Here’s a pretty cool moment.
Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt began his major league career hitless over his first 32 at-bats, but he finally got off the schneid last night against the Cardinals. And he did so in pretty exciting fashion, as he ripped a solo homer to right field off right-hander Joe Kelly.
As you’ll see in the video below, Vogt initially received the silent treatment from his teammates before being congratulated.
Vogt, 28, played eight seasons in the minors before going 0-for-25 in his first taste of the majors last season with the Rays. After being called up by the A’s this week, he went hitless in his first seven at-bats before going deep last night. His hitless streak was the longest to begin a career since former Athletics’ slugger Chris Carter went 0-for-33 in 2010. Vic Harris set the all-time record for a non-pitcher back in 1972 by going 0-for-35 to begin his career.
Here’s an interview with Vogt after the game, courtesy of CSNBayArea.com:
Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.
The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.
The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.