Stephen Vogt’s 10-year MLB career came to an end Wednesday, and the two time All Star Oakland A’s catcher went out in the most baseball way possible. In his final at-bat, Vogt clubbed a home run to right field.
The afternoon started with several tributes to Vogt, who played six seasons in Oakland. Los Angeles Angels superstars Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani applauded Vogt as he saluted the crowd before the game. The A’s played a video tribute, showing Vogt’s former teammates Brandon Woodruff and Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers complimenting their old friend.
Vogt’s children were of course at the game , throwing out the game’s ceremonial first pitches. Before his first at-bat of the game in the second inning, they announced his name to the crowd, “Now batting, our dad, number 21 Stephen Vogt.”
Vogt led off the seventh inning with the A’s leading 1-0 by crushing a Zach Weiss fastball into the right field bleachers. He screamed as he pranced around the bases for the last time in his professional career.
Vogt was a true gamer. Drafted in 07 he rode the busses for years. He was not called up to MLB until he was 27 years old, but he put together a memorable career. including 2 trips to the All Star Game , and a World Series Win in Atlanta, Over six seasons in Oakland, Vogt became a fan favorite. And I have to admit. I was a Fan