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DOB: 11/1/1984 Agent: All Bases Covered
Uniform #: 21  
Birth City: Visalia, CA
Draft: Rays #12 - 2007 - Out of Azusa Pacific Univ. (CA)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2007 NYP HUDSON VALLEY   70 240 40 72 8 0 4 48 6 1 31 31 .371 .383 .300
2008 SAL COLUMBUS   113 392 57 114 22 3 6 54 6 1 47 48 .368 .408 .291
2009 FSL PORT CHARLOTTE   10 34 0 6 2 0 0 3 0 1 2 4 .216 .229 .171
2010 FSL PORT CHARLOTTE   106 368 56 127 31 3 8 47 3 1 31 46 .399 .511 .345
2011 IL DURHAM   31 124 15 36 14 1 4 20 0 0 4 29 .305 .516 .290
2011 SL MONTGOMERY   97 386 52 116 21 6 13 85 4 2 30 51 .344 .487 .301
2012 IL DURHAM   94 349 48 95 18 4 9 43 1 0 42 61 .350 .424 .272
2012 AL RAYS   18 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .074 .000 .000
2013 AL ATHLETICS   47 135 18 34 6 1 4 16 0 1 9 28 .295 .400 .252
2013 PCL SACRAMENTO   75 296 55 96 21 3 13 58 0 1 38 45 .398 .547 .324
2014 PCL SACRAMENTO   21 88 18 32 8 2 3 19 1 0 8 8 .412 .602 .364
2014 AL ATHLETICS   84 269 26 75 10 2 9 35 1 0 16 39 .321 .431 .279
2015 AL ATHLETICS $512.00 136 445 58 116 21 3 18 71 0 2 56 97 .341 .443 .261
2016 AL ATHLETICS $528.00 137 490 54 123 30 2 14 56 0 0 35 83 .305 .406 .251
2017 PCL COLORADO SPRINGS   3 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .333 .250 .250
2017 MWL WISCONSIN   3 11 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .182 .364 .182
2017 NL ATHLETICS $2,965.00 54 157 12 34 8 1 4 20 0 1 16 31 .287 .357 .217
2017 NL BREWERS   45 122 13 31 7 0 8 20 0 0 5 25 .281 .508 .254
2018 SL BILOXI   3 7 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 .444 .714 .286
2019 PCL SACRAMENTO   17 58 9 14 3 0 4 7 0 0 14 11 .389 .500 .241
2019 NL GIANTS   99 255 30 67 24 2 10 40 3 1 20 66 .314 .490 .263
2020 NL DIAMONDBACKS $926.00 26 72 6 12 5 0 1 7 0 0 8 18 .247 .278 .167
Personal
  • Vogt CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> six CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> members CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> baseball. CLASS="highlight"> His CLASS="highlight"> father, CLASS="highlight"> Randy, CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Fresno CLASS="highlight"> State. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> brother, CLASS="highlight"> Danny, CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Westmont CLASS="highlight"> College.

    Two CLASS="highlight"> uncles CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> UC-Davis CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> cousin CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Cal CLASS="highlight"> State-Stanislaus.

  • Stephen CLASS="highlight"> grew CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Giants CLASS="highlight"> fan CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Visalia, CLASS="highlight"> Calif., CLASS="highlight"> making CLASS="highlight"> regular CLASS="highlight"> trips CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Candlestick CLASS="highlight"> Park CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> heroes, CLASS="highlight"> Will CLASS="highlight"> Clark CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Barry CLASS="highlight"> Bonds.

    Vogt CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> wife, CLASS="highlight"> Alyssa, CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> children—daughter CLASS="highlight"> Payton, CLASS="highlight"> 7, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> sons CLASS="highlight"> Clark, CLASS="highlight"> 4, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Bennett, CLASS="highlight"> 2. CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> enjoys CLASS="highlight"> re-creating CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> childhood CLASS="highlight"> memories CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> trips CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> classic CLASS="highlight"> tourist CLASS="highlight"> destination.

    "It's CLASS="highlight"> definitely CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> cliche, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> whole CLASS="highlight"> Fisherman's CLASS="highlight"> Wharf CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Pier CLASS="highlight"> 39 CLASS="highlight"> scene," CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "There's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> buzz CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> San CLASS="highlight"> Francisco. CLASS="highlight"> We CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Pier CLASS="highlight"> 39 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> listen CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sea CLASS="highlight"> lion's CLASS="highlight"> barking. CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> fun." CLASS="highlight"> (Giants CLASS="highlight"> Magazine CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> August, CLASS="highlight"> 2019)

    Stephen CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Allysa CLASS="highlight"> met CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> sophomore CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Azusa CLASS="highlight"> Pacific CLASS="highlight"> University.

    "I CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> basketball CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> baseball," CLASS="highlight"> Allysa CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "We CLASS="highlight"> met CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> fundamentals CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> music CLASS="highlight"> class. CLASS="highlight"> We CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> friends CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> first, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> dating CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> senior CLASS="highlight"> year.

