Louis Linwood Voit III was born on February 13, 1991, he is an American professional baseball first baseman for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is 6 feet 3 inches tall. He has previously played in MLB for the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals.
Voit played college baseball for the Missouri State Bears and made his MLB debut in 2017 with the Cardinals. He played for them in 2018 before being traded to the Yankees during the season. By 2019, he became the Yankees’ starting first baseman and in 2020, he led MLB in home runs.
On March 27, 2021, it was announced that Voit had torn his meniscus in one of his knees and required surgery. He began the 2021 season on the 10-day injured list.
After a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Voit was activated on May 11, 2021. On June 23, Voit hit his first career walk-off hit, an RBI single that scored Tyler Wade to beat the Kansas City Royals 6–5.
On July 6, Voit had his first career five-hit game, going 5-for-6 with four singles, a double, three RBIs, and scoring a run during a 12–1 win against the Seattle Mariners.
Voit continued to be limited by injuries, leading the Yankees to acquire the first baseman Anthony Rizzo at the 2021 trade deadline. Voit appeared in 68 games during the 2021 season, hitting 11 home runs in 213 at-bats. Days after the Yankees re-signed Rizzo, the Yankees traded Voit to the San Diego Padres for Justin Lange on March 18, 2022.
On April 19, 2022, after he collided with Tommy Pham’s teammate Tyler Stephenson at home plate while unsuccessfully trying to score, Pham criticized him. Pham offered to fight Voit and said: “If Luke wants to settle it, I get down really well. Anything, Muay Thai, whatever. I’ve got a (gym) owner here who will let me use his facility.
Voit got engaged to his then-girlfriend, Victoria Rigman in October 2017, and they married in 2018. The couple welcomed a daughter on May 28, 2021.
Luke Voit signed a 1 year / $5,450,000 contract with the San Diego Padres, including $5,450,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $5,450,000. In 2022, Voit will earn a base salary of $5,450,000, while carrying a total salary of $5,450,000.