Officially announcing what had been reported last month, the White Sox welcomed Omar Vizquel back to the organization Monday as the new manager at Class A Winston-Salem.
Vizquel spent two seasons of his 24-season major league career on the South Side, where he appeared in 166 games during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns.
Considered one of baseball's all-time great defenders - he won 11 Gold Gloves at shortstop - Vizquel spent the past five seasons as a major league coach. He was an infield coach with the Los Angeles Angels in 2013, and he was a common sight for White Sox fans during his four-year stint as the Detroit Tigers' first-base coach. He also managed the Venezuelan team in this year's World Baseball Classic.
Vizquel - one of seven former White Sox players on this year's Hall of Fame ballot - also interviewed this offseason for the Tigers' open managerial position that eventually went to former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
"We are excited for Omar to rejoin the White Sox organization as our Winston-Salem manager," Chris Getz, the White Sox director of player development, said in the announcement. "He has a wealth of experience and knowledge gained through an impressively lengthy baseball career. Omar is passionate about teaching the game, and we look forward to having him help with the development of the next generation of White Sox players."
Vizquel's role at Winston-Salem will be important as the White Sox stockpile of highly touted prospects continue to filter their way through the system.