Posted by Andy on January 19, 2011
Omar Vizquel is coming back next year with the White Sox and there's little reason to think that he'll have an OPS+ of 100 or better given that he hasn't done it since 2002.
Meanwhile, he already holds the post-1901 record for most seasons with an OPS+ under 100 (minimum 50 games in each season):
|1||Omar Vizquel||19||1989||2010||22-43||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Luis Aparicio||17||1956||1973||22-39||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Rabbit Maranville||17||1913||1933||21-41||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Royce Clayton||16||1992||2007||22-37||Ind. Seasons|
|5||Larry Bowa||16||1970||1985||24-39||Ind. Seasons|
|6||Bill Mazeroski||16||1956||1971||19-34||Ind. Seasons|
|7||Al Lopez||16||1930||1947||21-38||Ind. Seasons|
|8||Rollie Hemsley||16||1928||1944||21-37||Ind. Seasons|
|9||Ozzie Guillen||15||1985||2000||21-36||Ind. Seasons|
|10||Frank White||15||1973||1990||22-39||Ind. Seasons|
|11||Chris Speier||15||1971||1988||21-38||Ind. Seasons|
|12||Bill Russell||15||1969||1984||20-35||Ind. Seasons|
|13||Mark Belanger||15||1967||1982||23-38||Ind. Seasons|
|14||Roy McMillan||15||1951||1966||21-36||Ind. Seasons|
|15||Luke Sewell||15||1924||1938||23-37||Ind. Seasons|
If you're like me, the first thing you thought looking at that list is--hey two of the weakest Hall of Fame selections are up at the top with Vizquel. It makes sense. All three of these guys (Vizquel, Aparicio, and Maranville, not to mentioned Lopez and Mazeroski) stuck in the majors for reasons other than their bats, and therefore they don't compare all that well on paper with many Hall of Fame players.
It makes me wonder again about Vizquel's HOF chances. I ran a poll about this a while back. With more than a thousand votes, only 52% of readers thought he deserved to be in and 51% thought he would actually get in. These are pretty low figures compared to many of our polls, and frankly if our readers don't see the merits of his selection to a greater degree, then I am quite doubtful that the BBWAA will see it any differently.
Thanks to Joseph T for pointing out Vizquel's record.