When Stephen Vogt’s three children announced his at-bat in the final game of his Major League Baseball career in the bottom of the second inning on Wednesday at the Oakland Coliseum, there was a standing ovation. On September 22, Vogt, a longtime Oakland Athletics player and former MLB All-Star, stated that he will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2022 campaign.
The Public Address system was used by Vogt’s children, daughter Payton, sons Clark and Bennett, to introduce their father before he faced Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani. The audience then applauded the longtime A’s star as he took the field for one of his final career at-bats.
The recognition was one of many exceptional ones Vogt received towards the end of his career. Prior to the game, Vogt’s kids also threw out the opening pitch. Along with second baseman Tony Kemp, Vogt also won the 2022 Dave Stewart Community Service Award.
Vogt’s final MLB at-bat ended with a home run to finish off his final game of his career:
Vogt had a good MLB career, with his best years coming in Oakland, after being ultimately called up to the Major Leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012 at the age of 27. Vogt was an A’s player from 2013 to 2017, and between 2015 and 2016, he was selected as an All-Star twice, becoming the first player other than a pitcher to do so for the Athletics since Jason Giambi. Before re-signing with Oakland in 2022, Vogt would play for the Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Atlanta Braves, where he would win a World Series in 2021.