Known as “Childish Bambino,” Ozhaino Jurdy Jiandro “Ozzie” Albies (b. January 7, 1997) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). As an international free agent, Soto agreed to terms with the Nationals in 2015.
As a rookie in 2018, he was named the NL Rookie of the Year runner-up. In 2019, he played an important role in helping the Nationals win their first World Series. With a.351 hitting average, he won the National League batting title in 2020.
Juan Soto Injury
Even as the Atlanta Braves won their 12th game in a row last night, the Washington Nationals were dealing with their own set of problems.
They are now 17.5 games out of first place, with a record of 23-40, after losing last night by a score of 9-5 to the Braves.
The Nationals’ season hasn’t been without its bumps.
Their star Juan Soto, on the other hand, had a tough night in the dugout last night, when he fell and injured his knee, eventually leaving the game.
The news of Soto’s injury was first reported on Twitter by Nationals journalist Matt Weyrich.
Juan Soto bumped his knee into the corner of the bench in the Nationals’ dugout and it got sore enough for Davey Martinez to pull him, though he called it being cautious. They will see how he feels tomorrow.
— Matt Weyrich (@ByMattWeyrich) June 14, 2022
For the dormant Nationals, Soto is batting just.228 with an OPS of.833, which is a bit of a down year. In comparison to his previous seasons, both marks have dropped dramatically. There aren’t many other options for Washington’s lineup, so pitchers aren’t giving the outstanding batter many opportunities to get on base, which has led to his MLB-high 52 walks.
Nationals Park will be rocking at 7:05 p.m. ET as Washington faces Atlanta. On Monday, Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies suffered a fracture to his left foot and will be out for at least two months, putting them right back into contention in the National League East.
He hit.313/.465/.534 in 2021 with 29 home runs, 95 RBIs, and 111 runs batted in for the Yankees. Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the second-closest player in terms of the percentage of pitches beyond the strike zone he swung at, but he was still 4.0 percentage points ahead of him. There are no other MLB players who have ever led the league in on-base percentage several times before they turn 22. The 145 walks he drew this season were the most in a single season since Barry Bonds’ 232 in 2004.
When Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies placed second with 100 walks, Soto became the sixth player in live-ball era history to lead his league in walks by at least 40. He walked 22.2 percent of the time and intentionally walked 23 times in the major leagues. His 1.56 walk-to-kickoff ratio was the best in the majors. He struck out on 35.0% of the pitches he saw, the lowest proportion among major leaguers.
He was selected to the All-MLB First Team and won the Silver Slugger Award in the outfield for the National League, both distinctions he received for the second consecutive season. Tomás Soto came in second place in the voting for the NL MVP, falling short of eventual winner Bryce Harper. Sixth time in MLB history, Soto finished second in MVP and Rookie of the Year voting at the same time.
During a pre-game ceremony at Nationals Park, Soto (left) was presented with his 2021 Silver Slugger Award.
The Nationals had offered Soto a 13-year, $350 million contract extension prior to the 2021-22 MLB lockout, which would have locked in the then 23-year-old Soto until his 35th season in 2034. It was a generous offer, but Soto turned it down, saying that he and his agent intended to hold off on signing a contract until after the 2024 season and that he “still think[s] of Washington as the location where [he] would like to spend the rest [of his] career.”
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