    "Our CLASS="highlight"> 4-year-old, CLASS="highlight"> Clark, CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> Will CLASS="highlight"> Clark, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Stephen's CLASS="highlight"> favorite CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> growing CLASS="highlight"> up. CLASS="highlight"> Will CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ballpark CLASS="highlight"> recently CLASS="highlight"> (Sept., CLASS="highlight"> 2019) CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 5-minute CLASS="highlight"> conversation CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Clark CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> tunnel, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> else CLASS="highlight"> around. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> such CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> cool CLASS="highlight"> experience. CLASS="highlight"> We CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> Clark, CLASS="highlight"> 'This CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> after.'" CLASS="highlight"> (Giants CLASS="highlight"> Mag CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Sept., CLASS="highlight"> 2019)

  • In CLASS="highlight"> college, CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> .448 CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> seasons CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Azusa CLASS="highlight"> Pacific CLASS="highlight"> University CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> California. CLASS="highlight"> While CLASS="highlight"> there, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Mets CLASS="highlight"> OF CLASS="highlight"> Kirk CLASS="highlight"> Nieuwenhuis. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> produced CLASS="highlight"> former CLASS="highlight"> NFL CLASS="highlight"> running CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> Christian CLASS="highlight"> Okoye CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> decathlete CLASS="highlight"> Dave CLASS="highlight"> Johnson, CLASS="highlight"> known CLASS="highlight"> mostly CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> infamous CLASS="highlight"> "Dan CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Dave" CLASS="highlight"> Reebok CLASS="highlight"> commercials CLASS="highlight"> leading CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 1992 CLASS="highlight"> Olympics.

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2010, CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> led CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Florida CLASS="highlight"> State CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> (.345) CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> slugging CLASS="highlight"> (.511).

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2010, CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> winner CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rays CLASS="highlight"> organization's Erik CLASS="highlight"> Walker CLASS="highlight"> Community CLASS="highlight"> Champion CLASS="highlight"> Award, CLASS="highlight"> given CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> minor CLASS="highlight"> leaguer CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> displays CLASS="highlight"> teamwork, CLASS="highlight"> sportsmanship, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> community CLASS="highlight"> involvement.

  • In CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2011, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> Prospect CLASS="highlight"> Handbook CLASS="highlight"> rated CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 30th-best CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rays CLASS="highlight"> organization. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> ranked CLASS="highlight"> #22 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> winter CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> 2012 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> training.

  • Vogt CLASS="highlight"> does CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> excellent CLASS="highlight"> imitation CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Rays' CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Joe CLASS="highlight"> Maddon.

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2012 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> training, CLASS="highlight"> Rays CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Joe CLASS="highlight"> Maddon CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> impressed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Vogt. CLASS="highlight"> "He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> nice CLASS="highlight"> qualities CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> hitter," CLASS="highlight"> Maddon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "His CLASS="highlight"> bat CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> impressive CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> attractive. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> hitter CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> righties CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> lefties. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> works CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> at-bat CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> strikes, CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> trouble."

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2012, CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> winner CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Al CLASS="highlight"> Lopez CLASS="highlight"> Award, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> given CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> Rays CLASS="highlight"> rookie CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> training. CLASS="highlight"> Vogt, CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> age CLASS="highlight"> 27, CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Opening CLASS="highlight"> Day CLASS="highlight"> roster CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> .323 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> RBIs, CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> doubles, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> triple CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 15 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> games. CLASS="highlight"> (Editor's CLASS="highlight"> note: CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> April, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> immediately CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> 0-for-25 CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> sent CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> minors.)

  • Vogt's CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> St. CLASS="highlight"> Louis CLASS="highlight"> Cardinals CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> June CLASS="highlight"> 28, CLASS="highlight"> 2013.

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2014, CLASS="highlight"> Vogt was CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> recipient CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Jim CLASS="highlight"> "Catfish" CLASS="highlight"> Hunter CLASS="highlight"> Award, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> annually CLASS="highlight"> honors CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> A's CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> whose CLASS="highlight"> competitive CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> inspirational CLASS="highlight"> spirit CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> reflects CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> late CLASS="highlight"> Hall CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Fame CLASS="highlight"> pitcher.

    "That's CLASS="highlight"> terrific," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> A's CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Bob CLASS="highlight"> Melvin. CLASS="highlight"> "We CLASS="highlight"> probably CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> several CLASS="highlight"> candidates CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> certainly CLASS="highlight"> can't CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> wrong CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Stephen. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> embodies CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> whole CLASS="highlight"> spirit CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> award. CLASS="highlight"> For CLASS="highlight"> us, CLASS="highlight"> such CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> versatile CLASS="highlight"> guy, CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> grinders. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> wanting CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> win, CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> matter CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> Apropos CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> it."

