The Cleveland Guardians have a new manager in Stephen Vogt.
Not only is he the new manager: he is also a new manager in general, a rookie in the craft.
That does make him hungrier and more energetic, so it’s something that can benefit the roster in what could be a critical season.
Vogt recently took some time to talk about the team, the upcoming season, and how he intends to play.
These are questions that fans have had for a while and they help them get to know him a bit.
“That’s the beauty of a new season. Everybody has the same record right now, and we all feel like we are going to win the World Series,” he said in a recent interview posted by Daryl Ruiter.
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) January 20, 2024
“We are going to continue playing the way the Guardians play: hard. The best way to describe these guys after playing against them is ‘a great baseball team.’ (We want) to do the little things well, we are going to put pressure on you. We got a lot of talent that can win the game, so it all comes down to being a hard worker and having that grit,” he said.
That does sound like the 2022-23 Guardians, at least in theory: a team that does the little things well.
That’s all excellent, and grit and hard work can, indeed, be reflected in the standings.
They do need their hitters to stand up and make a statement, though: they finished last in home runs in 2023 and that lack of power cost them wins.
Vogt will also be responsible for guiding and helping his offense score some runs, with the help of the player development staff, coaches, and assistants.
His discourse is excellent: can he back it up with actual runs?