Twice All-Star and Fan Favorite Stephen Vogt has decided to retire from Major League Baseball at the end of the 2022 season. The veteran player shares plans to call it a career after 10 years of playing in the major leagues with Janie McCauley of the Associated Press.
Originally a Rays 12th-round pick in 2007, Vogt made his MLB debut against Tampa in 2012 at the age of 27, failing to hit all 25 batting shots in his first season. Transferred to Oakland the following April, Vogt saw his winless streak stretch to 0-eat-32 before finally connecting on his first hit (a run on the field). home).
Despite a slow start, Vogt quickly became beloved by A fans with his heroes in the 2013 post-season. Justin Verlander in the ninth inning of Game 2 with no ALDS scores, Vogt stacked a single with loaded bases to defeat the Tigers and even the series per game.
Vogt’s role expanded during the 2014 season, scoring a total of 84 games as catcher, first tackler, left hitter, right catcher and designated attacker. To the tune of the slashes .279 / .321 / .431, Vogt helped push A to the wild card’s berth. To this day, the cheers “I believe in Stephen Vogt!” continues to sound at the RingCentral Coliseum in his disco appearances – a call back with original green and yellow.
Over the next few years, Vogt will develop into one of the most reliable and efficient catchers in the league. From 2014 to 2016, he overcame 41 home runs, drove in 162 runs, and achieved a wRC+ of 105, ranking seventh among catchers. Despite spending most of his early years on this dish, Vogt continues to collect first-base, left-court, and right-court plays for Oakland. His blend of offensive ability and defensive versatility earned him admission to the American League All-Star team in 2015 and 2016.
Person A assigned Vogt to the task in June 2017 after he struggled in the first half. He finished the season in Milwaukee, where he accumulated 0.789 OPS for the competitive Brewers. Just as Vogt looked as if he was back on track, a shoulder injury kept him out for the whole of 2018, threatening his career. When the Giants gave him a chance by signing him to a minor league in early 2019, Vogt was amused. He took down .263/.314/.490, hit 10 passes home in 99 games and re-established himself as a productive big-leaguer.
Vogt went on to spend the short COVID in 2020 and early 2021 with the Diamondbacks before being traded to the Atlanta Braves, for whom he earned a World Series ring. Oakland welcomes him back on a one-year contract in early 2022, where he will end his playing career. Overall, Vogt will have accumulated over 700 games played, over 500 hits, and earned nearly $14 million by the time his season ends. Vogt himself summed up his roller coaster career, telling McCauley:
“I was not always the best player. I’m one of the best players in the league, I’m one of the worst players in the league. I’ve been injured and everywhere in between, I’ve been DFA twice, I’ve been traded, I haven’t been bid, you name it. I’m the one who knows he’s going to get a job next year in place of the guy who has to fight for his job next year, and just always go out and make money. “
While his retirement will end his playing career, it doesn’t look like Vogt will be able to stay away from the game for long. Renowned for his club presence and reputation as a beloved teammate, Vogt has attracted much praise from A’s former manager (now Padres). Bob Melvinwho told McCauley he is optimistic about Vogt’s managerial potential: “His significance to a club is immeasurable… [Vogt] There is certainly a future in management. “
Vogt me say in 2020 that he “always wanted to manage,” so it’s no surprise to see him mentioned in searches for potential coaching and management.