What’s a New York Yankees offseason in recent years without a Luke Voit workout video getting you so jacked up that you’re willing to get back in the gym and pull every muscle in your body after years of sedentary behavior?
Lockout be damned, we have more proof that Voit is a fearsome individual when heavy objects are involved. Remember a few years ago there was the clip of him doing one-handed bench-presses with more weight than a decently strong gym goer could do with two hands? This wasn’t a workout video, but how about the time he blasted a golf ball into orbit?
Good times. But 2021 (unfairly) knocked Voit out of the startling lineup and then got him removed from expected starting first base options for the 2022 season. Did everyone forget this guy was the 2020 home run champ and has been a well above average hitter when healthy?
The Yankees deemphasized Voit in a manner we could’ve never imagined. After trading for Anthony Rizzo as Voit’s injuries limited his playing time, the team refused to play him at DH down the stretch even when the opportunity was available with Giancarlo Stanton logging reps in left field.
What happened? Voit dominated during a stretch in August when Rizzo missed time with a COVID-19 diagnosis, and then he was never really heard from again. Will he be a contributor on this roster next season or will he be wearing another uniform?
Well, we think he’s here to tell us that he should be the Yankees’ starting first baseman and that the team should focus on upgrading elsewhere.
Luke Voit’s latest workout video should grab the Yankees’ attention.
Guys, that’s Voit effortlessly deadlifting 405 pounds, if our calculation is correct (four 45 lbs. plates on each side plus the 45 lbs. bar). Of all the players for the Yankees to lose faith in because of injuries, Voit should be at the bottom of the list.
We’d sure love if he were the starting first baseman on Opening Day, but it’s hard to envision such a scenario after the Yankees seemingly soured the relationship thanks to deadline trade rumors and relegating him to the bench when healthy (even though he was tendered a contract this offseason). That’s why there’s been so much chatter surrounding Matt Olson, Freddie Freeman and Anthony Rizzo.
We won’t know anything about the Yankees’ first base situation until after the lockout, but as of this moment, Voit is penciled in as the starter because he’s the only one on the roster. It’s also be far from the worst-case scenario.
How many more 405-pound deadlifts will convince Brian Cashman that the answer might be right in front of him? If the Yankees aren’t going to spend big after the lockout, then saving money on the first base position would be a shrewd start.