Vogelbach's mom and dad, Jenny and Dan, big brother Josh and younger sister Sarah are the people who mean the most to Daniel
"We all still live within 10 miles of each other and we're very close, so it's not easy leaving for Spring Training each year," Vogelbach said in May, 2019.
Bryce Harper added to his legend when he blasted a 502-foot homer at the 2009 Power Showcase, a high school homer run derby
In 2011, Vogelbach's senior year at Bishop Virot Catholic High School in Fort Myers, Florida, he committed to a baseball scholarship to the University of Florida
Daniel passed up offers from several other schools, including South Florida, Central Florida, Miami, Virginia Tech and Florida State.
And on August 15, the deadline for signing after the Cubs chose him in the second round of the draft in June, Vogelbach signed for a $1 In 2012, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Vogelbach as the 10th-best prospect in the Cubs' organization In 2017, Dan popped back up, to #9—after moving to the Mariners
And on August 15, the deadline for signing after the Cubs chose him in the second round of the draft in June, Vogelbach signed for a $1.6 million bonus, via scout Luka McKnight.
In 2012, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Vogelbach as the 10th-best prospect in the Cubs' organization
In 2017, Dan popped back up, to #9—after moving to the Mariners. He was at #12 in the offseason before 2018 spring camps opened. And he was at #16 in the spring of 2019.
Daniel's passion for the game will take him a long way. He has a lot of energy and a strong work ethic. He is positive and just fun to be around. He is a high-character guy. He always has a way to lift a clubhouse. If you're having a bad day, he can make you happy.
"When you play such a long season, and you're with the same guys for this amount of time, you have to stay loose," Vogelbach said. "You have to be able to have a good time as long as you're working hard. That's something I try to do, whether it's the ninth inning and we're down by five, or it's the ninth inning and we're up by five. I try to keep the same spirit with the guys, try to keep playing hard and let them know that we're never out of the game—we're one pitch from [being] right back in it. That's something I've had my whole life. It's something I pride myself in.
"Baseball is a lot more difficult than people think. There are times when you're not going to have a hit in a series. Then, there are times when you don't get out. The biggest thing for me is to learn not to ride the emotional roller coaster, just stay even the whole time."
Daniel heard the so-called experts say he wasn't a good enough athlete to play first base and would be limited to a role as designated hitter. He decided to lose some weight prior to the 2014 season. He reported to the Cubs' Minor League mini-camp 30 pounds lighter than in 2013, and ready for a successful sequel to the previous year, when he was part of Class A Advanced Daytona's run to the Florida State League championship.
How did he lose the weight? It helped that his brother is an athletic trainer and could guide him
How did he lose the weight? It helped that his brother is an athletic trainer and could guide him. Vogelbach did one hour of cardio every day. He also met with a nutritionist. The cardio exercise was key. If he wasn't on an elliptical machine, he was on a treadmill or he'd go on a run with his sister in their Florida neighborhood. Every Wednesday, he added a yoga workout, which helped his flexibility.
"He was on an individual nutritional plan and exercise plan, and he went above and beyond everything," Doug Jarrow, Cubs strength coach said. "He was amazing this offseason." (2/25/14)
Vogelbach's grandmother, Carolyn, passed away during the winter before 2014 spring training.
"Grandma, she was close," Vogelbach said. "My mom's mom and dad, when they passed away, I was younger and I didn't get to develop a relationship with them. Grandma came to every high school game, she was always there, whether it was in a wheelchair or not. The goal was to let her watch me play on TV one time, and she didn't do it, but I know she's got the best seat in the house now."
Vogelbach comes from a strong family. His mother helped with meals, his siblings helped him train. Now, he's back with his second family, the Cubs, and is a new man. Sure, he helped win a championship last season. That's over with.
"I don't want to win one," he said. "I want to keep going and win a lot. When I get to the big leagues, I want to win a World Series, and I want to win multiple World Series." (Muskat - mlb.com - 2/25/14)
In 2017, Daniel won the Offensive Player of the Year Award for Triple-A Tacoma.
Vogelbach is a popular teammate.
“Everybody loves Vogey’s personality,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said in 2018
“Everybody loves Vogey’s personality,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said in 2018. “He’s funny, he brings a lot of energy and keeps the dugout light and loose. But ultimately, what teammates (want) is, ‘Can this guy help us win?
“I think they saw signs of Vogey really being able to help us going forward.”
July 2019: Vogelbach was invited to his first All-Star Game.