New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit has gone on a power surge that has only been topped in team history by the immortal Babe Ruth.
Luke Voit has been a revelation since being acquired by the New York Yankees. Brought in essentially as a warm body during a spate of injuries, Voit has suddenly become one of the more surprising sluggers in the game since putting on the pinstripes. He made an immediate impact in the lineup in 2018, and after a somewhat disappointing 2019 season, is back to his power hitting ways this year.
In fact, Voit has been on a historic pace so far in 2020. His 21 homers in the Yankees first 53 games have been surpassed by just one player – Babe Ruth.
Voit has been a rock for the middle of the Yankees lineup. He had produced a .280/.341/.640 batting line, with 21 homers and 49 RBI in 204 plate appearances. He leads the majors in home runs and ranks in the top five in runs scored, RBI, slugging, and total bases.
He has also been exactly what the Yankees needed this season. While Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge have continued to prove to be less than durable, Voit provided plenty of punch in the lineup, teaming with DJ LeMahieu to keep the lineup going.
Given his production, it is not a surprise that he has entered the AL MVP discussion. Voit has been the leading power source on the Yankees, a team that has roared back into the playoffs. While LaMahieu is likely to be a contender for the MVP himself, Voit will garner some votes of his own.
But Voit has done something that few others can claim. He has placed himself alongside one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history, cementing his place in Yankees history. For at least one year, Voit has placed himself with the mighty Ruth.
Luke Voit is hitting home runs at a prodigious pace for the New York Yankees. It is a clip that has not been seen since the days of the Great Bambino himself.