OAKLAND – Stephen Vogt once again brought his comedic talents to the baseball world, appearing on MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” and running through his repertoire of impersonations.
Vogt dressed up as motivational speaker Matt Foley, Chris Farley’s epic “Saturday Night Live” character from years ago, and had show hosts Chris Rose and Kevin Millar in stitches. Vogt scored with the Matt Foley portrayal in spring training, when he got in character to present Major League Baseball’s 2015 rules changes for his teammates.
On “Intentional Talk,” he also offered up his now-legendary NBA ref impersonation, and imitated Chris Farley imitating A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie.
“He showed his diversity this time,” manager Bob Melvin said Friday afternoon. “It wasn’t the straight ref thing. He did his Chris Farley imitation. We’ve seen it, so we get a little bit spoiled by it. But it seems when looking at it on TV, he took it to a different level.”
Vogt’s wit and humor is well known nationwide by now. But fact is, his national profile is rising for his on-field exploits too. When the first round of All-Star voting results were released Tuesday, Vogt ranked second among American League catchers with 795,848 votes. Kansas City’s Salvador Perez was first at 1,447,753.
Vogt entered Friday’s game against the Yankees ranked third in the AL in OPS (1.008), tied for sixth in RBI (33) and 10th in batting average (.317).
A’s shortstop Marcus Semien ranked third in All-Star voting among AL shortstops at 354,954.