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Omar Vizquel ties Luis Aparicio?s hits records

This Wednesday shortstop Omar Vizquel joined Luis Aparicio in the Hall of Fame as the Venezuelan with most hits in Major League Baseball.

At 2,667 hits for the 11-time Golden Glove winner, Vizquel has tied the record set by Luis Aparicio between 1956 and 1973.

In a statement made for Meridiano Television, Vizquel said that he is very happy. "This is going to be historic because no many people have had the opportunity to come close to so many hits."

Likewise, Vizquel said that he is very satisfied with what he has accomplished in his career. "This has been the most important of all because I believe that I had never been recognized as an offensive player, it was always mentioned as defense, as the Golden Glove, but I think that this is going to help me a lot in the future."

Vizquel, who has 21 seasons in the majors, batted 3-1, scoring one of those in the historic game where the Texas Rangers defeated the Houston Astros 5 to 4.

Vizquel is also the shortstop with highest number of outs in that position, in the history of the majors, with 2,668 games played.
 
Radio Nacional de Venezuela, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela / June 19, 2009

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