Yankees’ Luke Voit relieved ‘knowing I have a job again’


TAMPA — After three-plus months of ready, the Yankees’ Luke Voit is among the many gamers relieved the MLB lockout is over. 

“It was an excellent feeling getting up immediately and realizing I’ve a job once more,” Voit stated Friday, a day after MLB and the Gamers Affiliation reached a deal on a brand new collective bargaining settlement. 

The conclusion got here solely after the primary work stoppage within the sport in additional than twenty years. As commissioner Rob Manfred famous when he introduced the deal on Thursday, there’s nonetheless work to do to clean issues over after what was a contentious combat. 

“They locked us out and it took some time to get discussions going,” Voit stated of the delay following the Dec. 2 begin of the lockout. “That was irritating on our finish, however we have been able to go at any level.” 

Voit’s concern wasn’t just for his fellow gamers. 

“The followers are every thing on this sport,” Voit stated following a exercise at an area highschool, the place he was joined by teammates DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Decide, in addition to different MLB gamers. 

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“We’re the product on the sector, so we simply wish to be there for them,” Voit stated. “We simply didn’t wish to lose followers and hold pushing this and hold pushing this. They deserve for us to be on the market already. We nonetheless acquired to 162 [games]. That was a standard aim between each events.” 

“Everybody desires to play,” LeMahieu stated. “It’s a enterprise, too.” 

Now, they should get physicals, with a compulsory report date of Sunday earlier than a shortened spring coaching. 

“I had a sense [a deal was close] a couple of instances already, so I didn’t get my hopes up [Thursday] earlier than it was official,” LeMahieu stated. “Now it’s all about figuring every thing out, find out how to get down right here, when to get down right here and when to start out. I’m simply excited to get going once more.” 

And after the mud settled, a number of Yankees did Friday what they’ve finished persistently in current weeks through the MLB lockout: They performed ball, one thing they did for the final month-plus with a purpose to keep in form within the occasion of a deal. 

They’re not alone, which is why LeMahieu doesn’t assume the abbreviated spring coaching — which shall be fewer than 4 weeks quite than the standard six — will have an effect on the sport that a lot. 

DJ LeMahieu
DJ LeMahieu
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“I don’t assume it’ll have that large an affect,” LeMahieu stated. “I believe everybody has been working and is able to get going. I don’t assume any of us sit and watch TV within the offseason. I believe everyone seems to be bodily able to go.” 

Voit stated all of the offseason preparations will not be the identical as the actual factor, which is what he’s wanting ahead to. 

“We attempt to do every thing we will to remain prepared,” Voit stated of taking stay batting observe and floor balls within the discipline. “I wish to get my baseball pants on and step within the batter’s field and have an at-bat.” 

He pointed to the truncated spring coaching 2.0 of 2020, after COVID-19 shut down the game for 3 months as proof gamers could be high-quality by Opening Day on April 7. 

The method started in earnest on Thursday, when workforce officers may contact gamers once more for the primary time for the reason that starting of the work stoppage. 

“The coaches all referred to as [Thursday] night time and it was good to speak to them and get a plan,” Voit stated. “Everybody was in good spirits as a result of we may play baseball once more.”

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