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Stephen Vogt homers to snap 0-for-32 hitless streak to begin MLB career

Jun 29, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

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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

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Watch the timing of his front leg on that hit…that was butter. If you can time that front leg perfectly like he did, and simply drag the bat head through the strike zone with some decent bat speed…that ball will be goin’ places.

    Yes, I’m aware it’s a bit more complicated than that, but in this game you often need to simplify things, while avoiding the “paralysis by over-analysis.” A part of you has to worry about what pitch is coming and where…but a larger part of you should be focused on simply putting good swings on good pitches.

  2. kicksave1980 - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    I’m a Cards fan, but it’s good to see a guy like that get his first career hit, and especially have it be a HR, after putting in so much time in the minors. Whether he finishes with 500 or 1 career MLB hit, that’s one he’ll play over in his mind for the rest of his life. Awesome.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      I am with you KS. Nice to see. How can you not be happy for they guy. Seems like a good guy as well (at least that’s my takeaway from this particular interview).

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