Stephen Vogt said he had a great offseason back home in Olympia, Wash., with his wife, Alyssa, and their daughter, Payton. He passed on winter ball to stay home and be Mr. Mom. He continued to teach hitting to some of the youth baseball players in his neighborhood. And he hardly ever thought about not getting a hit in his 25 big league at-bats in 2012.

"It would pop into my mind at times," Vogt said.

It could eat a guy up if he let it, especially since Vogt entered the 2012 season as a career .305 hitter over five minor league seasons.

But in three stints with the Rays as a catcher/outfielder/pinch-hitter, Vogt was hitless in 25 at-bats, the longest hitless streak to begin a career in team history.

The kids at his hitting clinics would tease him: "Man, you couldn't get a hit?"

"Honestly, I'm at peace about it," Vogt said. "I had good at-bats. It's not like I went up there and didn't show well. I didn't get them to fall. I hit every ball you can think of hitting from line drives to bloops to choppers."