News and Notes: Stephen Vogt Introduced to Cleveland Media and Fans…

Headlines and Highlights: Stephen Vogt’s Introduction to Cleveland Media and Fans

Catch up on the latest news and noteworthy events as of Saturday, November 11, 2023.

The Cleveland Guardians proudly present their new manager, Stephen Vogt! If you didn’t catch the press conference (possibly due to last-minute notifications from the team’s official channels, just 9 minutes before it began), you can view the entire event:

Chris Antonetti’s opening statements at the press conference, outlining their managerial criteria, were noteworthy. Vogt, rumored to be charming and magnetic, lived up to expectations. Kudos to him for openly expressing emotions in public, breaking stereotypes about men concealing their feelings. Well done, Stephen!

Vogt’s Chris Farley reference right from the start won hearts, making him a favorite for many. Check out Terry Pluto’s and Zack Meisel’s summaries, and listen to Meisel and Zuppe analyze the press conference

The Guardians announced the addition of Craig Albernaz, formerly the Giants’ bullpen and catching coach, as the “major league field coordinator,” a role seemingly overseeing the team’s quality control.

While most of Cleveland’s coaching staff is returning, notable changes include departures of Mike Sarbaugh (third base and infield), Mike Barnett (replay), and Rigo Beltran (bullpen).

Demarlo Hale is undecided about returning as the bullpen coach; there’s speculation about potential replacements, possibly John MacDonald and Rob Cerfolio.

Rawlings revealed the Platinum Glove Award Winners at 11:35 pm EST, with Andres Gimenez winning in the American League. Concerns about the Guardians’ struggles in holding runners have surfaced, but optimism surrounds Vogt and Albernaz’s potential impact.

Mike Hattery’s analysis on the Christian Bethancourt signing and its implications for the organization’s catcher framing strategy is worth checking out, as per Everyone Hates Cleveland.

Kyle Manzardo’s standout performance in the Arizona Fall League’s semi-final suggests he’ll be a formidable force for opposing teams. The Guardians’ potential new hitting mantra, “swing hard and hit it far,” was introduced in an exciting clip.

On a different note, Happy Veterans Day to all who served in the U.S. We express our gratitude for your service.

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