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Stephen Vogt To Retire After 2022 Season

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Two-time All-Star and fan-favorite Stephen Vogt has decided to retire from Major League Baseball at the end of the 2022 season. The veteran catcher shared his plans to call it a career after ten years in the big-leagues with Janie McCauley of the Associated Press.Β 

Originally a twelfth-round pick by the Rays in 2007, Vogt made his MLB debut with Tampa in 2012 at age 27, going hitless in all 25 of his at-bats during his first season. Traded to Oakland the following April, Vogt saw his hitless streak extend to 0-for-32 before finally connecting on his first hit (a home run).

Despite his slow start, Vogt quickly endeared himself to A’s fans with his heroics in the 2013 postseason. Facing Justin Verlander in the ninth inning of a scoreless Game 2 of the ALDS, Vogt lined a single with the bases loaded to walk off the Tigers and even the series at one game apiece.

Vogt’s role expanded during the 2014 season, logging a total of 84 games as a catcher, first baseman, left fielder, right fielder, and designated hitter. To the tune of a .279/.321/.431 slash, Vogt helped propel the A’s to a wild card berth. To this day, cheers of β€œI believe in Stephen Vogt!” continue to ring out at RingCentral Coliseum during his plate-appearances β€” a callback to his original stint in green and gold.

The next few years would see Vogt develop into one of the most dependable and productive catchers in the league. From 2014 to 2016, he swatted 41 home runs, drove in 162 runs, and posted a wRC+ of 105, good for seventh amongst catchers. Though he spent most of his prime years behind the dish, Vogt continued to collect innings at first base, left field, and right field, for Oakland. His blend of offensive production with defensive versatility earned him nods to the American League All-Star team in 2015 and 2016.

The A’s designated Vogt for assignment in June of 2017 after he struggled during the first half. He finished the season in Milwaukee, where he accumulated a .789 OPS for a contending Brewers team. Just when Vogt looked as if he was back on track, a shoulder injury kept him out for all of 2018, threatening his career. When the Giants gave him an opportunity by signing him to a minor-league deal at the beginning of 2019, Vogt relished it. He slashed .263/.314/.490, hit 10 home runs in 99 games, and re-established himself as a productive big-leaguer.

Vogt went on to spend the COVID-shortened 2020 and the beginning of 2021 with the Diamondbacks, before being traded…

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