Indians legend Omar Vizquel has officially joined the rival Detroit Tigers staff as their new first-base coach, multiple media outlets are reporting today.
Fans might recall how Vizquel was a roving infield instructor for the Los Angeles Angeles during the 2013 season. That was news I broke after his talk at the Shaw JCC in Akron in late January. Gonzalez reports that when the Angels didn’t add Vizquel to their MLB staff, they felt it was only a matter of time before some other organization snatched him up.
The Indians recently added Tampa Bay Rays instructor Matt Quatraro as their assistant hitting coach. Earlier in the offseason, they restructured their coaching staff responsibilities between Brad Mills, Sandy Alomar Jr. and Mike Sarbaugh. None of the shifts were considered demotions.
It’s certainly a disappointment to Cleveland fans for their all-time favorites to be joining their main divisional rival. But an open position wasn’t available for Cleveland prior to 2013 nor prior to 2014. Detroit recently hired former catcher Brad Ausmus as their new manager. Now, they’ll have the assistance of one of the best defensive shortstops ever.