Catcher Stephen Vogt was playing in the final game of his big league career & his day began with his kids introducing him in his first at-bat.
Stephen Vogt : Retiring | Contract | Career earnings
Vogt spent six years in minor leagues in Tampa Bay and was named the franchise’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2011, before debuting with the Rays in 2012 at age 27.
He started his major league career with a streak of 32 consecutive at-bats without a hit, which set a Tampa Bay record and lasted into his debut with Oakland in 2013. That year, he started all three games of the 2013 American League Division Series, and hit a game-winning single in Game 2.
Vogt led American League catchers in most offensive categories for the first half of his 2015 season, and his .277 batting average in 2016 was ranked in the top five among catchers heading into the All-Star break that year.
Vogt left Oakland in 2017 with a batting average of .255 with 49 home runs and 198 runs batted in over 458 games.
And vogt joined the Brewers in 2017, playing one injury-shortened season with the team and finishing with a .254 batting average, his highest since 2015.
Stephen Vogt Retiring
The catcher homered in his final game before retirement and scored the first run on a sacrifice fly after Shohei Ohtani pitched no-hit ball into the fifth, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on Wednesday.
Ohtani (15-9) finished with a 2.33 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 166 innings, and he hit .273 with 34 homers and 95 RBIs. He became the first player to qualify as a batter and a pitcher since rules for qualification were adopted in 1950.
Mike Trout hit his 40th home run with two outs in the eighth, a 452-foot drive above the first level of center-field luxury boxes.
Trout reached 40 homers for the third time and first since hitting a career-best 45 in his 2019 AL MVP season.
Vogt’s seventh home run of the season and No. 82 of his career landed in nearly the same right-field spot as his first career hit, in his 33rd at-bat on June 28, 2013, off Cardinals reliever Joe Kelly.
How fitting Vogt cleared the fences again in his final plate appearance at age 37 and with so many family and friends right there for a front-row seat. It ended an 0-for-14 funk.
Stephen Vogt signed a 1 year / $850,000 contract with the Oakland Athletics, including $850,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $850,000.
|Contract:||1 yr(s) / $850,000|
|Free Agent:||2023 / UFA|
In 2022, Vogt will earn a base salary of $850,000, while carrying a total salary of $850,000.
The MLB minimum salary rose to $700,000 this year, so both players are scheduled to make slightly over that. They can push up further to $950,000 apiece by staying healthy for at least a couple months.
According to USA Today, Stephen Vogt is under a 1 (2018) year contract worth a total of $3 million. Vogt is currently earning approximately $3 million per year.Over the years, Vogt earned $500,000 in 2012, $500,000 in 2015, $500,000 in 2016, $3 million in 2017, and $3 million in 2018.
|1 seasons||Tampa Bay Rays||$480,000|
|5 seasons||Oakland Athletics||$3,784,007|
|2 seasons||Milwaukee Brewers||$4,668,998|
|1 seasons||Super Giants||$453,568|
|1 seasons||Los Angeles Angels||$2,958,200|
|1 seasons||Atlanta Braves||$1,467,726|
Player pay can range widely. In Major League Baseball, the median pay is around $3 million annually. Top MLB players can make $25 million or more annually, and lower paid players bring in $1 million or less.
In the minor leagues, most contracts are worth less than $10,000 a year.