Luke Voit, the New York Yankees‘ starting first baseman, was the only player in the major leagues that hit more home runs in 2020 than in 2019. This year, he knocked 22 balls out of the park, one more than his output from last campaign. But even though he led all bigleaguers in dingers, he is already thinking about 2021.
Yes, the man that had 22 home runs in 56 games and finished ninth in the American League MVP voting, wants more. The New York Yankees have to be feeling pretty lucky about Voit’s appetite to get even better.
â€œObviously, I want to get better and better every year,â€ Voit said to the YES Network. â€œGuys are still going to try to figure out ways to get me out and I need to be able to make adjustments. It’s a lot of fun when people say you’re the home run king or the home run champ, but 2020’s over with now and I’m just looking forward to having a better year next year.
And the most amazing development is that Voit had that kind of year for the Yankees while being limited with what manager Aaron Boone once hilariously described as “foot stuff:” it was later revealed that the first baseman was dealing with plantar fascitis.
The Yankees’ star got a PRP shot
Since the campaign came to an end (the Yankees lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series) Voit received a PRP shot in his foot, and heâ€™s already back to feeling close to 100 percent.
â€œI’ve got no pain anymore,â€ Voit said. â€œI haven’t had pain since that PRP shot. It’s weird for a week because I was in the walking boot but everything feels great. So I’m glad I got it. I think that was the best case. I’ll get back to running in cleats in about a month or so to make sure I’m not rushed when I come to Spring Training.â€
Voit’s excellent season has his name circulating around the league, but the Yankees will, most likely, retain his services for the future.
â€œIt’s a part of it,â€ Voit said. â€œEveryone’s name is going to get thrown around, everyone’s a GM and everyone wants to talk about baseball somehow. You don’t know what’s going to happen. Obviously, I want to be a Yankee. There’s a lot of Yankee guys who have had their name thrown around, but you don’t know, you just find out if it happens. Everyone tries to be their own GM right now and figure out their own trades, but it will all sort itself out.â€