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Catcher Stephen Vogt retiring after 10 big league seasons

Veteran Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt will retire after 10 major league seasons and a long, patient road to break into the big leagues at age 27.

Not to mention a nearly 15-month wait to finally get his first hit.

Vogt endured an 0-for-32 hitless streak to start his career that began in Tampa Bay and ended in San Francisco’s East Bay.

“It was like a year-and-a-half wait in between my first at-bat and when I got the first hit,” said Vogt, who shared his future plans with The Associated Press. “I couldn’t believe it had happened. It had been 32 at-bats and I was in my 33rd at-bat, got a pitch to hit and fortunately I got my first hit.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 22, 2022 at 09:49 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: September 22, 2022 at 12:06 PM (#6097494)
Pretty good career, especially for someone who didn't make the majors until he was 27 and didn't really get significant playing time until he was 29.
   2. Ron J Posted: September 22, 2022 at 12:49 PM (#6097505)
Only 10 years? Felt like he'd been around longer. I guess I missed that he didn't make the majors until he was 27 and mentally added a few years.
   3. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: September 22, 2022 at 03:16 PM (#6097535)
He's really struggled this year. Watching his at-bats, he "knows what he's doing up there", which is why the A's have sometimes batted him up in the order. But after fouling pitches off and "battling", inevitably it seems he strikes out, pops up, or hits a slow roller. It's been like this for a few years now, since 2019 his BABIP and ISO has plummeted, everything else is about the same.
   4. For the Turnstiles (andeux) Posted: September 22, 2022 at 05:01 PM (#6097545)
A bases-clearing triple to tie the game for the aging backstop on the day he announces his retirement!

My enduring memory of Vogt is from game 2 of the ALDS in 2013. The A's had lost to Scherzer in game 1, and sent Sonny Gray (in his rookie year, with 10 starts under his belt) against Verlander. Gray matched Verlander zero for zero. Vogt, also a rookie at 28, who had become Oakland's starting catcher due to injuries, came up in the bottom of the 7th with 2 on and 2 out, and had maybe the best AB of the day against Verlander, fouling off 7 pitches and taking 2 more for balls ... before finally striking out. But he was also the last batter Verlander faced, and he got another chance against the bullpen in the bottom of the 9th, still scoreless, with the bases loaded and nobody out. This time, he was able to get a ball through the drawn-in infield, for the 1-0 victory.
   5. A triple short of the cycle Posted: September 23, 2022 at 12:03 AM (#6097599)
Gotta love him.

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