    That CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> award CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> voted CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> coaches CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> special CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> upbeat CLASS="highlight"> Vogt, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> five CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> positions CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> A's CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> carrying CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> .300 CLASS="highlight"> batting CLASS="highlight"> average CLASS="highlight"> following CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> June CLASS="highlight"> 1 CLASS="highlight"> call-up, CLASS="highlight"> despite CLASS="highlight"> battling CLASS="highlight"> multiple CLASS="highlight"> injuries.

    "There CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> hear CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> organization CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> Catfish, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> name CLASS="highlight"> mentioned CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> honor CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> itself," CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "But CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> coaches CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> regard, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> highest CLASS="highlight"> honor CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> ballplayer."

    Vogt's CLASS="highlight"> inspiring CLASS="highlight"> style CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> play was CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> display CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> arrived CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Oakland, CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> A's CLASS="highlight"> debut CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> June, CLASS="highlight"> 2013 and, CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> months CLASS="highlight"> later, CLASS="highlight"> delivered CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> walk-off CLASS="highlight"> RBI CLASS="highlight"> single CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Game CLASS="highlight"> 2 CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2013 CLASS="highlight"> ALDS CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> Detroit.

    "For CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> career CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> gone, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> inspirational CLASS="highlight"> story CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> people," CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "For CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> life. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> haven't CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> thought CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> huge CLASS="highlight"> inspirational CLASS="highlight"> story. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> looks CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> says, CLASS="highlight"> 'Wow, CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> leagues, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can,' CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> want." CLASS="highlight"> (Jane CLASS="highlight"> Lee CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 9/20/2014)

    FAMILY

  • Stephen CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> wife CLASS="highlight"> Alyssa, CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> children: CLASS="highlight"> daughter, CLASS="highlight"> Payton; CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> son, CLASS="highlight"> Clark.

  • Because CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> vagabond CLASS="highlight"> life, CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> lives CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> stuffed CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> space CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> five CLASS="highlight"> plastic CLASS="highlight"> storage CLASS="highlight"> bins—shoes CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> container, CLASS="highlight"> shirts CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> another, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> pants CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> another. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> limit CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> number CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> hand-me-down CLASS="highlight"> toys CLASS="highlight"> offered CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> them.

  • Here's CLASS="highlight"> Alyssa's CLASS="highlight"> story of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> night CLASS="highlight"> Stephen proposed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> her.  CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> she CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> basketball CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Azusa CLASS="highlight"> Pacific CLASS="highlight"> University.

    Following CLASS="highlight"> her CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> banquet CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> her CLASS="highlight"> senior CLASS="highlight"> season, CLASS="highlight"> Alyssa CLASS="highlight"> returned CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> her CLASS="highlight"> apartment CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> homework CLASS="highlight"> done, CLASS="highlight"> though CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> plan CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> mind.

    Says CLASS="highlight"> Alyssa: CLASS="highlight"> "We CLASS="highlight"> walk CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> apartment CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> entire CLASS="highlight"> living CLASS="highlight"> room CLASS="highlight"> cleared CLASS="highlight"> out. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> set CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> zigzag CLASS="highlight"> path CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> rose CLASS="highlight"> petals CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> tealight CLASS="highlight"> candles CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> art CLASS="highlight"> easels CLASS="highlight"> set CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> end CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> turn CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> walkway. CLASS="highlight"> There CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> dozen CLASS="highlight"> roses CLASS="highlight"> underneath CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> easel CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> picture CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> easel. CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> proceeded CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> explain CLASS="highlight"> why CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> picture CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> special CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> moment CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> represented CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> relationship."

    There CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> final CLASS="highlight"> picture CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> end CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> walkway: CLASS="highlight"> "It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> covered CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> surrounded CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> semi-circle CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> candles CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> vases CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> roses," CLASS="highlight"> Alyssa CLASS="highlight"> remembers. CLASS="highlight"> "He CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> close CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> eyes, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> opened CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> find CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> blown-up CLASS="highlight"> picture CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ring CLASS="highlight"> revealed CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> knee. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> proposed, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> yes, CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> area CLASS="highlight"> set CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> dance CLASS="highlight"> floor CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> side CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> room. CLASS="highlight"> We CLASS="highlight"> danced CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Lonestar's CLASS="highlight"> "Amazed" CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> sat CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> floor CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> reflected CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> 45 CLASS="highlight"> minutes.

    "Stephen CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> arranged CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> friends CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> show CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> apartment CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> immediately CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> engagement CLASS="highlight"> party CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> night. CLASS="highlight"> Truly CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> romantic CLASS="highlight"> night CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> remember CLASS="highlight"> forever."  CLASS="highlight"> (Lee CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 2/13/15)

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    He CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> drama CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Visalia, CLASS="highlight"> California, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> loves CLASS="highlight"> theater. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> hadn’t CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Majors, CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> dream CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Broadway.  CLASS="highlight"> (mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 2/25/15)

  • Vogt CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> veteran's CLASS="highlight"> understanding CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> newbie's CLASS="highlight"> drive CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> prove CLASS="highlight"> himself, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> born CLASS="highlight"> showman's CLASS="highlight"> flair CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> keeping CLASS="highlight"> thing's CLASS="highlight"> loose.

