All Daniel Vogelbach wants for Christmas is the DH to stay in the NL. Please Santa, pull some strings because Rob Manfred should be on the naughty list this year. Vogelbach will unfortunately never be a candidate for a gold glove at any position on the diamond, but he proved to be a valuable asset to a Brewers offense that didn’t have many in 2020.
It would be a luxury to have him coming off the bench as a pinch hitter during the late stages in a big spot, but he’s proved he can be so much more than that in his stint with the Brewers dating back to his 2019 season in Seattle when he was an All-Star.
Let’s take a look at Vogey’s numbers with the Brewers in 2020. While he only had 67 plate appearances, he was second on the team in batting average (.328) behind Lorenzo Cain (.333) who only played in five games.
So, big deal. The guy barely played for the Brewers and had success. And you’re absolutely right, but that’s the beauty of all of this.
Vogelbach started 2020 in Seattle after a breakout 2019 campaign. With the Mariners, he went 5-64 at the plate for an average of .094 so he was designated for assignment. The Blue Jays were the next team to take a chance on him and his struggles continued. He went 0-4 with a walk and Toronto let him go as well. So him just turning it all around with the Brewers in such a short time makes what he did that much more impressive.
It’s hard to say if the players, owners, and MLB will come to an agreement before the start of the season but the players in the NL are all for it. It opens up 15 more jobs for hitters across the league and realistically it allows for more excitement and runs. The Brewers would be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the universal DH and that is the biggest thing Daniel Vogelbach wants for Christmas.
Stocking stuffers: Matchups with right handed pitchers, a 2021 calendar with just the months of September and October, Milk Chocolate Santas