The New York Yankees’ offense has been plagued with injuries once again, but Luke Voit has proven to give them the spark they need.
After Mark Teixeira retired following the 2016 season, the New York Yankees were tasked to find a replacement that would help them win a championship. After Teixeira struggled with injuries, Brian Cashman was tasked with finding someone who could contribute, which would prove to be quite difficult.
In 2017, the Yankees would use a combination of eight players at first base. Chris Carter signed a one year contract after a successful season in Milwaukee. The season wouldn’t be replicated and he was released on July 10th.
Chase Headley was then moved over to first base after the Yankees traded for Todd Frazier. Due to injuries, there were many players who stepped into that role. The Yankees received several players through trades and one-year signings, but nothing seemed to work.
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Since 2018, the Yankees have trusted Luke Voit with the position and he has proven to be worth the trade. While wearing pinstripes, Voit has a batting average of .281 with 44 home runs and 177 hits. After competing for the starting role, Voit proved that it should be his.
With the offense losing players such as Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu, and possibly Gleyber Torres, the Missouri State product has proved to be the spark the Yankees need. Since August 20th, Voit has hit five home runs in four games. He currently has ten home runs and holds a batting average of .311.
The Yankees have always had promising first basemen that never reached their potential, recently including the likes of Greg Bird and Tyler Austin.
The Yankees traded a promising reliever to get Voit as a backup, but Voit has proven to be more. He has proven that he can lift the Yankees in troubled times, but can he continue to give Yankees fans hope for the rest of the 2020 season and beyond?