One could understand why Stephen Vogt returned to the Oakland A’s.
After all, this was the scene of his greatest success in the majors. He was a two time All Star during his first stint in Oakland, a productive catcher with solid pop in his bat while being a strong presence behind the plate. After a pair of subpar seasons, there was another opportunity with the rebuilding A’s, giving Vogt a chance to bring his career full circle.
Stephen Vogt could be in his final days as a player
Unfortunately, his return did not result in that same success. Vogt battled injuries as he struggled throughout the season, posting a .168/.251/.315 batting line in his 171 plate appearances. There is still some pop, as Vogt has hit six homers, but he just does not have enough juice left in the bat.
At the same time, it is clear that the A’s value what Vogt brings to the table. While other underachieving veterans such as Elvis Andrus, Jed Lowrie, and Stephen Piscotty were let go, Vogt has remained a part of the roster. It would be easy to walk away from him as well and give that roster spot to a minor leaguer with upside, but the A’s have refused to do so.
This could be a sign of a future role for Vogt. His experience and knowledge of the game could lead to a potential coaching career once his playing days are over. Considering his struggles over the past three years, and the fact that he will turn 38 years old in November, that time is coming quickly.
The end is coming quickly for Stephen Vogt. While his leadership and experience are valued by the Oakland A’s, he just has nothing left in the tank.