If Omar Vizquel wanted to retire amid maximum public adulation, he erred by spending the 2012 season with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Vizquel, 45, is receiving far less acclaim than the other legend who has said this will be his final season: Chipper Jones, an All-Star and (still) productive everyday third baseman with the Atlanta Braves. Jones, 40, is an icon in Atlanta, the only city he's called home over 19 major-league seasons. Vizquel plays sparingly in Toronto, which hasn't been at the centre of the baseball universe since 1993 -- Vizquel's last season as a Seattle Mariner.
Fortunately for Vizquel, he isn't motivated by adoration. He simply wants to continue his association with the sport. For now, that means filling in for Kelly Johnson, Yunel Escobar and Brett Lawrie on the Toronto infield. But soon, perhaps as early as next year, Vizquel intends to become a major-league manager.
In that respect, Vizquel couldn't have chosen a better time to trade his lithesome glove for a bal...