Catcher Stephen Vogt, who got some attention last year for his sendup of a basketball referee, broke out his best impression, Chris Farley, at the end of the A’s team meeting before Wednesday’s first full day of camp.
The impression was Vogt’s take on baseball’s new rules requiring batters to keep one foot in the batter’s box during each at-bat, another MLB effort to speed up time of game.
“It was a good way to wind it up,’’ Vogt said. He and right fielder Josh Reddick, who went over some of the team rules, were the only players to speak during a 30-minute session dominated by manager Bob Melvin and the front office.
“The Chris Farley is definitely my best impersonation,’’ said Vogt, who has a knack for that sort of thing. “I’m going to abide by the rules; I spent enough time in the minor leagues where they have that rule and they enforce it that it’s the kind of at-bat I generally take.
“I don’t think it’s about keeping guys from adjusting their batting gloves or whatever. They just don’t want you doing this …’’
Vogt then simulated a swing, brought his bat down, walked six strides away, simulated adjusting his glove, then slowly walked back.
“I think what MLB is trying to tell us is, `do what you have to do, but do it fast,’’ he said.