Juan José Soto’s season began with the Dominican at home, taking swings in sync with those he watched from games on television while the Dominican was on the COVID-19 disabled list.
It ended with the youngster winning the National League batting title for 2020.
The 21-year-old outpointed Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman .351 to .341 to become the Nationals’ first batting champion since the franchise moved from Montreal to Washington in 2005. On Sunday, In the Capital’s 15-5 win over the Mets, Soto went 1-1 with a single and a walk at Nationals Park.
Soto became the youngest player in history to win the National League batting title and the fourth youngest in both leagues.
For his part, Freeman went 1-for-4 Sunday against the Red Sox, after starting the day at .343. Soto entered the final day of the season with .346.
Soto’s .351 average is the fourth most for a player in his 21-year-or-younger season since 1900. In that sense, he’s been surpassed only by Alex Rodriguez in 1996 (.358), Lloyd Waner in 1927 (. 355) and Jimmie Foxx in 1929 (.354).
Soto’s .695 slugging is the best for a hitter 21 and younger, over Mel Ott in 1929 (.635), Rodriguez in 1996 (.631) and Eddie Mathews in 1953 (.627).
In 47 games of the 60-game consensus campaign in 2020, Soto had the best numbers in a year since Barry Bonds in 2004 in the following departments: On-base percentage (.490), slugging (.695), OPS (1,185) ) and wRC + (201). (GG). (MB IN SPANISH).