Luke Voit

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Louis Linwood Voit

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Biographical Information[edit]

Luke Voit was a 22nd round pick by the Cardinals in the 2013 amateur draft, out of Missouri State University.

He hit his first career homer for the St. Louis Cardinals on July 3, 2017 as part of a four-RBI day in a 14-6 win over the Miami Marlins. The hometown boy connected off Jarlin Garcia with one on in the 8th inning, after having collected his first career RBI on a ground out in the 1st and his second on a double in the 3rd. He had made his debut a week earlier and was hitting .400 with a pair of doubles through his first 7 games. He continued his hot hitting on July 6th with a homer, a double and 3 RBIs in a 4-3 win over the Marlins. Overall, he hit .246 in 62 games that season, with 4 homers and 18 RBIs.

In 2018, Voit spent most of the first half of the season in the minors, only coming up to St. Louis for 8 games during which he hit .182. With the AAA Memphis Redbirds, he hit .299 in 76 games with 9 homers and 36 RBIs. On July 29th, he was traded to the New York Yankees in return for Giovanny Gallegos and Chasen Shreve, essentially to take over in AAA for Tyler Austin as the potential replacement were the oft-injured Greg Bird to go down again. Austin was himself traded the next day. In the immediate, he was brought up to New York, replacing the injured Aaron Judge on the roster. And just as suddenly, he became one of the team's hottest hitters with 7 homers and a .307 average, good for an OPS+ of 168, over his first 20 games. On September 19th, he had his best game yet when he went 4-for-4 with 2 homers and scored 4 runs in leading the Yankees to a 10-1 win over the Boston Red Sox. The following day, he hit another homer against the Red Sox. That allowed him to help set two records: the Yankees became the first team in major league history to have twelve different players hit 10 or more homers, and as it was the 246th of the season for the Bronx Bombers, breaking the team record set in 2012. he finished at .333 with 14 homers and 33 homers in 39 games, and as a result Bird was left off the Yankees' roster for the Wild Card Game, while Voit started and batted fifth. He added to his growing legend by hitting a two-run triple off Oakland A's ace reliever Blake Treinen in the 6th, a ball that missed the seats at New Yankee Stadium by just a couple of inches. That blow increased New York's lead to 5-0, in effect putting the game away, especially after he came in to score a sixth run on a sacrifice fly immediately afterwards. he then went 3 for 13 with 2 RBIs as the Yankees bowed to the Boston Red Sox in four games during the Division Series.

Voit faced a battle with Bird in spring training in 2019, as the Yankees planned to only carry one of the two first basemen on their roster given the two sluggers's lack of positional flexibility. However, both hit well in camp and an injury to CF Aaron Hicks opened up the DH slot for the start of the season, with DH Giancarlo Stanton shifting over to the outfield, so both players started the season in the Bronx. Voit started off where he had left off the previous season as he hit a three-run 1st-inning homer on Opening Day, March 28th, propelling New York to a 7-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. He also managed to keep an on-base streak of 42 games, including 31 since the start of the season, before being stopped on May 4th. He hit 8 homers in March/April, and another 6 in May, before slowing down in June with just 3, although he still hit .333 that month. He was at .280 with 17 homers and 50 RBIs at the end of June and was one of the major reasons the Yankees had managed to overcome a steady stream of injuries to build a sizable lead in first place. He was not named to the All-Star team, however, with Jose Abreu getting the nod over him as a substitute at first base for the American League and on July 2nd he was placed on the injured list with an abdominal strain. He was activated on July 13th, but on July 31st returned to the IL with a sports hernia.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Paul Caldera: "Five points on Luke Voit, the Yankees' new slugger in the spotlight", North Jersey Record, September 5, 2018. [1]
  • Matt Kelly: "It's time to stop doubting Luke Voit: After half a season in the Bronx, Voit has all the looks of a star hitter", mlb.com, May 11, 2019. [2]
  • Bob Nightengale: "A year ago, he was unknown. Today, Luke Voit is the Yankees’ savior", USA Today, May 6, 2019. [3]

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