Ryan Vogelsong

Ryan Vogelsong: 'That's as locked in as I've ever been'


Ryan Vogelsong: 'That's as locked in as I've ever been'

Prior to Game 6 of the 2012 NLCS, Metallica's James Hetfield took the microphone and addressed the crowd at AT&T Park.

"San Francisco -- are you as excited as I am today? Are you ready to kick some Cardinals ass? This is do-or-die for us friends and San Franciscans do not die easy, right?

"We're going to show the world how we do it; how the San Francisco Giants fans do it here. Are you with me? Are you with me? San Francisco -- let's play ball." 

On Thursday morning, Ryan Vogelsong talked about that moment.

"I don't think I throw like that in the first inning if he doesn't say that," Vogelsong said on KNBR 680. "I'm down there warming up and I feel really good. And I know I feel really good. And I'm trying to back myself down in the bullpen because I'm like 'save some bullets.' But I want to get the edge off so that I can throw strikes.

"Well, then at the end of my warmup, he does that. And now I'm just getting ready to fly off the mound. I'm walking down and I look at Rags (pitching coach Dave Righetti) and I'm like, 'I gotta calm myself down.' That's the first time I've ever been on a major league field where I had to tell myself to calm down; back it off, you know?

"That totally set the stage for the night for me. But it just so happened that that's as locked in as I've ever been."

Vogelsong's stat line: 7 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts.

And most importantly -- the win.

On Monday, the Giants announced that Ryan Vogelsong will officially retire as a Giant.

There will be some kind of ceremony before the game this Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

"I got a little bit of the scoop but I'm not gonna be the one to spill the beans," Vogelsong said. "You're gonna have to get that out of somebody else."

Ryan Vogelsong to retire as a Giant


Ryan Vogelsong to retire as a Giant

SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan Vogelsong has been coy in recent months when asked about retirement plans. It turns out he had something bigger planned. 

Vogelsong will officially retire as a Giant this Sunday, the organization announced. The 40-year-old right-hander will take the mound before the afternoon game against the Diamondbacks to end and celebrate a career that began with the Giants on Sept. 2, 2000. 

Vogelsong played 12 years in the big leagues, including seven with the Giants. He returned to the organization in 2011 and became a key contributor and fan favorite on two title teams, making an All-Star team and winning three postseason games. 

“We are so excited to honor Ryan and touched that as one of our home grown players his career will officially end where it all began for him,” general manager Bobby Evans said in a statement. “Ryan’s journey in this game has been marked by highs and lows, successes and challenges, but through it all he has always been a person of great integrity, strong character and a fierce competitor. He is a World Series Champion and a forever Giant.” 

Vogelsong played for the Pirates last season and tried to catch on with the Twins this spring. He has spent most of the year at home in the Atlanta area, and he watched the Giants when they visited the new Braves stadium earlier this season. It has long been assumed that Vogelsong would take on some role with the organization upon his retirement. This could represent the start of that second journey. 

Ryan Vogelsong asks for, granted release by Twins

Ryan Vogelsong asks for, granted release by Twins

Editor's Note: The above video is from the Giants' 2012 World Series parade.

Ryan Vogelsong's quest to make the Twins' Opening Day rotation has come to an end.

And it's by his own volition.

The former Giants All-Star asked to be released on Tuesday, and Minnesota granted his request.

Twins manager Paul Molitor made the announcement to the media after Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.

"We talked with Ryan this morning and it was one of those hard conversations to have. I can't say enough about what he brought to the camp. I've had multiple players come in here and tell me about how guys like him and [Matt] Belisle made their camp," Molitor said via MLB.com.

The 39-year-old Vogelsong made five appearances for the Twins this spring, but did not have much success. In 8.2 innings, he allowed 12 hits, seven earned runs and walked five.

"We felt like we had a few people in front of him in terms of that rotation situation. Out of respect to him, we wanted to give him time to see what else is out there with other clubs in terms of opportunities," Molitor said.