Omar Vizquel to manage White Sox’ Class A team

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Omar Vizquel (11) is congratulated by White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen after the Sox defeated the Washington Nationals on June 20, 2010, in Washington. (AP)

The White Sox have added Omar Vizquel to their minor league coaching staff as manager of the Class A Winston-Salem Dash. Vizquel replaces Willie Harris, who is taking a minor league job with another organization.

Vizquel, who played two of his last 24 major league seasons for the Sox in 2010 and 2011, was the Detroit Tigers first base coach the last four seasons, as well as the club’s infield and baserunning instructor. He interviewed for the Tigers manager’s job, which was given to Ron Gardenhire in October.

An 11-time Gold Glove shortstop with 2,877 career hits with six teams, Vizquel, 50, has no professional managerial experience. He managed the Venezuelan national team during the World Baseball Classic this past spring.

Harris scored the only run in the White Sox’ Game 4 clincher against the Houston Astros in the 2005 World Series. He managed one season after making his coaching debut as hitting coach at Advanced Rookie Great Falls in 2016.

“It was a tough, tough decision because that organization is like family to me, from top to bottom,” Harris said. “Jerry Reinsdorf, Kenny Williams, Rick Hahn, all of those guys. They treated me well but I had an opportunity to chase my dreams and goals. I’m respectful and grateful for everything that organization did for me.

“I’m going to miss a lot of those great kids we have [at Winston-Salem]. Omar will do a fantastic job.”

The Sox have not yet announced their development staff for 2018.


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