    "I'm CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> prototypical CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> player," CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> admitted CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2015.

    Growing CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Visalia, CLASS="highlight"> California, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Central CLASS="highlight"> Valley CLASS="highlight"> town, CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> practically CLASS="highlight"> invisible CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> pro CLASS="highlight"> scouts CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> private CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 300 CLASS="highlight"> students.

    Stephen CLASS="highlight"> keeps CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> loose CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> antics. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> cares CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> him. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> model CLASS="highlight"> teammate. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> takes CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> craft CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> seriously CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> side.

    To CLASS="highlight"> keep CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> light, CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> impersonates CLASS="highlight"> coaches, CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> belts CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> pop CLASS="highlight"> tune. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> natural CLASS="highlight"> performer. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> quick CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> quote CLASS="highlight"> movies CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> TV CLASS="highlight"> shows.

    "He CLASS="highlight"> loves CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> laugh," CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> wife, CLASS="highlight"> Alyssa CLASS="highlight"> says.

  • Vogt CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> wife, CLASS="highlight"> Alyssa, CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> supporters CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Imagination CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Dublin, CLASS="highlight"> Calif., CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> they've CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> multiple CLASS="highlight"> visits CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> special-needs CLASS="highlight"> children. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> hosted CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Coliseum CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> numerous CLASS="highlight"> occasions, CLASS="highlight"> bringing CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> children CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> batting CLASS="highlight"> practice. CLASS="highlight"> Alyssa CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> special CLASS="highlight"> ed CLASS="highlight"> teacher CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> while.

    "They've CLASS="highlight"> blessed CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> lives CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> sure CLASS="highlight"> we've CLASS="highlight"> helped CLASS="highlight"> them," CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "We're CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> lucky CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> found CLASS="highlight"> such CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> organization CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> with. As CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> player, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> responsibility CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> impact CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> lives CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> own. CLASS="highlight"> People CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> us, CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> wrong, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> need CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> sure CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> enriching CLASS="highlight"> lives CLASS="highlight"> outside CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> making CLASS="highlight"> life CLASS="highlight"> count CLASS="highlight"> outside CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> baseball." CLASS="highlight">  (Lee CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 9/14/15)

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2015, CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> recipient CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Catfish CLASS="highlight"> Hunter CLASS="highlight"> Award, CLASS="highlight"> becoming CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> honor CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> consecutive CLASS="highlight"> years. CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> joined CLASS="highlight"> Mark CLASS="highlight"> Ellis CLASS="highlight"> (2005, CLASS="highlight"> 2007) CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> twice CLASS="highlight"> win CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> award, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> described CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> A's CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> recognition CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> "player CLASS="highlight"> whose CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> conduct CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> clubhouse CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> exemplifies CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> courageous, CLASS="highlight"> competitive CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> inspirational CLASS="highlight"> spirit CLASS="highlight"> demonstrated CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> late CLASS="highlight"> Hall CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Fame CLASS="highlight"> pitcher." CLASS="highlight">  (Lee CLASS="highlight"> -mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 9/25/15)

  • Stephen CLASS="highlight"> Vogt’s CLASS="highlight"> leadership CLASS="highlight"> skills CLASS="highlight"> mean CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> A’s CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> skills CLASS="highlight"> behind CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plate. He’s CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> calming CLASS="highlight"> presence CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> nerve-rattled CLASS="highlight"> pitcher CLASS="highlight"> finds CLASS="highlight"> trouble CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> mound. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> spiral CLASS="highlight"> downward CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> team, CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> stands CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> media CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> projects CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> confidence CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> better CLASS="highlight"> days CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> corner. Those CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> inherited CLASS="highlight"> qualities, CLASS="highlight"> passed CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> man CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> stressed CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> important CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> well.

    Randy CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> coached CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> older CLASS="highlight"> brother CLASS="highlight"> Danny CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> pick CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bat CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> values CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> imparted CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> resonate CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Stephen, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> A’s CLASS="highlight"> catcher CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> coming CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> major CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> career.

    The CLASS="highlight"> primary CLASS="highlight"> lesson CLASS="highlight"> passed CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> Randy CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> “if CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> ahead CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> yourself, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> successful,” CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “I’ve CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> career, CLASS="highlight"> lived CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> life CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> way. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> All CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> control CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> 100 CLASS="highlight"> percent CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> teammates. CLASS="highlight"> That’s CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> taught CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> early CLASS="highlight"> age.”

