Seattle Mariners’ Daniel Vogelbach (20) celebrates his two-run home run as he approaches home plate in the second inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The shot scored Shed Long Jr. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)

Seattle Mariners’ Daniel Vogelbach (20) celebrates his two-run home run as he approaches home plate in the second inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The shot scored Shed Long Jr. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)

Seattle Mariners designate former All-Star Vogelbach for assignment

The Associated Press

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have designated Daniel Vogelbach for assignment barely a year after he was an All-Star selection.

Vogelbach was hitting .094 with only five base hits and two home runs since the season began. He had yet to play a game in the field this season at first base and was reduced to being a designated hitter.

“Vogey is kind of locked in [to one spot],” manager Scott Servais said. “We tried to play him some at first base last year, not his strength. His strength is in the batter’s box, and hopefully hitting it over the fence, but he doesn’t bring a whole lot other than the bat.”

“When the bat is your big carrying tool, you have to hit,” Servais said. “It’s a do-good league. Where we are at right now, we’re just going to give some of those at-bats and opportunities to some other players.”

A year ago, Vogelbach had a strong first half to the season, hitting 21 home runs and driving in 51 runs before the All-Star break. But the league adjusted after his All-Star Game appearance, and Vogelbach hit just .162 with nine home runs over the final 2½ months of the season.

Servais was unsure if Vogelbach would clear waivers and could revert to Seattle’s alternate training site roster.

Along with the Vogelbach move, the Mariners recalled outfielder Braden Bishop and utility player Sam Haggerty. Seattle also optioned right-hander Art Warren and outrighted right-hander Bryan Shaw to its alternate training site.

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