The Cleveland Cavaliers have found a new head coach.
ESPN and other local media reported on July 7 that the Guardians have selected former All-Star catcher Steven Vogt, 39, as their new manager.
The Guardians organization also made the announcement. Vogt will be Cleveland’s 45th manager.
Vogt will remain an active Major League Baseball player until 2022. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 12th round of the 2007 draft and made his big league debut in 2012, playing 10 seasons.
He was a two-time All-Star in 2015 and 2016 and helped the Oakland Athletics reach the postseason in 2013 and 2014.굿모닝토토 도메인
He suffered a career-threatening shoulder injury during a rehab assignment with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2017, but returned to the big leagues in 2019.
He returned to Oakland in 2022, finishing his big league career with 70 games.
After his retirement, he immediately started coaching. He served as the bullpen coach and quality control coach for the Seattle Mariners.
Despite his lack of managerial experience, he is “widely respected around baseball for his knowledge and leadership skills,” according to ESPN.
Vogt will succeed Terry Francona, who retired after leading Cleveland for 11 seasons. His contract is for three years.
Cleveland won 76 games last season and finished third in the American League Central, but the team has a history of making the postseason in five of the last eight seasons since 2016.
Rookie starters like Tanner Bybee, Gavin Williams, and Logan Allen have been prominent this season, and they have a young rotation that includes Shane Bieber, Carl Quantrill, and Triston McKenzie, so they have a lot of potential to rebound.
Cleveland has also reportedly been in contact with Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell, New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza, Los Angeles Dodgers first base coach Clayton McCullough, Chicago Cubs bench coach Andy Green and San Francisco Giants bullpen coach Craig Albornaz.