By Kyle Krajewski
In his time as a Golden Bear from 1996-98, Vogelsong put up numbers that still rank in the KU record books. His 1998 season ERA of 1.41 is first in program history, 2.84 career ERA ranks fifth, 24 career wins ranks fourth, and strikeouts in a season (109) and career (242) both rank fourth.
Vogelsong was drafted in the fifth round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the Giants and made his major league debut with them in 2000. After starting five games during the 2001 season and showing signs of struggle, he was traded to the Pirates where he was eventually cut in 2006.
This lead to Vogelsong playing three seasons in Japanese leagues where he caught the attention of other MLB teams. After a few minor league stints, he eventually made his way back to the Giants on a minor league contract in the 2010-2011 offseason. A few months into the 2011 season, he was called up as a replacement in the majors and exceeded expectations posting a 13-7 record with a 2.71 ERA en route to an All-Star nomination.
His success made him a key piece in the Giants’ 2012 and 2014 playoff rotations and lead to two World Series rings for the KU alum.
In the end, Vogelsong finished his career with a 61-75 record and a 4.48 ERA through 1190 major league innings pitched. These stats don’t include another 37 innings of 2.92 ERA along with a 29-to-16 K/BB ratio and a 7-0 record in Giants postseason starts.
Vogelsong was inducted along with two other key members of the Giants’ 2012 and 2014 World Series teams. Matt Cain and Brian Wilson were both pitchers alongside Vogelsong. Bronze plaques honoring these players and their baseball contributions line the brick wall of AT&T Park along King Street for all Giants fans to enjoy. There are currently 49 other Giants legends who have received the Wall of Fame honor.