CLEVELAND -- Former Cleveland Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel will be inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame Saturday evening before the 7:15 p.m. game against the Detroit Tigers.
Ironically, it was Vizquel who got the game winning grand slam back in 1999 against the team he now works as part of the coaching staff.
Vizquel will become the 40th player to join the Indians Hall of Fame. The club is a rare one to enter. More than 1700 players have been a part of the franchise since 1901.
Indians officials are asking ticket holders to be in their seats by 6:30 to witness the pageantry.
The ceremony will begin with Vizquel standing in Heritage Park. Fans will view him on the video board. Then the former American League All-Star will walk out to centerfield. Indians spokesman Joel Hammond says a yellow Porsche will also be on hand to harken back to the World Series era of the 1990's when Vizquel used to ride around the stadium waving to fans.
The 11 time Gold Glove winner is the current all-time Major League Baseball leader at shortstop in fielding percentage. Vizquel is also the oldest shortstop to win the award at ages 38 and again at 39.
The induction will be preceded by a sold out 11:30 Hall of Fame Benefit luncheon at Progressive Field. Former teammates Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga, Sandy Alomar and Charlie Nagy will join Vizquel in a round table discussion as part of Indians Hall of Fame weekend.
The Indians will also posthumously induct radio broadcaster Jimmy Dudley into the Indians Distinguished Hall of Fame for non-uniformed personnel.