom he also has a child.
Omar is known for his charitable activities; he helps children of his native Venezuela who live in poverty, while he also serves as honorary spokesperson for “Young Audiences”, and “Schools Now”, among many other activities.
Aside from positives, Omar has also had a feud with his former Cleveland Indians teammate, José Mesa, which started in 2002 and ended with Mesa’s retirement in 2007. Omar spoke of Mesa’s poor performance in World Series in 1997, in his autobiography blaming him for losing game 7 to the Florida Marlins.
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