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White Sox' Vizquel not ready to retire

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Future Hall of Famer Omar Vizquel knows he's probably nearing the end of the line in Chicago.

He hopes it's not the end in baseball, even though he's 44.

"I would love to have an opportunity to play another year,'' Vizquel, a three-time All-Star and 11-time Gold Glove shortstop, said Thursday. "I'm not expecting to play every day but I think I have the ability to play.''

That belief for Vizquel is reinforced when he looks around, not only at teammates but players on other teams, and doesn't see much life in their bodies.

"I feel 35,'' Vizquel said. "I look at players on this team who are around that age or less. You look at them playing ... the body language is not what you like to see. I don't think I have that kind of body language and I don't like to show it even if I'm tired. I feel great. I still have the passion, still have the legs.''

Vizquel is surprised and disappointed as anyone about the White Sox' poor start and overall performance.

"Who's to blame? You have to blame yourself as a player. You have to do something more. A couple guys are having great years, but we don't look good on the field, At all. Maybe for a series or two, but we never sustained anything.''

Had the Sox won this season, Vizquel's chances of playing as a 45-year-old for the Sox next season would have been better.

"When you don't win you have to make changes.,'' Vizquel said. "That's one of the reasons I doubt I will be here next year.''

Manager Ozzie Guillen, always a big fan of Vizquel's, said Vizquel can still contribute.

"Keeps himself in shape, takes care of himself,'' Guillen said. "Can he play for us next year? That's not up to me. He can play, yes, and he will help people through the season doing a lot of little things.''

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