An incredulous Luke Voit is poised to represent the New York Yankees at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland.
Apparently New York Yankees slugger Luke Voit hasn’t looked at the back of his baseball card much lately. If he had, he wouldn’t have been so shocked to learn he leads AL first basemen in All-Star voting by nearly 100,000 tallies.
“Who would have thought?” Voit told the New York Post’s Greg Joyce. “Obviously that’s a dream. Growing up as a little kid, you always want to make the All-Star team.”
With 15 home runs, 41 RBIs, and a .263/.379/.500 slash line to his name, Voit has certainly earned an All-Star nod. Now it’s up to the fans to make that happen.
As of Tuesday, the 28-year-old had a hefty 90,770-vote lead over Minnesota Twins’ first bagger C.J. Cron. If Voit can stay in the top three until Jun. 21, he’ll make it to the second round of voting, which will determine the starter.
The Bombers’ big basher may want to start campaigning now — especially with a potential $1 million payout waiting in MLB’s new-and-improved HR derby.
Voit, who’s making $573,000 in 2019 per Baseball Reference, wouldn’t mind a shot at that cash.
“I’m in. Let’s go,” Voit told Joyce and other reporters when asked about a possible spot in the long-ball competition. “I’d 100 percent do it. Hell, yeah.”
Here’s a quick word of advice to the big fella: Maybe rip off a few tweets about All-Star voting. Your feed full of support for the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup run is touching and all, but it could send the wrong message to the New York fans.
Oh, and keep hitting bombs.