The Yankees made baseball history on Thursday night against the rival Red Sox. With New York trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Luke Voit crushed an Eduardo Rodriguez fastball. The blast sailed over the dead center-field wall and into Monument Park. The two-run shot was Voit’s 10th dinger of the year. It put the Bombers back in the game, and immortalized the 2018 squad in baseball lore.
New York now boasts 12 players with double-digit home runs this season, becoming the first team in history to do so. On Tuesday, the Yankees became just the fifth team ever to have 11 players hit 10 plus home runs. The club tied the mark when Neil Walker’s three-run bomb in the seventh inning lifted New York to a come-from-behind victory against Boston.
2018 Yankees with 10 plus home runs
The 2004 Detroit Tigers became the first MLB team to have 11 players produce a double-digit home run tally. The mark was then equaled by the Astros in 2015, Twins in ‘16, and Houston again last season.
Voit has been a Godsend for the Yankees since being acquired from St. Louis in July. His 10 long balls in pinstripes have come in only 97 at-bats across 30 games. Tonight’s blast gave the team 246 on the season, breaking a tie with the 2012 squad for most in franchise history. Voit also hit two bombs last night, which was the 23rd time a Yankees player produced a multi-homer game this season, and one shy of the major-league record shared by the ‘61 Yanks and ‘66 Braves.
Can the Yankees get 13 players to the 10-homer plateau? Andrew McCutchen has four home runs in the bank with 10 games left to play. Stay tuned! In the meantime, let’s watch the history making shot.