I BELIEVE IN STEPHEN VOGT!!
Thereâs a chance you may have heard of Oakland Athletics’ All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt; there’s also a pretty good chance that you haven’t. You might heard random Athleticsâ’ fans chanting “I believe in Stephen Vogt” at your home ballpark (it”s happened before, more than once) but found yourself thinking, “who believes what?”
Well, as it turns out, not only do A’s fans believe in Stephen Vogt, his teammates and coaches do too. Wednesday, Vogt returned to the lineup for the first time in nearly two weeks after having been struck in the groin by a ball. He also returned as an award-winner; actually, a multiple-award-winner.
Vogt’s teammates, the media, his coaches and the fans all believe in Vogt and he was the recipient of their awards. The fans chat “I Believe in Stephen Vogt!,” the A’s awarded him the Catfish Hunter Award and the Dave Stewart Community Service Award and the Baseball Writer’s Association of America’s (BBWAA) gave him their Good Guy Award.
He was honored because he is a leader in the clubhouse, a class-act with the fans, an All-Star on the field and a pillar of the community who helps the less fortunate in every way he can.
The question now is, is the guy who did not even make the A’s Opening Day roster in 2014 but became an All-Star in 2015, recognizable enough around Major League Baseball to be voted the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award?
We will have to wait to find out. To learn more about Stephen Vogt as a person, player and philanthropist you can read my full column on Today’s Knuckleball by clicking on the link below: