Well, it was... something while it lasted.
When reporters went into the Twins clubhouse during today’s game to speak with starter Kyle Gibson, they noticed the locker that had belonged to veteran pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was empty and the name card removed. Sure enough, after the game, news came out that Vogelsong asked for, and received, his unconditional release.
Some had been speculating that Vogelsong, 39 years old, might win the job as the Twins fifth starter out of spring training, with the idea being that he’d just eat some innings as the younger guys got a little more minor league seasoning. It really wasn’t a bad idea until you look and see Vogelsong had a 7.27 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched this spring. Throw in the fact he’s 39 years old, along with strong performances by other younger contenders like Tyler Duffey and Adalberto Mejia, and yeah, actually, what the hell were we thinking?
The Twins technically didn’t have to grant Vogelsong his release—they had until March 28th to that or add him to the big league roster. Apparently, however, the Twins suddenly snapped out of a couple month haze and realized Vogelsong is 39 frickin’ years old.
According to Mike Berardino, Paul Molitor was very appreciative of Vogelsong’s presence and how much he shared with the younger Twins pitchers, all of whom are not 39 years old.
Vogelsong is going to try and find a job with another team. God speed, Ryan.