Jerry Dipoto and Scott Servais have kept tight-lipped during the off-season about Daniel Vogelbach’s spot on the Mariners roster.
Last year in Vogelbach’s first full-season he made the All-Star team as the Mariners lone representative. He led the Mariners with 30 home runs but he hit only .208. He also slumped during the second half hitting only nine home runs and batting less than .200.
Daniel Vogelbach is a left-handed hitter who was hit fine against right-handed pitchers but not so good against lefties. There is a good chance he will be platooned at designated hitter starting against right-handers.
The Mariners hope that Vogelbach will be the player he was in the first half of last year. With the trade of Omar Narvaez to the Milwaukee Brewers and Domingo Santana (released by the Mariners), they are going to need his power to score enough runs unless they do so with speed.
Vogelbach is popular, both in the clubhouse and with fans. Most everyone will be rooting for the kind of season he had in the first half of last year. If he has poor spring training or gets off to a slow start the Mariners may release him.
I do hope Daniel Vogelbach has a good spring training and a full season in Seattle. Vogelbach can make 2020 a fun season regardless of how many wins or losses the Mariners have at the end.
We have to be realistic Vogey could be a one year wonder. Whatever happens, we will enjoy the ride however long he is around.
So what happens if Vogey is no longer a member of the Mariners I can see the team splitting up the designated role among several players. This happens it would allow the young players to get additional at-bats.
So Vogey, please have a great spring season so we won’t have to see any other possibilities. We need your home runs and the fans need to see your smile while you run around the bases. There are not many like you. Go M’s.