OAKLAND, Calif. (BVM) – Oakland Athletics designated hitter Stephen Vogt reached the pinnacle of the baseball world and has had success doing so. Over 10 MLB seasons, Vogt was a two-time All-Star, played in the postseason twice and registered over 500 career hits. However, Vogt has likely never had a more special moment than he did during his final MLB game on Oct. 5.
As he approached the batter’s box in the bottom of the second inning at the Oakland Coliseum, Vogt heard three familiar voices introduce him to the crowd. His three children, daughter Payton and sons Clark and Bennett, announced their father’s at-bat in front of all in attendance, making for a memorable moment for the family.
In his final MLB game, Stephen Vogt's kids announced his name as he came up to bat ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rxtLvtHXVY
— MLB (@MLB) October 5, 2022
Unsurprisingly, the video of the introduction quickly went viral as numerous social media accounts shared the special moment.
Vogt holds a special place in A’s fans hearts. The catcher played six of his 10 seasons in Oakland, registering over 50 home runs, 220 RBIs and 670 total bases in 527 games. While he played for six different teams, Oakland was his home and the fans made sure to give him a proper sendoff with a standing ovation following the announcement.
In his final career game, Stephen Vogt’s kids announced their dad coming up to bat
The Oakland faithful gave Vogt a standing ovation as well pic.twitter.com/DV6KmEfc0j
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) October 5, 2022
Later in his final game, Vogt would do the incredible. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the 37-year-old hit a home run, a fitting cap to his career with the A’s.
Believe in Stephen Vogt until the end! pic.twitter.com/j8QGDSFatB
— MLB (@MLB) October 5, 2022
While Vogt will forever be remembered by A’s fans, his career didn’t originally seem destined for Oakland. A 12th round pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2007 MLB Draft, Vogt spent six years in the minor leagues before his MLB debut. While he made his debut for the Rays in 2012, he was designated for assignment and the A’s were quick to snatch him up.
He started all five games of Oakland’s American League Divisional Series (ALDS) against the Detroit Tigers in 2013 and even made history when he hit a walk-off RBI in Game 2 as it was the first walk-off RBI in MLB postseason history by a rookie catcher. This was the start of a four-and-a-half year run with the A’s that saw Vogt earn his two All-Star game appearances.
Though he wasn’t with the Athletics from 2017-21, Vogt knew which franchise meant the most to him and his family. In March, Vogt re-signed with the A’s, bringing a fan favorite back to the clubhouse.
While MLB fans outside of Oakland may not know much about Vogt, he won’t soon be forgotten by A’s fans. Given the sendoff he received from the club, Vogt won’t forget his final game anytime soon either.