Former Giants & A’s catcher Stephen Vogt named new Guardians manager

Nov 6, 2023, 9:27 AM

Stephen Vogt #21 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates while trotting around the bases after hitting ...

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 05: Stephen Vogt #21 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates while trotting around the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the bottom of the seventh inning of the game at RingCentral Coliseum on October 05, 2022 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

On Monday, the Cleveland Guardians announced that they believe in Stephen Vogt.

The team announced they hired Vogt to replace former manager Terry Francona. Vogt, who becomes the team’s 45th manager in team history, spent last season as the bullpen and quality control coach with the Seattle Mariners after retiring in 2022.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Stephen and his family to Northeast Ohio and to name him the next manager of the Cleveland Guardians,” Chris Antonetti, President of Baseball Operations, said in the team’s press release. “Stephen has thought critically about the type of leader and manager he wants to be. His deep care for others, his ability to build meaningful relationships with those around him, and his open-mindedness and curiosity make him an ideal fit to lead our club moving forward. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Stephen.”

Vogt, a fan favorite in Oakland, was a member of the A’s for six of his 10 years in the league. The 39-year-old manager made his major league debut with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012 before joining the A’s the following season. During his time in Oakland, he was voted to the All-Star game twice in 2015 and 2016, eventually getting fans to chant, “I believe in Stephen Vogt!”

Vogt hit a home run in what was his last at-bat for both the A’s and in his career. Before rejoining the A’s in 2021, Vogt helped the Atlanta Braves win the World Series in 2020. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

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