Happy Friday, Athletics Nation!
Stephen Vogt returned to the A’s before the 2022 season began, and it has turned out that this final stint in green and gold will be a most fitting swan song for the gritty and determined clubhouse leader, fan favorite, and two-time All-Star. Prior to yesterday’s series finale between the A’s and Mariners, Vogt announced that he will retire at the end of this season, his tenth MLB campaign.
After 10 amazing years, Stephen Vogt announced he will retire at the end of the 2022 season.— Oakland A's (@Athletics) September 22, 2022
Congratulations on a wonderful career, Stephen! You will always be a member of the Green and Gold family
Fans, join us at the Coliseum on Oct. 5 to celebrate Vogt!#DrumTogether pic.twitter.com/VCBuJhvAtk
Melissa Lockard at The Athletic reported on the announcement and recapped some of Vogt’s career highlights. In his rookie season, he memorably drove in Yoenis Céspedes to give the A’s a walkoff win against the Tigers in Game 2 of the 2013 ALDS, but his favorite career moment came while behind the plate in the same game, when he went against the orders of manager Bob Melvin and threw out Jhonny Peralta in a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play.
Vogt has been a model of perseverance throughout his baseball career. He was drafted 365th overall in 2007 by the Tampa Bay Rays and called up to the majors for the first time in 2012, at age 27. He went 0-for-27 in sporadic appearances with the Rays and was traded to the A’s ahead of the 2013 season, when he finally began cementing his role as a key presence in Oakland.
Vogt missed all of 2018 due to a shoulder injury; his future was in doubt, but the Giants signed him to a minor-league deal in 2019. All Vogt did with that opportunity was earn his way back to the bigs and post a career-high .804 OPS platooning with fellow catcher Buster Posey.
Fans celebrated Vogt’s return to the A’s this season, as he is a great mentor to have in a clubhouse teeming with young prospects. He has struggled at the plate the past few seasons, but still seems to come through in the clutch fairly regularly; this tendency was on display as recently as yesterday, when Vogt got the A’s on the board with a game-tying three-run triple.
STEPHEN VOGT CLEARS THE BASES pic.twitter.com/tzeu3AP5sH— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) September 22, 2022
Vogt was full of emotion while reminiscing about his experiences before reporters yesterday.
Another gem from Stephen Vogt: “My whole career is not going to be decorated. There’s no accolades beyond this. But for me .. I’m very proud. If there’s one kid in high school, college or Minor Leagues that says, ‘If Vogt can do it, I can do it.’ That’s what I’m most proud of."— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) September 22, 2022
Vogt has endured a lot of wear and tear through the years, but he fought back from his career-jeopardizing injury in 2018, and now he can say goodbye on his own terms. You will be missed, Stephen Vogt! Athletics Nations salutes you and thanks you for all the memories. Here’s to hoping for a few more as the season—and Vogt’s career—wind down.
We will always believe in Stephen Vogt.
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Best of Twitter:
Vogt on his decision.
Stephen Vogt on his decision to retire at the end of this season: pic.twitter.com/QTemXYgRE5— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) September 22, 2022
Seems like a wise wager.
Bet on Stephen Vogt enjoying an amazing career in baseball after retiring his catcher’s mitt. He will be either a great broadcaster, great manager or great executive. Now we’ll just wait to see which team will be smart enough to hire him.— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) September 22, 2022
Vimael Machín's seven doubles in September are tied for second-most among AL hitters.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) September 22, 2022
That’s a tough slate of pitchers to face.
The A's are scheduled to face Chris Bassitt, Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer as the Mets come to town beginning tomorrow.— Jessica Kleinschmidt (@KleinschmidtJD) September 22, 2022
Smith with some dazzling defense. He might be ready for another look in the bigs.
Kevin Smith. That’s the tweet pic.twitter.com/fTbf4G2vzH— Las Vegas Aviators (@AviatorsLV) September 23, 2022
Rey said it better than I could.
If y’all can find little Rey, tell him I see his card everyday pic.twitter.com/bCc9H0a07v— Tony Kemp (@tonykemp) September 22, 2022
You otter know about yesterday’s Nonprofit Parter of the Game.
Our Nonprofit Partner of the Game is Sea Otter Savvy@seaottersavvy is a program involving sea otter research & conservation within coastal communities to promote stewardship, educate on sea otter history and recovery, and reduce human-sea otter conflict: https://t.co/5sSslIYQ3D pic.twitter.com/oZTk738Eo4— Oakland A's (@Athletics) September 22, 2022
A doozie, indeed.
This is an all-time blooper. https://t.co/xS31ZOgJ7q— Brodie Brazil (@BrodieNBCS) September 23, 2022
Sodie’s first AAA bomb.
Here it is in moving picture form https://t.co/cGgsSoMZgE— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) September 23, 2022