Juan Soto is your 2022 HR Derby winner

Juan Soto fell to a knee, tossed his bat “sky excessive” because the announcer famous, and began to have a good time the ultimate dwelling run wanted to say the 2022 MLB HR Derby, beating 21-year-old Seattle Mariners’ phenom Julio Rodríguez within the finals after eliminating the Cleveland Guardians’ José Ramírez and the St. Louis Cardinals’ future Corridor of Famer Albert Pujols within the first two rounds. His ideas when he’d hit the successful dwelling run?

“I used to be in search of energy to flip my bat as a result of I had no energy in any respect,” Soto joked. “However then once I noticed the ball lands and goes, it simply feels superb. I noticed the scoreboard change and present you the champion. It simply really feel superb once I noticed that.”

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The win comes after a tumultuous few days for the Washington Nationals’ 23-year-old proper fielder following studies this previous weekend he’d turned down a 15-year/$440 extension supply from the membership, which is now reportedly contemplating dealing him earlier than the August 2nd commerce deadline, with two and a half years of management left earlier than he’ll attain free company at 26, comply with the 2024 marketing campaign, in the event that they don’t assume an extension goes to get achieved.

Soto fielded questions in D.C. this weekend, homered in his finale plate look of the “first half” on Sunday, then flew to Los Angeles for extra discuss his future throughout his All-Star media availability, earlier than successful the Derby, and getting extra questions on what the long run holds because the deadline nears.

“I’m a lone survivor,” he stated with amusing when requested how he’s dealing with all of it. “I’ve been going via all these items and I’m nonetheless right here standing up and with my chin up, on a regular basis. And that reveals you I can undergo something.”

He continued to deflect the contract and potential commerce questions all through the post-HR Derby presser.

“Like I stated, I simply let my agent do no matter [he] must do,” Soto defined. “All of the conversations that they’ve, they going to have them with him. I’m simply going to be right here to play baseball. I’m simply going to go to Nationals Park and provides my hundred p.c daily.”

Soto completed the primary half of his fifth massive league season with a .250/.405/.497 line, 17 doubles, 20 dwelling runs, 79 walks, and 54 strikeouts in 91 video games and 393 plate appearances, posting a .409/.567/.864 line, two doubles, six dwelling runs, 16 walks, 4 Ks in 15 video games and 60 PAs heading into the break.

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He’s now gained a World Collection, an NL Batting title, made two All-Star Video games, and gained the HR Derby (amongst different notable accomplishments) by the age of 23. What’s subsequent?

“Win one other championship,” Soto stated.

“Why not? I imply, everyone is aware of and everyone needs to win an MVP in the future. However for me, my delight will be win one other championship and get that style once more.”