The A’s didn’t even surrender any players in return for Vogt. They purchased the left-handed-hitting backstop for $125,000 after Vogt was designated for assignment in Tampa Bay on March 31, at which he point he considered putting an end to what had been a largely fruitless professional career.
“It’s our free agency,” Beane said of the midseason acquisition. “It’s when I get to be Steinbrenner.”
And still, not even Beane—perhaps the most famous GM in sports for his “Moneyball” acclaim—could have predicted that Vogt would produce so greatly in the A’s most important game of the season. Not only did Vogt account for Oakland’s lone run of the night; he caught rookie phenom Sonny Gray’s masterful eight-inning performance and threw out Jose Iglesias following Gray’s strikeout of Austin Jackson with runners at the corners in the fifth inning to end the Tigers’ biggest threat of the night.
“That is a huge play in the game,” Melvin said. “Now it gets forgot about a little bit based on the fact that the game went so long and there were zeros. But at the time, that’s as big of a play as ultimately the hit he got.”
Vogt, currently in his second Major League stint, began the season with Triple-A Sacramento. The first pitcher he caught as a member of the A’s organization was Gray, who said his rapport with Vogt provided a calming affect in his first postseason start.
“He just knows my strengths,” Gray said. “He knows what I do well, and that’s why he throws the fingers he throws down.”
Posted: October 06, 2013 at 06:35 AM | 21 comment(s)
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