Omar Vizquel's last multiyear contract expired in 2007. Ever since, baseball observers have speculated about when the Venezuelan marvel will retire as a player.
It appears we have the answer.
"I think this is going to be it for me," Vizquel told FOXSports.com Wednesday morning. "This is going to be my last year."
Vizquel left himself some wiggle room, saying later in a 17-minute interview that he is only "51 percent" sure that he's going to retire after the 2012 season. A nonpareil defensive shortstop who won 11 Gold Glove awards - including nine in a row - Vizquel is viewed by many as a likely Hall of Famer.
Vizquel, 45, said the biggest reason he's ready to retire is the reduced playing time he's had over the past two seasons. He appeared in 58 games with the Chicago White Sox in 2011 and only five this year with the Toronto Blue Jays.
"They think because I'm old that I probably can't do the things I used to do," he said. "It's hard to go through that process and feel as good...