    On CLASS="highlight"> January CLASS="highlight"> 26, CLASS="highlight"> 2016, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> honored CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> father CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> CSN CLASS="highlight"> Bay CLASS="highlight"> Area’s CLASS="highlight"> “Coaching CLASS="highlight"> Corps CLASS="highlight"> Game CLASS="highlight"> Changer CLASS="highlight"> Awards” CLASS="highlight"> ceremony CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> San CLASS="highlight"> Francisco, CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> event CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> spotlights CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> influential CLASS="highlight"> coaching CLASS="highlight"> figures CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> lives CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Bay CLASS="highlight"> Area’s CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> athletes. CLASS="highlight"> Coaching CLASS="highlight"> Corps CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> organization, CLASS="highlight"> founded CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> former CLASS="highlight"> A’s CLASS="highlight"> owner CLASS="highlight"> Wally CLASS="highlight"> Haas, CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> provides CLASS="highlight"> coaches CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> sports CLASS="highlight"> programs CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> living CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> underserved CLASS="highlight"> communities.

    Randy CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> recognized CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> early CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Stephen’s CLASS="highlight"> passion CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> sports. CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> older CLASS="highlight"> brother CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> T-ball, CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> drag CLASS="highlight"> equipment CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> family’s CLASS="highlight"> front CLASS="highlight"> lawn CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> stage CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> game. He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> 3 CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> 4 CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time.

    “After CLASS="highlight"> Danny CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> school, CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> wife CLASS="highlight"> (Toni) CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> out, CLASS="highlight"> open CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> garage CLASS="highlight"> door, CLASS="highlight"> grab CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> bag CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> set CLASS="highlight"> helmets CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> bats CLASS="highlight"> up,” CLASS="highlight"> Randy CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “He’d CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plastic CLASS="highlight"> bases CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> had, CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> phantom CLASS="highlight"> game. CLASS="highlight"> He’d CLASS="highlight"> pretend CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> hitting, CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> bases, CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> glove CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> pretend CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> pitching CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> team.”

    As CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> unfolded, CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> passion CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> reciprocated. CLASS="highlight"> Randy, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> worked CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> CPA CLASS="highlight"> near CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> family’s CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Visalia, CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> wake CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> 3:00 CLASS="highlight"> a.m. CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> commute CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> office, CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> 3:00 CLASS="highlight"> p.m. CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> coach CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> sons.

    “Then CLASS="highlight"> he’d CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> bed CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> again,” CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “It CLASS="highlight"> meant CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> brother CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> maybe CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> enough CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> time. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> now, CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> father, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sacrifices CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> impact.”

    Randy, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> left-hander CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> pitched CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 1976 CLASS="highlight"> Fresno CLASS="highlight"> State CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> team, CLASS="highlight"> eventually CLASS="highlight"> became CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> head CLASS="highlight"> coach CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Central CLASS="highlight"> Valley CLASS="highlight"> Christian CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> School. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> biggest CLASS="highlight"> thrill CLASS="highlight"> coaching CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> pencil CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> freshman CLASS="highlight"> leadoff CLASS="highlight"> hitter, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Danny CLASS="highlight"> anchoring CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> lineup CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> senior CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> 3 CLASS="highlight"> hitter. Though CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> eldest CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> drilled CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game’s CLASS="highlight"> fundamentals, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> over-arching CLASS="highlight"> lesson CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> respect CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> properly.

    “You’ll CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> coach CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> shows CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> gets CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> respect CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> (more),” CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “We CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> clean CLASS="highlight"> shoes, CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> pants CLASS="highlight"> up. CLASS="highlight"> We CLASS="highlight"> definitely CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> way.”

    Added CLASS="highlight"> Randy: CLASS="highlight"> “To CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> sports CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> microcosm CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> life. CLASS="highlight"> There CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> sports CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> life CLASS="highlight"> lessons. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> learn CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> unselfish. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> learn CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> others. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> successful CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ones CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> unselfish.”

    Such CLASS="highlight"> wisdom CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> stuck CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> times CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> career. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> spent CLASS="highlight"> five CLASS="highlight"> full CLASS="highlight"> seasons CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> minors CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> call-up CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Tampa CLASS="highlight"> Bay CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> age CLASS="highlight"> 27. CLASS="highlight"> Then CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> opened CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> 0-for-32 CLASS="highlight"> streak, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> second-longest CLASS="highlight"> career-opening CLASS="highlight"> hitless CLASS="highlight"> streak CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> non-pitcher CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> 1973. CLASS="highlight"> After CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Oakland’s CLASS="highlight"> 2013 CLASS="highlight"> postseason CLASS="highlight"> run, CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> received CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> jolt CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> 2014 CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> among CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> A’s CLASS="highlight"> final CLASS="highlight"> roster CLASS="highlight"> cuts CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> Opening CLASS="highlight"> Day. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> couldn’t CLASS="highlight"> hide CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> emotion CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> packed CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> belongings CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> minors. 

    As CLASS="highlight"> always, CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> drew CLASS="highlight"> strength CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> picking CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> phone CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> calling CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> father, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> reminded CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> needed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> hard CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Triple-A CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Majors. CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> later, CLASS="highlight"> Vogt’s CLASS="highlight"> parents CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> stands CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Cincinnati CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> Game.

