After several weeks to analyze and interview candidates of all kinds and backgrounds, the Cleveland Guardians finally have their new manager.
Terry Francona made a huge impact over the last decade, but health-related problems forced him out this year and he has retired.
Now, the team just announced his successor.
“We believe in Stephen Vogt. We have hired Stephen Vogt as the 45th manager in franchise history,” they tweeted.
Vogt was an MLB catcher from 2012 to 2022.
In 2023, he was appointed as the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen and quality control coach.
Vogt has long been a fan favorite for his sense of humor and clever personality.
He also has a lot of baseball knowledge and the people skills to pass it along to his players.
Fans reacted to the news via Twitter, and most of them liked the move.
LETS GET IT. pic.twitter.com/X5qIcEEbVN
— Justin (@Whos_giggles) November 6, 2023
— Philly Sports Sufferer (@mccrystal_alex) November 6, 2023
Others, however, are worried that his lack of experience at the highest level will come back to haunt him and the franchise.
He seems like a very cool guy.
Players and media should love his personality.
But I’m not sure what qualified him for this job.
Am I right that he’s had 1 year of MLB coaching experience as a quality control coach?
— Stef Fanski (@Oh__Cleveland) November 6, 2023
Only time will tell if this is the right hire, but the Guardians are going with a young manager who has the look of one who prioritizes his players and uses a modern approach to teaching the game.
For Vogt to have success, it’s important that the team gives him the right tools.
Those tools are, basically, a competent offense, since they already have a potent pitching staff in place.
Now try and give him a lineup that can score more than 4 runs per game.
— Dr. Bob in Twinsburg (@DrBobNTwinsburg) November 6, 2023
Most Guardians fans seem to be happy with Vogt’s hire and are excited for what’s to come in 2024.