Former Braves player emerging as serious managerial candidate

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According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, former Braves catcher Stephen Vogt is emerging as a lead candidate for the Cleveland Guardians managerial position.

Vogt spent ten years in the majors and made two All-Star appearances with the Oakland Athletics in 2015-2016. However, his lone World Series ring came as a member of the Braves in 2021.

Atlanta was in a world of hurt when it came to the catcher position that year. Tyler Flowers opted to retire, and Travis d’Arnaud went down for most of the season after tearing a ligament in his hand. That left the Braves starting the likes of a fresh-faced Willian Contreras, Kevan Smith, Jeff Mathis, and finally Stephen Vogt after he was acquired from the Diamondbacks. Vogt appeared in 26 games for the Braves and didn’t do much offensively, but his veteran presence was a welcomed sight in the clubhouse. Thankfully, Travis d’Arnaud was able to heal up before Atlanta’s eventual World Series run, catching every game during the postseason.

Stephen Vogt wrapped up his career last season by returning to Oakland, where he spent the bulk of his career. As Passan noted above, he coached for the Seattle Mariners this season and is already receiving a lot of interest from teams with managerial openings. It seems like it is just a matter of time before Vogt, who is not even 40 years old, will be leading a major-league club.

Photographer: Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire

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