Why Nationals star Juan Soto deserves the NL MVP award
With the hype surrounding the NL MVP race, Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper is a top favourite. However, Washington Nationals slugger Juan Soto deserves more attention for his strong performance in the 2021 season.
Soto is arguably the best slugger in the MLB as the NL batting champ and the winner of the 2020 Silver Slugger award. With his performance so far, Soto has made a legitimate case to be named for the NL MVP award.
He reached the base more times than he made outs in the second half of the season. At just 22 years of age, he is already one of the best hitters in baseball. While Harper is a strong contender for this award, what Soto has done should be commended.
He is still a young player but he already has a winning pedigree. He led the Nats to the 2019 World Series win and he is still growing as their star. Both Harper and Fernando Tatís Jr. are strong candidates but Soto deserves this award more than any other.
Soto has a legit claim for the award
Even if the Nats didn’t make the playoffs, Soto still has a legit claim to the award. As the MLB rules say, there is no clear-cut definition of what Most Valuable means. It is a tight race between Harper, Tatís, and Soto but the Nats star is the one who deserves the nod.
He has proven that he can carry this team on his back for a long while now. He will continue to do so as time goes on because he is only 22. He will still play for close to two decades and Nats fans should be happy that they still have him on the roster.
The Nats front office are looking to re-sign him to a long-term deal where he is projected to earn the biggest contract in MLB history when given. While his team has struggled as of late, Soto knows what it takes to win in the MLB. He already has a World Series under his belt and it will not be long before he reaches that stage again. In the meantime, he should be given the NL MVP award for his efforts this season.
Soto feels he deserves the win
When asked about what it would feel like to win the MVP award, Soto has imagined his career working out for the better. He said, ‘It (would feel) like when you win a medal in the (Summer Games). You see everyone celebrating. You hear the national anthem played and everything that comes with it. That’s beautiful, for our people to win an award and bring it to the Dominican Republic’.
It will be fun to see Soto win the MVP award this early in his career. He is primed for even more in the future but he already deserves it now.
Words: Cholo Martin