All-Star Twice and Fan Favorite Stephen Vogt He decided to retire from Major League Baseball at the end of the 2022 season. The veteran catch shared his plans to call it a career after ten years in the Major Leagues with Janie McCauley of The Associated Press.
Originally a 12th-round pick by the Rays in 2007, Vogt made his MLB debut with Tampa in 2012 at age 27, not hurting all 25 of his bats during his first season. Traded in Oakland the following April, Vogt saw his unbeaten streak extend to 0 for 32 before finally calling his first hit (home run).
Despite his slow start, Vogt quickly enthralled A fans with his championships in the 2013 post-season. Confrontation Justin Verlander In the ninth inning of Game 2 without goals from ALDS, Vogt lined up a song with the loaded rules out of the Tigers and up the chain in one game each.
Vogt’s role expanded during the 2014 season, scoring a total of 84 games as catcher, first baseman, left player, right player and designated hitter. On a .279/ .321/ .431 slash tone, Vogt helped propel the A’s into the wild cards berth. To this day, cheers “I believe in Stephen Vogt!” It continues to ring in the RingCentral Coliseum during its appearance in the board – callback to its original green and gold mission.
The next few years will see Vogt evolve into one of the most reliable and productive players in the league. From 2014 to 2016, he hit 41 home races, drove in 162 runs, and posted WRC+105, which is good for seventh place among the catchers. Although he spent most of his early years behind the plate, Vogt continued to collect roles at first base, left field and right field for Oakland. His combination of offensive production with defensive versatility earned him a nod to the MLS All-Star Team in 2015 and 2016.
Vogt was set for the job in June 2017 after struggling during the first half. He finished the season in Milwaukee, collecting .789 OPS for the rival Brewers team. Just when Vogt looked like he was back on track, a shoulder injury kept him going throughout 2018, threatening his career. When the Giants gave him a chance by signing him to a minor league deal at the start of 2019, Vogt enjoyed it. He cut .263/.314/.490, made 10 home runs in 99 games, and re-established himself as a productive top player.
Vogt went on to spend the abbreviated 2020 COVID and the start of 2021 with the Diamondbacks, before being traded to the Atlanta Braves, with whom he earned a World Series ring. Oakland welcomed him again with a one-year contract at the start of 2022, where he will end his football career. In all, Vogt will have amassed over 700 games played, over 500 hits, and nearly $14 million earned by the time its season ends. Vogt himself summed up his rollercoaster ride, telling McCauley:
“I wasn’t always the best player. I was one of the best players in the league, I was one of the worst players in the league. I got injured and everywhere in between, I’ve been to the DFA twice, I’ve been traded, I didn’t bid, you name it. I was the guy. Who knew he was going to get a job next year for the guy who had to fight for his job next year, and always go out and earn it.”
Despite retiring at the end of his football career, it looks like Vogt won’t be able to stay out of the game for long. Known for his presence at the club and his reputation as a well-liked teammate, Fogg earned high praise from the former first manager (now Padres) Bob Melvinwho told McCauley he was optimistic about Vogt’s managerial potential: “What it means for a club is immeasurable… [Vogt] He definitely has a future in management.”
Vogt himself said in 2020 that he “always wanted to take over management,” so it should come as no surprise to see him mentioned in potential coaching and management searches.
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