Stephen Vogt had been expected to move into a coaching role when his playing days came to an end. That expectation became reality on Tuesday.
The Seattle Mariners announced their 2023 major league coaching staff. One of the additions came in the form of the A’s fan favorite, who will take over as their bullpen and quality control coach for the upcoming season.
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It did not take long for the Mariners to reach out to Vogt. Assistant general manager Andy McKay reached out to the former A’s catcher shortly after the season ended to gauge his interest in that role. Those conversations showed that he would be a match in Seattle as part of the coaching staff, bringing his knowledge to the Mariners’ relievers.
Vogt is also likely to be more than a coach. As he played last season, he could still have that leadership quality that would be needed on a young roster. He would be able to help guide the Mariners forward with his experience while grooming their wave of young stars.
It also speaks volumes as to how respected around the game Vogt is. He had never worked with any of the Mariners coaches before and had no connection to the organization when they contacted him. It is clear that they were looking for a place for him on their coaching staff even while his career was winding down.
In a way, Vogt does bring some experience to the job. He had essentially been a player/coach last year as the A’s began their latest rebuild, his experience and wealth of knowledge helping to guide those younger players through what it takes to be a major leaguer. He is just officially taking on that title with the Mariners.
Stephen Vogt had been regarded as a future coach during his playing career. The former Oakland A’s catcher made it official by joining the Mariners.