Where Is Ryan Vogelsong Now?
Ryan Vogelsong retired in 2017 but is still attached to the game.
On May 23, 2016, a ball thrown by Jordan Lyles, a right-handed pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, struck Vogelsong in the face. He had injuries to the socket of his left eye, including fractures to the bone around the eye. After that, he was placed on the disabled list for 15 days.
On January 10, 2017, the Minnesota Twins and Vogelsong agreed on a minor league deal. It included an invitation to spring training. After struggling to a 7.72 earned run average (ERA) in just eight innings of spring training, he was let go on March 21, 2017.
At a ceremony at AT&T Park in 2018, before the game, the Giants honored Vogelsong by formally retiring his number as a team member.
Since his retirement, Vogelsong has rejoined the Giants to serve as a roaming pitching instructor for the team's younger pitchers. Vogelsong stated that he felt he could be most beneficial with the club's Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels affiliate after understanding their farm system's layout.
He currently devotes approximately one week of each month to working with prospects on the verge of being promoted to the major league club in San Francisco.