The news of today is that the Cleveland Guardians officially hired Stephen Vogt to be the next manager of the team.

Via NY Post: One of the things that stood out about Vogt to Cleveland’s front office was his deep baseball background. He’s lived the game’s highs and lows — making his big-league debut at 27, overcoming a major injury, getting cut and traded, waiting almost 15 months to get his first hit.

Manager Terry Francona was with the team for 11 years and led them to the playoffs in six of those. Unfortunately, the squad was unable to win that coveted World Series this franchise is of course seeking. Regardless, it’s big shoes to fill in Francona’s obviously.

It is reported that the Guardians will introduce Vogt at a press conference on Friday. He is now 39 years old. Hey, every great manger has to start somewhere, right? Why not make it this season with a blossoming Guardians team in Cleveland?

For his actual playing major league career, Vogt had a .239 batting average, 82 home runs, 313 runs batted in and all of this done with 560 total hits. He is well-traveled playing with the Oakland A’s (six years), Arizona D-Backs (two years), Tampa Bay Rays (one year), San Francisco Giants (one year), Arizona/Atlanta (one year together).

Vogt was an all-star in the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the A’s. The man knows how to play the game and especially at the crucial position of catcher.

Clearly, this is a “baseball guy” and the Guardians front office must’ve certainly been impressed with the interviews with Vogt.

This via Yahoo Sports:

Guardians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said the team is comfortable with Vogt despite the fact that he does not have experience as a manager, per MLB.com.

“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.”

Now, it remains to be seen if Cleveland will be able to win that title in the future years and if Vogt is the guy to lead them to it in the coming seasons.

Welcome to Cleveland Mr. Vogt and best of luck to you!

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