The one talking point surrounding the Cleveland Guardians this offseason was what they would do at manager.
Having to replace legendary manager Terry Francona is no easy task.
But, the Guardians did not take long to find their next skipper.
Cleveland has hired a former MLB player in Stephen Vogt.
Many people say that catchers make the best managers, and that is what Vogt did for 10 seasons in the major leagues.
Vogt last played in 2022, so he is still familiar with many of the players around the league.
His resume is such that Guardians fans should be happy about the hire.
According to Bally Sports Cleveland, Vogt is a two-time All-Star and World Series champion.
Also, he spent last season as a bullpen/quality control coach with the Seattle Mariners.
It's Vogting Day! 🗳️
— Bally Sports Cleveland (@BallySportsCLE) November 7, 2023
When looking for a new manager, it is important to find someone who can relate with the players.
Vogt should have no problem gaining the respect of the clubhouse and turning this team around.
It should not be difficult for the Guardians to be in AL Central contention next season.
The division is not very good and the team still has a nice core of players in place.
We have seen several first-year managers have significant success right away.
This past season, former player Skip Schumaker took the Marlins to the playoffs in his first year.
With the look of the AL Central landscape, there is no reason to think the Guardians cannot be playing postseason baseball next season as well.