Oakland Athletics fan favorite Stephen Vogt has retired after 10 seasons in the NBA

Oakland, CA – Veteran athletics catcher Stephen Vogt He will retire after 10 major league seasons and a patient long road to breaking into the major leagues at the age of 27.

Not to mention waiting about 15 months to finally get his first hit.

Vogt holds a streak of 0-for-32 in a row to kick-start his career that began in Tampa Bay and ended at East Bay in San Francisco.

“It was like waiting a year and a half between my first hit and when I got the first one,” said Vogt, who shared his future plans with the Associated Press. “I couldn’t believe it happened. It was 32 hits, and I was 33, I got a floor to hit, and luckily I got my first hit.”

It finally came on June 28, 2013, a payline home off Joe Kelly at the St. Louis Cardinals to end the longest streak of kicks to start his career by a non-player since Chris Carter started 0-for-33 with athletics in 2010.

Even after all that, Vogt eventually turned an All-Star twice and got his own signature hymn “I Believe in Stephen Vogt!” A fan who appreciated his path and struggles.

The 37-year-old has played in Tampa Bay, Oakland, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Arizona and Atlanta, and joined athletics for a second term this year.

“Fogter is one of the most inspiring players I’ve ever managed,” said Bob Melvin, a former athletics director who is now a team captain in San Diego. “What it means to a club is immeasurable – a two-time All-Star, beloved in Auckland. One of my all-time favourites. Definitely has a future in management.”

Vogt showed quite a bit of emotion as he ran the bases for his first hit of the day, apart from third base coach Mike Gallego while rounding home. Vogt’s father, Randy, taught him humility and choosing his moments.

In fact, Vogt remembers only three times that he visibly celebrated a big hit with a victorious fist pump or raised his arm to the sky, telling his children not to turn the bat.

“I remember being a big fan of Barry Bonds, and I said, Dad, why is Barry Bonds standing at home and watching?” Vogt remembers that it was his famous role on the circuit when I was a kid. “He said, ‘Stephen, when you have 500 home races at the Grand Slams, you can do whatever you want. Until then, you put on your racket and run around the bases. “

At one point, Vogt was an exception that came a few months after his first hit, in October 2013. He produced his first hit single in the game solo. Justin Verlander In the playoffs to a 1-0 win over the Tigers that returned a best-of-five streak in MLS to Detroit tied at 1.

After hitting twice against Verlander, Vogt committed a seven-court foul in a 10-court match that ended in match seven with his third player K.

“For me, what it was all about was persevering through adversity and persevering by being the guy who always said, ‘Yeah, it could be good, but,’” Vogt said. He could do it, I could do it, that’s all that matters.”

He had left the Rays athletics team on April 5 for the 2013 season, and was traded in his native California and just a few hours from where he grew up in Visalia. He then named Oakland Fan Favorite for the appointment in June 2017.

He sustained a major shoulder injury in May 2018 while rehab with Milwaukee Vogt that year and threatened his career, but he underwent surgery and a lengthy rehab to land with the Giants in 2019.

Last year, he started the season with the Diamondbacks before being traded to the Braves and winning the World Series ring despite being injured in the Atlanta Championships. Fogg would love to remain a part of it.

“I had a coach tell me, ‘Every day you go on the field, there’s a little boy or girl at their first baseball game and you need to show them the right way to play,’ and I took that very seriously,” Vogt said. I run hard, that’s why I play hard. It’s the right way to play baseball.”

And to be a reliable colleague. At the start of spring training in 2017, Fogg approaches a young hunter Sean Murphy I took him for a spin to meet everyone and set up his wardrobe because he “didn’t want me to look like a newbie,” remembers Murphy, who cherished crossing paths with Vogt even when they were no longer playing together.

“It’s great to be back this year,” Murphy said. “When I heard they signed him, I said, ‘Yeah, cool, I can’t wait to play with him again.'” “

Vogt hopes to maintain his mark by moving into a coaching or management position. He’s been learning from manager Mark Kotsai, Melvin, Craig Consell, and others along the way.

“I wasn’t always the best player,” Vogt said. “I was one of the best players in the league, I was one of the worst players in the league.” “I got hurt and everywhere in between, I got my DFA twice, got traded, didn’t bid, you name it. I was the guy who knew he was going to get a job next year for the guy who had to fight for his job next year, and always He goes out and earns it.”

In a winless season, it was Fogg who stood up to his Oakland teammates after Tuesday night’s win over the Seattle Mariners and reminded everyone to celebrate at every opportunity.

“He got excited about it and spoke up,” Kotsai said. “Does he need to do it at this point in the season when he’s in his last 15 games? No, he doesn’t. But it shows his character and his love for the game, his love for his teammates. And it’s clear.”