Speaking of Heroes, Don’t Forget Omar and Alexei

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When the White Sox acquired Omar Vizquel in the offseason, the hope was that he could be a veteran utility presence in the infield and a steadying influence on Alexei Ramirez.
As we sit here today, 3 1/2 games ahead of the Tigers and Twins, I don’t know where we would be without Omar. With Mark Teahen out of the lineup, he has provided a huge upgrade defensively and has been a key contributor to the offense as well. As of this morning he’s hitting .277, more than we could have reasonably expected.
Alexei? Whether it’s been Vizquel’s influence or not, he is on fire, both at the plate where his average is up to .284, and at short where he has been as good as anyone in the league.
There have been many heroes in the Sox revitalization. Vizquel, Ramirez and their buddy Gordon Beckham (all pictured above) are right at the top of the list.
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2 Comments

Vizquel’s defense has been excellent. His offense has been better than anyone would have guessed, although still not great. I still think the Sox could use some left-handed power and Teahen might provide some.

Also, still not thrilled about Vizquel wearing #11.
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I advise Teahen to bring a collection of gloves. He’s got value because he hits left-handed and can play three or four spots. But he cannot come back as the regular third baseman.

No way.

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