A night after former Rangers’ catcher Pudge Rodriguez tied Carlton “Pudge” Fisk on the list of most games caught in history with 2,226, a current Ranger will get his own shot at history.
Omar Vizquel, who is likely to get the start at shortstop tonight in place of Elvis Andrus against the Astros, is one hit away from tying Luis Aparicio’s mark of 2,677, the most ever for a Venezuelan-born player.
Vizquel, who was acquired by Texas as a free agent this off-season, already broke Aparicio’s mark for most games played at shortstop in major league history as a member of the Giants in May of 2008.
Luis Aparicio spent time with the White Sox, Orioles and Red Sox over his Hall of Fame career, winning ten all-star selections and nine Gold Gloves.
Aparicio also won the 1956 American League Rookie of the Year Award as a member of the White Sox.
Vizquel is an eleven-time Gold Glover and a three-time all-star.
He has the highest career fielding percentage for a shortstop at .985, and he is the oldest recipient of the Gold Glove Award twice over, as he won as a 38 year-old in 2005 and then again, at 39, in 2006.
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