The guy isn’t even eligible yet, but people are already digging in on the next Hall of Fame war:
Future Hall of Fame SS Omar Vizquel, Wally Joyner, Mick Billmeyer join #Tigers staff
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 18, 2013
No reason to mention that in the context of his hiring as the Tigers first base coach, of course. Just some early scouting before the troops actually get to the battlefield. The pro-Vizquel crowd doesn’t want to be caught snoozing like they were with Jack Morris. Gotta come out of the gates strong to head off the Internet hordes.
My guess is that Vizquel, by virtue of his longevity and defensive excellence — and because he was nice and there’s a lot of “he’s our generation’s Luis Aparicio” stuff — will get into the Hall of Fame eventually. It won’t be the best induction ever. But in keeping with what I said about Jack Morris last week, it’s probably a battle best not fought too furiously.