Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt will retire after 10 Major League seasons.
Vogt broke into the Majors at 27 and endured an 0-for-32 hitless streak to start his career.
"It was like a year-and-a-half wait in between my first at-bat and when I got the first hit," he said. "I couldn't believe it had happened. It had been 32 at-bats, and I was in my 33rd at-bat, got a pitch to hit, and fortunately I got my first hit."
After all that, Vogt eventually made two All-Star teams.
"Vogter is one of the most inspiring players I've ever managed," said former Athletics manager Bob Melvin, now the skipper for the San Diego Padres. "What he means to a clubhouse is immeasurable -- two-time All-Star, beloved in Oakland. One of my all-time favorites. Definitely has a future in managing."