Yankees Luke Voyt focusing on defense and ‘home-run trot’

TAMPA – After leading the majors into smaller homes in the 2020 season, what can Luke Voyt do for an encore?

“Beat a bunch more,” Voit said Wednesday. “Work on running my house.”

Indeed, the Yankees’ first baseman said his focus this spring would be to continue working on his defense, which he did in the offshin with Carlson Mendoza.

In particular, Voight pointed to the poor metrics that he hit right-handed on the balls.

He has done video work, in addition to practice in the field, in an effort to improve that area.

Manager Aaron Boone said he had expected “an uptick” to protect Wyatt, thanks to the fact that he is no longer dealing with plantar fasciitis that had troubled him a lot for the past season.

“He looks good so far,” Boone said.

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Luke voit
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Sunday is not the first spring training game of the year for the Yankees, it will also be their first game with fans in the stands since last spring.

“Will be huge, ‘” Giancarlo Stanton said. “We all look forward to it.”

The capacity at Stanbrenner Field is usually around 9,600, and with 25 percent allowed, the Yankees expect a capacity of about 2,400.

Because of the epidemic, the Yankees were one of the team that never played in the stadium that allowed any spectators. Fans were allowed for the NLCS and World Series in Texas, but not for the ALDS in San Diego.

“No more fans through the speaker system,” Stanton said of the fake crowd noise that was pumped into stadiums and not particularly popular with players. “We need some live-action fans. This is great for fans, as well. It is good to come back to normal somewhat. We know it’s going to be quiet – not to the usual extent, but certainly better than nothing. “

Voit said he can’t wait. It seems to have been five years since the fan was here. “

Jameson Tillon performed his first live batting practice of the spring at Steinbrenner Field with 2019 Tommy John coming back from surgery.

“He started a little slow, but I really liked how he ended,” Boone said. “As her luggage continued to move forward and it really got crispy. … This was another good move. ”

If healthy, Tillen will be a big part of the rotation, along with Gayleit Cole, Corey Kluber and Jordan Montomery.

In addition to Domingo Jarman, Boone wants to see young pitchers like Devi Garcia and Nick Nelson perform, as well as veterans Zholis Chassin and Ashar Wojcnikowski, especially since he expects the team to be “creative”, in which he Starts going out. Day in april.

“I’m looking forward to how it plays out,” Boone said.

Add Stanton to the list of players not surprised by former Mariners president Kevin Mathers, who resigned after making comments about Seattle manipulation service time to suppress players’ salaries.

“It’s nothing the players didn’t know,” Stanton said. “It gives a perspective of what some people in the front office think of us. There are organizations that see us as numbers or lines on a piece of paper, and that the narrative must change. … It is a business, but you have to throw it in some respect while handling the business. “

Gio Urshela’s return from offshin elbow surgery is still going well, and the third baseman showed some long throws on the previous fields.

Urshela said, “I feel great.”

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