    “Nothing CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> easy CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it,” CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “If CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> wasn’t CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> support CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> family, CLASS="highlight"> guidance CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> dad CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> early CLASS="highlight"> age CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> It’s CLASS="highlight"> easy CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> yourself CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> right. CLASS="highlight"> At CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> end CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> day, CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> easy, CLASS="highlight"> everyone CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> Those CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> constantly CLASS="highlight"> say.” CLASS="highlight"> (Joe CLASS="highlight"> Stiglich CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> CSNBayArea.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> A's CLASS="highlight"> Insider CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Jan CLASS="highlight"> 2016) 

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 3, CLASS="highlight"> 2016: Motivationally CLASS="highlight"> speaking, CLASS="highlight"> A's CLASS="highlight"> catcher CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> knack CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> commanding CLASS="highlight"> attention CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own CLASS="highlight"> special, CLASS="highlight"> unique CLASS="highlight"> way. He CLASS="highlight"> does CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> dressing CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> tacky CLASS="highlight"> clothes, CLASS="highlight"> stuffing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> pillow CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> shirt, CLASS="highlight"> hunching CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> spewing CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> well-meaning CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> useless CLASS="highlight"> bits CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> advice CLASS="highlight"> designed CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> confuse CLASS="highlight"> people. CLASS="highlight"> Meet CLASS="highlight"> motivational CLASS="highlight"> speaker CLASS="highlight"> Matt CLASS="highlight"> Foley, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> alter-ego CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> late CLASS="highlight"> comedian CLASS="highlight"> Chris CLASS="highlight"> Farley, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> character CLASS="highlight"> famous CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> ago CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> "Saturday CLASS="highlight"> Night CLASS="highlight"> Live."

    Vogt's CLASS="highlight"> spot-on CLASS="highlight"> impression CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Foley CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> its CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> national CLASS="highlight"> conversation CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> couple CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> appearances CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Network's CLASS="highlight"> "Intentional CLASS="highlight"> Talk," CLASS="highlight"> including CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> ago CLASS="highlight"> when, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> full CLASS="highlight"> Foley CLASS="highlight"> character, CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> gave CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> 15-second CLASS="highlight"> endorsement CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> why CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> should CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> selected CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> team.

    After CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> ended, CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> won CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> award CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> effort, CLASS="highlight"> receiving CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Esurance CLASS="highlight"> Award CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Best CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Interview. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> presented CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> GIBBY CLASS="highlight"> Award CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Saturday CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> A's-Astros CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Minute CLASS="highlight"> Maid CLASS="highlight"> Park CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Houston.

    "It's CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> cool," CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I'm CLASS="highlight"> obviously CLASS="highlight"> honored CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> award, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> fun CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> show CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fans CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> we're CLASS="highlight"> real CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> personalities CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> players."

    Foley CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> impression CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> mastered. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> credit CLASS="highlight"> goes CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Vogt's CLASS="highlight"> comical CLASS="highlight"> imitation CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> basketball CLASS="highlight"> referee, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> routine CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> entertaining CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> eventually CLASS="highlight"> netted CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bobblehead CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Oakland CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> prompted CLASS="highlight"> legions CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> fans CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> arrive CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> A's CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> full CLASS="highlight"> ref CLASS="highlight"> gear CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> blow CLASS="highlight"> whistles CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> him.

    The CLASS="highlight"> Foley CLASS="highlight"> fury CLASS="highlight"> began CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> couple CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Spring CLASS="highlight"> Trainings CLASS="highlight"> ago, CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> A's CLASS="highlight"> held CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> early-morning CLASS="highlight"> meeting CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> Baseball's CLASS="highlight"> new CLASS="highlight"> pace-of-play CLASS="highlight"> rules, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> included CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> edict CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> hitters CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> keep CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> foot CLASS="highlight"> inside CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> batter's CLASS="highlight"> box CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> at-bat. CLASS="highlight"> Manager CLASS="highlight"> Bob CLASS="highlight"> Melvin CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> assistance CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> message CLASS="highlight"> across CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> For CLASS="highlight"> that, CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> turned CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> commands CLASS="highlight"> attention—the CLASS="highlight"> thrice-divorced, CLASS="highlight"> living-in-a-van-down-by-the-river CLASS="highlight"> Foley.

    "I CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> hour CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> stuff CLASS="highlight"> together," CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> rewrote CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Matt CLASS="highlight"> Foley CLASS="highlight"> speech, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> using CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> pace-of-play CLASS="highlight"> rules." CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> considers CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> Foley's CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> coming CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> party. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> done CLASS="highlight"> [the CLASS="highlight"> impression] CLASS="highlight"> before, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> previous CLASS="highlight"> life CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> baseball," CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "That's CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> showed CLASS="highlight"> Matt CLASS="highlight"> Foley CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> crowd."

