Stephen Vogt, the catcher for the Oakland Athletics, is retiring at the age of 27 after 10 seasons in the major leagues. Furthermore, it took him about 15 months to get his first hit. Vogt’s first 32 at-bats as a professional baseball player were hitless. This skid began in Tampa Bay and concluded in the East Bay of San Francisco.
“I didn’t get my first hit until almost a year and a half after my first at-bat,” he said “Vogt, who spoke with AP about his goals for the future, added. I just couldn’t believe it when it actually did. By the time I got to bat for the 33rd time, I had already had 32 opportunities without success.
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Finally, on June 28, 2013, he broke his hitless skid with a line-drive home run off Cardinals reliever Joe Kelly, the longest by a non-pitcher since Chris Carter’s 0-for-33 start with the A’s in 2010.
Fans who identified with Vogt’s journey and tribulations helped him become a two-time All-Star despite everything he had to overcome. The A’s have re-signed the 37-year-old journeyman who previously played for the Rays, Athletics, Brewers, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Braves.
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Former A’s manager and current Padres skipper Bob Melvin said of Vogter, “He is one of the most motivating players I’ve ever managed.” A two-time All-Star and fan favorite in Oakland, his value to the team is incalculable. My very favorite. has a bright future ahead of him as a manager.
Vogt didn’t show much excitement as he ran the bases after his first hit of the day, except for a high five to third base coach Mike Gallego as he came home. Randy Vogt was Vogt’s father, and he instilled in him a sense of modesty and the importance of timing.
Only three times does Vogt remember openly celebrating a home run with a pump of the fist or a raised arm, and he discourages his own children from doing the same.
As a young baseball fan, I once asked my father, “Dad, why does Barry Bonds stand at home plate and watch?” Specifically, “it was his famous spin the circle one when I was a youngster,” Vogt said. After hitting 500 home runs in the major leagues, he told Stephen, “Stephen, you can do whatever you want. Until then, you put down the bat and round the bases.
In October 2013, a few months after his first hit, Vogt deviated from this pattern. He got the winning hit in his first career playoff game, a 1-0 victory over the Tigers on a single off Justin Verlander that sent the best-of-five AL Division Series back to Detroit tied at 1.
The third strikeout of the game came after Vogt had already struck out twice against Verlander during a 10-pitch at-bat. When Vogt came up to bat again, he knocked a bases-loaded single to left center, which proved to be the game-winning hit.
Vogt stated, “What it has been about for me is enduring through adversity and persevering through being the man that everyone always thought, ‘Yeah, he might be terrific,'” regardless of the circumstances. That one person thinks, ‘Hey, if he can do it, I can do it,’ is all that matters.”
He was moved from the Rays to the A’s on April 5 of that year (2013), bringing him back to his home state of California and just a few hours from his hometown of Visalia. Then, in June of 2017, Oakland designated the fan favorite for assignment.
Vogt’s career was in jeopardy after he suffered a serious shoulder injury in May of 2018 while rehabbing with Milwaukee, but he underwent surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation process to sign with the Giants in 2019.
He started the year with the Diamondbacks, but was dealt to the Braves and ended up with a World Series ring despite being injured throughout Atlanta’s title run. Vogt enjoyed contributing in whatever way he could.
“A coach once told me, and I’ve taken this to heart, ‘Every day you walk the field there’s a little boy or girl who is at their very first baseball game and you need to show them the correct way to play.’ “In his words. “I play hard and train hard because I want to have a good time every night. That’s how baseball ought to be played.
also, to be a solid member of the team. In 2017, Vogt reached out to young catcher Sean Murphy at the beginning of spring training and helped him get acquainted with his teammates and set up his locker because “he didn’t want me to seem like a rookie,” as Murphy recalled. That he’s coming back this year is fantastic “According to Murphy. “Yes, wonderful, I can’t wait to play with him again,” I said after hearing the news of his signing.
Vogt would like to continue making an impact by taking on a managerial or coaching position. Along the process, he has picked up insights from people like manager Mark Kotsay, Melvin, Craig Counsell, and others.
I know I haven’t always been the best player. The top player in the league, the worst player in the league—Vogt has experienced both. To paraphrase, “I’ve been injured and everywhere in between, I’ve been DFA’d twice, I’ve been moved, I’ve been non-tendered, you name it. I’ve gone from being the man who was guaranteed a job the following year to the guy who had to battle for his position the following year.
It was Vogt who, following Oakland’s triumph over Seattle on Tuesday night, rallied the squad and urged them to take advantage of every moment to rejoice in a season where they had won only once.
His enthusiasm prompted him to share his thoughts, as Kotsay put it. Should he bother with that now, when he’s down to his final 15 games of the season? Not at all; he doesn’t agree with that. That, however, speaks volumes about his personality, passion for the game, and dedication to his teammates. It was very evident to everyone.