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Getting to Know New York Yankees Luke Voit

Name: Louis Linwood Voit

Born: February 13, 1991 (age 27 years) in Wildwood, MO

Height: 6’ 3”

Weight: 225 lbs

Bats: Right-handed

Position: First Base

Education: Lafayette High School

He made his MLB debut in 2017 with the St. Louis Cardinals, and also played for them in 2018 before being traded to the Yankees. Voit was traded from the Cardinals to the Yankees with international bonus pool money in exchange for Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos.

Salary: $545,000

Favorite Player Growing up:

Mark McGwire

Favorite team growing up:

St Louis Cardinals

How hard was it when your favorite team growing up trades you? It’s a business. When I was in the minors, all of our coaches just preached to us there are 30 other teams too. It was cool when I got traded that it was the New York Yankees. I mean, it’s a playoff contender, one of the best records in baseball and to get a chance to help them contend for a playoff run and hopefully a World Series is something. I kind of got stuck in St. Louis, so I’m excited for the opportunity here.

What’s your favorite part about New York so far? So far the subway. I’m starting to get it down. It takes me like an hour to get home. When I was in St. Louis it took 15, 20 minutes to get home. But I don’t know, man, it’s different and it’s a new challenge for me and it’s exciting. And it’s a fun city and I’m excited to venture around, eat some good food. What is there, like 12 million people here, or something like that? So there’s always stuff going on and I’m excited about what I can bring here.

Please give us a scouting report on yourself. I usually hit around .300 every year. I’m not just a big guy that strikes out a lot. I feel like I have a good coverage of the zone andkind of know what my pitches are to hit. I hit the ball to all fields,I have power, I hit a lot of doubles and I can pick it at first base, too.

How nervous are you to be on the New York Yankees? Baseball is baseball. It’s the Yankees, you’re on the big stage, and if you’re struggling, they’re gonna let you know about it. St. Louis is kind of that big baseball town too, so being there, and if you’re not having success, I get in trouble too. But just trying to stay even-keeled and trying to do what I can do.