    By CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> accounts, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> crowd CLASS="highlight"> loves CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> especially CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> gives CLASS="highlight"> fans CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> chance CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> ballplayer CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> light, CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field.

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    "Vogter's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> life-giver CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> clubhouse," CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Cubs' CLASS="highlight"> Ben CLASS="highlight"> Zobrist, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> began CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Oakland. CLASS="highlight"> "He's CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> brings CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> positive CLASS="highlight"> attitude CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> brings CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> humor CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> excitement CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> clubhouse. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> you're CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> clubhouse CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> him, CLASS="highlight"> you're CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> player. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> brings CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> energy CLASS="highlight"> level CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> everybody CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field. CLASS="highlight">  You CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> least CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> team. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> list CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> position CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> important." CLASS="highlight"> (Lee CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 7/11/16)

  • In CLASS="highlight"> March CLASS="highlight"> 2018, CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> basketball CLASS="highlight"> fever CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> air, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> knew CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> While CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> probably CLASS="highlight"> looking CLASS="highlight"> forward CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> excited CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> men CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> black CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> white CLASS="highlight"> stripes.

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    He CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> standard CLASS="highlight"> calls, CLASS="highlight"> thoughts; CLASS="highlight"> however, CLASS="highlight"> Vogt's CLASS="highlight"> knowledge CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> deeper, CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> explained CLASS="highlight"> everything CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> "block-and-one" CLASS="highlight"> call CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> emphatic CLASS="highlight"> gestures.  CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> already CLASS="highlight"> knows CLASS="highlight"> everything CLASS="highlight"> necessary CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> step CLASS="highlight"> onto CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> hardwood CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> official CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> soon CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> week.  CLASS="highlight"> (Mearns CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 3/13/18)

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    TRANSACTIONS

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 2007: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Rays CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 12th CLASS="highlight"> round, out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Azusa CLASS="highlight"> Pacific CLASS="highlight"> University CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> California. He CLASS="highlight"> signed for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bonus CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> $6,000, CLASS="highlight"> via CLASS="highlight"> scout CLASS="highlight"> Jake CLASS="highlight"> Wilson.

  • April CLASS="highlight"> 5, CLASS="highlight"> 2013: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> A's CLASS="highlight"> sent CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rays, CLASS="highlight"> acquiring CLASS="highlight"> Vogt.

  • January CLASS="highlight"> 13, CLASS="highlight"> 2017: CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> A's CLASS="highlight"> avoided CLASS="highlight"> arbitration CLASS="highlight"> agreeing CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> one-year CLASS="highlight"> deal.

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 22, CLASS="highlight"> 2017: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> A's CLASS="highlight"> designated CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> assignment.

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 25, CLASS="highlight"> 2017: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Brewers CLASS="highlight"> claimed CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> waivers CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> A's.

  • Dec CLASS="highlight"> 1, CLASS="highlight"> 2017: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Brewers CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> catcher CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> one-year CLASS="highlight"> deal, 

  • Nov CLASS="highlight"> 1, CLASS="highlight"> 2018: CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> free CLASS="highlight"> agency.

  • Feb. CLASS="highlight"> 11, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> minor CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> contract CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Giants.

  • Oct CLASS="highlight"> 31, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> free CLASS="highlight"> agency. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • Nov CLASS="highlight"> 26, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> D-backs CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> free CLASS="highlight"> agent CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> one-year CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> $3 CLASS="highlight"> million CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2020. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 17, CLASS="highlight"> 2021: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Braves CLASS="highlight"> acquired CLASS="highlight"> Stephen CLASS="highlight"> Vogt CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Diamondbacks CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Minor CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> baseman CLASS="highlight"> Mason CLASS="highlight"> Berne.
Batting
  • Vogt is a lefthanded hitter who has little trouble hitting lefthanded pitching.
  • Stephen uses the whole field to get singles and extra-base hits. He uses the entire field and has learned to drive the ball with his strong hands. It is hoped he will hit with enough power to be in the lineup most days.

  • Stephen provided the key blow in the eighth, delivering a go-ahead two-run triple to right.  The triple was the 500th hit of Vogt's career, and he was emotional after he slid into third and looked at his teammates 20 feet away from him in the home dugout.

    "I just love this game, and the 500 hits, I know it's not this huge milestone, but for somebody who didn't make the big leagues until he was 27 and kind of a late bloomer, it's a pretty special moment for me," Vogt said. "I never thought I'd get one big league hit, let alone 500. And for it to be a go-ahead two-RBI triple in the eighth inning at home ... it's the moment you dream of as a kid."  (Gilbert - mlb.com - 5/2/2021)

  • As of the start of the 2021 season, Vogt had a career batting average of .250 with 68 home runs and 265 RBI in 1,970 at-bats.
Fielding
  • Stephen has some athleticism and is versatile, seeing action behind the plate, at first base, and in the outfield.
  • As a catcher, Vogt has a strong arm. He regularly gets pop times between 1.95 and 2.0 seconds.
  • In 2010, Vogt threw out 31 percent of Florida State League runners who were attempting to steal a base.

