Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dominican Baseball Card #23: Jose Vizcaino

A Topps 1993 (#237) Jose Vizcaino card is the latest Dominican Baseball Card.  It is a pretty standard and boring card, coming just after the late 1980's wild cards and just before the more polished later 1990's-2000's cards.  Buy the card on Amazon if you want it.
Jose was a journeyman big leaguer.  The Dominican Baseball Guy is always impressed with players that are able to stick around for ten plus years, with only mediocre statistics.  An 18 year Major League Baseball career is impressive, no matter how many games Jose played or what statistics he put up.

Jose hit a walk off hit in game one of the 2000 World Series for the Yankees.  The Yankees went on to win the series.  He also played in the 2005 World Series with the Houston Astros and had a game tying home run in the top of the ninth of game 2.  The Astros would go on to lose the game and the series.

Other than these highlights, Jose never made an all-star team or had any Gold Gloves, but it is an impressive career nonetheless.  He played in 1800 games for eight teams, and had a career average of .270.

Jose is currently an assistant with the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball operations department.  He is from San Cristobal, Dominican Republic.

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