March 7, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt (21) hits an RBI single in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Vogt Didn't Make Opening Day Roster


The 25 man roster has been released for the Oakland Athletics, and Stephen Vogt didn’t make it. There was speculation of this happening, but that doesn’t make the news any better. After having a tremendous Spring, batting for a .364 average, John Jaso was picked over him.

John Jaso is a great player, his average was .292, but with Vogt having a much better Spring, it only seems right that he would get picked. Vogt was more of an impact, especially with his walk-off hit in game 2 of the ALDS. He deserves it more than Jaso, but management went with Jaso anyways.

We as A’s fans have learned to say “In Beane we trust” or “In Melvin we trust” but these moves are a little hard to understand. A lot of people may argue that it’s because of the platoon and the way they bat against righties and lefties, but even then it would only make the case for Stephen Vogt even stronger. Norris bats extremely well against lefties, he crushes the ball against them. So wouldn’t it make sense to pick the other platoon catcher based off of who hits better against righties?

Let’s take a look. Stephen Vogt hit a whopping .438 against righties, with an OBP of .514. John Jaso? He had a .316 average against righties, and an OBP of .357. So with Vogt doing a lot better offensively, why didn’t they pick him? Maybe it’s the defense.

In 48 games as catcher, John Jaso made 3 errors, had 28 bases stolen on him and caught 4 people stealing. In 44 games started, Stephen Vogt had 1 error, 20 bases stolen on him, and caught 9 people stealing. So Vogt proves to be superior in in his defense as well.

I know we like to say “In Melvin we trust” and the same with Beane, but I don’t know if I trust this decision. One of the reasons given is that they have two left handed first basemen, so they want to balance that out with the catchers being right handed. However, Callaspo is going to get time at first, and he can bat right handed being a switch hitter.

So why Jaso? Why not balance it out elsewhere? Stephen Vogt fought hard all Spring to make it, and they didn’t pick him. He deserves it, and I must admit I’m a little frustrated with this staff for not letting him be on the 25 man roster. No disrespect to Jaso, but Vogt was the better player.

Stephen Vogt deserved to be there on opening night, and I can’t wrap my ahead around why he isn’t. His hard should have paid off. All we can hope is that Vogt didn’t have any hard feelings about it, and is still fond of the organization. If he got angry or upset, however, it is understandable. Let’s hope they bring him up sooner rather than later.

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  • afannaz

    with jaso’s injury history, vogt will probably be here sooner than later anyway. i totally agree…vogt is absolutely the better catcher in every way. he’s worked really hard, improved and produced/contributed, last year and this. he deserves to be there with his team.
    the same goes for michael taylor this spring. they send, what’s his name (that’s terrible i can’t remember, sorry) to texas for gentry and “what’s his name” had a great spring for texas. how did gentry get hurt in the first place anyway? to give up a great young prospect for a good 31 year old backup, just seemed questionable to me. now, of course, my concern is confirmed since gentry is no where to be found with gentry’s injury. i hope this doesn’t come back to bite BB. he’s sure gotten rid of a lot of high level prospects last year and now this year. go hard A’s!