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Indians Legend Omar Vizquel Will Retire After 2012 Season

A 24-year veteran of Major League Baseball, former Cleveland Indians All-Star infielder Omar Vizquel spoke with NESN.com on Tuesday and declared that the 2012 campaign will be his last as a professional baseball player.

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"This will be my last year," the 45-year-old Vizquel said in Spanish. "I’ve enjoyed this game a lot, but I think it’s time to pursue a new career as a coach or manager, and hopefully I’ll get that opportunity in the future."

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An integral piece during Cleveland's World Series trips during both the 1995 and 1997 campaigns, Vizquel will forever be remembered by Indians fans as one of the most impressive defensive players in baseball history, and a man who made unthinkable plays seem routine with his glove. The 11-time Gold Glove winner played for the Indians from 1994-2004, and it should only be a matter of time before he is rightfully inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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