    In 2011, he caught 30 percent of runners between Double-A and Triple-A combined.

    In 2015, Stephen threw out 20 of 43, 32% of runners who tried to steal  a base.

    In 2016, he nabbed 28%, 20 of 71 potential base-thieves/

    In 2017, Vogt caught only 7 of 46 runners—a poor 15%.

  • Stephen works well with the pitching staff. He calls a good game. But he is a bit below average receiver.
  • In left field, Vogt has good range.
  • When the 2012 season ended, a friend (he declines to say who) cornered him and told him improve defensively if he were to have a chance to return to the Majors.

    The big key, he said, was taking up yoga. “Yoga has tremendously helped my flexibility,” he said. “That’s such a big part of being a catcher: being able to move quickly, being able to block balls. The flexibility is really a big thing for me.”

  • Vogt used to play outfield and first base, but in 2017 for the Brewers, it was just catcher and DH.

  • Over the 2017-2018 offseason, Stephen joined a growing group of position players using weighted balls to improve his mechanics and arm strength.  Some pitchers are known for employing the heavy rubber balls as part of their throwing programs, but some position players have found them helpful as well.

    Vogt aims to reverse a process of decline that began several years ago, when he found himself rushing throws in the wake of some early-season stolen bases. Slowly, bad habits took hold, culminating in the 2017 season after the waiver wire took the two-time Oakland A's All-Star to the Brewers. Vogt threw out four of 31 baserunners with Milwaukee. 

    Vogt reaches in his locker for the bag containing his new toys. They are soft rubber balls in different colors and weights up to 2 kg, or about 14 times heavier than a standard five to 5 1/4 ounce baseball.

    "What it does is, your body is not going to let you throw something heavier than a baseball incorrectly," Vogt said. "You are going to get your arm in the right spot. You are going to get back on line. It helps you build up your arm strength correctly."

    Vogt picked them up in November. Vogt's arm feels "good and strong and back to where it was," but he'll need some live action to better judge whether the program worked. 

    "I don't know exactly what it's going to look like in the season, but I'm going to continue doing it in the spring and figure out how I want to implement it," Vogt said. "It's not for everybody. It's not like this is the answer. But for me, being a 33-year-old catcher, it's something that I believe has helped.  If you stop working, you're going to be done."  (McCalvy - mlb.com - 2/18/18)

Running
  • Stephen has below average speed.
Career Injury Report
  • April 2009: Vogt suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder and missed almost the entire season.

  • July 2-12, 2012: Stephen was on the D.L.
  • April 10-May 12, 2014: Vogt was on the D.L. with a right ankle sprain.

  • May 2014: Vogt was battling a bone bruise and it worsened in June in Miami, where he finally revealed to the coaching staff the pain it causes when catching because of the particular positioning of his feet. He still very much feels it when pushing off, whether on the bases or in the field when going after a foul ball, but, "It is what it is," he said.  It's the type of injury that won't go away without rest, and that won't come until the offseason.

    "I'll just continue getting the treatment and avoiding things that will make it worse, like catching," he said. "I'd like to think that I can catch again this year if it's feeling better, because the pain's becoming more tolerable. But at this point, wherever I can help the team the most is where I want to be. Whether that's at first, or DHing, or outfielder, that's what I want to do. Obviously the inner catcher in me wants to catch, but we have two pretty good catchers." (8/11/14)

  • October 13, 2014: Stephen had surgery on his right foot. It was a procedure to repair a ruptured plantar plate, which kept him from catching down the stretch for the A's. The surgery was performed by orthopedist Dr. Kenneth Jung in Los Angeles.

  • January 28-July 26, 2016: Vogt underwent successful elbow surgery.

  • July 18-Aug 18, 2017: Stephen was on the DL with a sprained left knee.

  • Feb. 28, 2018: Vogt missed two to three weeks of Spring Training games with a strained right shoulder.

  • March 26, 2018: Vogt was on the DL with right shoulder strain.   May 8, 2018:  The tears that filled Stephen Vogt's eyes said more than any of his words. After an examination revealed damage to the capsule, rotator cuff and labrum in his ailing right shoulder.

  • May 2018 : Vogt underwent season-ending surgery to repair multiple structures in his right shoulder. 

    May 22-Oct 31, 2018:  The [surgery] fix, Vogt said, was less invasive than the worst-case scenario Vogt originally had in mind, requiring a significant repair of the shoulder capsule but more minor "clean-ups" of the rotator cuff and labrum. He hopes to be healthy for Spring Training 2019.  Vogt's surgery was performed by noted orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Rather than rehab at home in Washington, Vogt opted to rejoin the team, and he'll stay with the Brewers as much as is feasible for the rest of the season.