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Omar Vizquel to Headline Captains Hot Stove Dinner

November 30, 2018 - Midwest League (MWL) - Lake County Captains News Release

Eastlake, OH - The Lake County Captains, Class-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, will host its 17thannual Hot Stove Dinner on Tuesday, February 5th from 6 pm - 9 pm at the Holiday Inn Mentor in the Lakeshore Ballroom. The Holiday Inn is located at 7701 Reynolds Road, Mentor, Ohio 44060. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, December 1 at 9:00 AM.

Former Cleveland Indians great Omar Vizquel will be the featured guest. Vizquel spent 24 seasons in the big leagues where he was a three-time All-Star and received 11 Gold Glove awards. He won nine straight in the American League (1993-2001) then two in the National League in 2005 and 2006.

Defensively, he was the oldest player ever to win a gold glove at the age of 38 in 2005. He then won another one in 2006 at the age of 39. He is the all-time leader in double plays and has the highest career fielding percentage (0.9846) by any shortstop. In 2000, he set a record for fewest errors by a shortstop in a season with only three.

Offensively, he ended his career with 2877 hits (47th overall) and had the second most hits while playing shortstop behind only Derek Jeter. He is the all-time hits leader by a player from Venezuela. He is 7th all-time in stolen bases by a shortstop.

Fans will be able purchase a special VIP Experience, limited to only 50 attendees, and take part in an exclusive pre-event reception with the guests-of-honor. The VIP package is $100 per person (children or adults) and will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Marion's restaurant inside the Holiday Inn. VIP package holders will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, two drink tickets, and non-alcoholic beverages while visiting with our Omar. Each VIP guest will also have the opportunity to get an autograph and take photos with him during the reception and enjoy prime reserved seating during the evening's program. The VIP portion of this event sells out quickly and has sold out for the previous six events.

Pre-sale regular Hot Stove Dinner tickets are $75 for adults and $65 for kids ages 4-12. Fans can reserve a table of 8 for $600. Individual tickets holders will seat themselves upon arrival. Doors will not open until 6 PM. No tickets will not be available the day of the event. The event will include an expanded, upscale buffet dinner, soft drinks, cash bar and a question and answer session after dinner. Other speakers will be announced at a later time. After the Q&A session, fans will get a chance to meet Omar and get one autograph per person, time permitting.

The Hot Stove Dinner traditionally sells out well in advance and is limited to the first 175 reservations.

A Chinese auction of Captains, Indians, Browns and other baseball memorabilia will also be held during the evening, with proceeds benefiting Captains Charities, an official 501(c)3 organization. 50/50 Raffle Tickets will also be available that night for purchase.

Tickets for this event are on sale at or by calling Tim O'Brien at 440-975-8085 x136.

The Captains open the 2019 season on April 4 at Classic Park against the Great Lakes Loons. Affordable ticket packages and group outings are available for purchase now and more information may be found at

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