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Omar Vizquel Allowed to Wear #11

Posted on: February 8, 2010

Vizquel with the Giants

Recently-aquired White Sox shortstop Omar Vizquel is allowed to wear #11. The number was un-retired by the White Sox today because his previous number, #13, is the number of manager Ozzie Guillen. #11 had been retired for the only Venezuelan in the baseball Hall of Fame, Luis Aparicio. Like Vizquel, Aparicio was a shortstop. He played from 1956-1973 with the White Sox, Orioles, and Red Sox. He had 2,677 career hits. Vizquel, an 11-time Gold Gloveer, feels honored to wear the number of his fellow countryman. “For me, it’s like a huge celebration, trying to keep his name alive and trying to spread the word of Venezuelan shortstops,” Vizquel said Monday. Aparicio also feels glad that Vizquel is the one to wear his number for the White Sox. “If there is one player who I would like to see wear my uniform number with the White Sox, it is Omar Vizquel,” Aparicio said. This is the second time that the White Sox have unretired a number. Harold Baines’s #3 was unretired after he rejoined the team in 1996 and 2003 for his third and final tenture with the team.

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