The Cleveland Guardians are looking for a new manager after Terry Francona, who had been at the front of the dugout since 2013, stepped aside to take care of his health.
Replacing Tito is obviously not an easy task because the impact he left went beyond his baseball contributions.
The front office is already working and have identified a candidate they like.
Per Jeff Passan, former MLB catcher Stephen Vogt is the primary candidate to become the new manager.
Passan specifically said Vogt “is emerging as a serious candidate for the Cleveland Guardians managerial job,” and that he had previously interviewed for San Francisco’s job.
That specific opening is no longer available because the Giants announced Bob Melvin as their new skipper.
It is looking increasingly likely, however, that Vogt’s future is in Cleveland.
Fans had all kinds of reactions to Passan’s report.
People who have watched and followed baseball are intrigued by the concept of Vogt as an MLB manager.
Ooh…very interesting! He’d make a great manager.
— Leo Saperstein (@saperstein21) October 23, 2023
— Tony Danger (@TonyDanger713) October 23, 2023
He is regarded for his baseball knowledge and people skills around the league.
After retiring in 2022, he became the Seattle Mariners bullpen and quality control coach for the 2023 season.
Some fans, plain and simple, didn’t know how to feel because Vogt has such limited experience as an MLB coach.
As a Guards fan, should I be excited for this or nervous?
— I agree, Go Cavs (@GoatedMobley) October 23, 2023
Others, however, see very good potential in him and are legitimately excited about the prospect of him joining the Guards to be the new skipper.
We ALL believe!
— Zach B. Good (@LTXSLRBF) October 24, 2023
A true baseball man, Vogt’s arrival is still not official, but chances are increasing every day.