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Juan Soto different from the other home run hitters in MLB

Enjoy a new installment of "En la Pelota" by Juan Vené

The most notable thing about the Dominican, Juan Soto, is that he has almost complete control of the strike zone, which is why he makes more contact than most home run hitters.

Now, the boy, 25 years old, and in his seventh Major League season, is hitting 303, with 89 hits in 294 times at bat, 20 home runs.

And it doesn't just go líder in walks received, with 71, but last year he received more bases than everyone in the American League, with 132; and he also went líder in that specialty in 2021, with 145 and in 2022, with 135.

The Yankees have transformed since Soto appears in that lineup; they were, until yesterday, first of the 30 teams in wins versus losses. Now seconds, 54-32, behind Orioles, 53-30. Shohei's Dodgers are 52-32.

Juan Soto is one of the lowest paid big leaguers, with 31 million for this campaign.
But in October he can declare himself a free agent, if the Yankees do not sign him for the 700 million for 10 years that his agent, Scott Boras, aspires to.

Ohtani and his business with the Dodgers have been an enormous cooperation for the work of agent Boras.

Hey! Giants, Rangers and Red Sox have interest in Soto.

Like Soto and Shohei today, there were many comparisons

The advent of the American League in 1901 encouraged comparisons between ballplayers, especially power hitters, as the man who changed the game of ball, George Herman (Babe) Ruth, emerged.

The pitcher known as Babe Ruth, fresh out of the Baltimore orphanage, and after a period in the minor leagues with the Orioles, reached the Majors, via the Boston team, in 1914, at 19 years of age.

In 1901 it had been scandalous that Nap Lajoie of the A's hit 14 home runs. But in 1919, Ruth made himself noticed with 29. And with the Yankees, in 1920, without having to pitch, he shot 54, which then seemed like a dream, so they said it was natural. But then, in 1921, he increased the dose to 59.

It was when the Babe's comparisons with Rogers Hornsby began, who in the National League was crowned with 42 home runs.

And Ruth was later compared to his teammate, Lou Gehrig. Just like later Hank Aaron with Mickey Mantle and Mantle himself with Roger Maris, also Harmon Killebrew with his Twins teammate, Tony Oliva.

They also compared Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire.

Not only is it logical that home run hitters in the Major Leagues tend to be put in front of each other, but it is a very fun activity.

That's why I ask you: Who would you prefer on your team, Juan Soto or Shohei Ohtani, taking into account that you could only choose one of them and assuming that they would charge the same fees?

And it won't be an exaggeration to answer: Choose the one you want... and leave me the one you have left.

When choosing between a star pitcher or a home run hitter

Now, if you were forced to choose between a hitter like José Altuve and a pitcher of the quality of Ranger Suárez, forced to take only one of them and not both, which one would you choose?

Let me tell you: This case may be so difficult that Red Sox executives were once divided when they needed to resolve something similar.

You will answer that it depends on what you need most, according to your roster. But that time in Boston, they required both aspects and that can often happen.

It's hard to predict what a player will do. For example, Edward Gonzaga stated in an extensive report that the best pitchers in 2024 would be Gerrit Cole, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Ian Strider and Zack Wheeler.

But the first three, until the last time I saw the records, were, Ranger Suárez, 10-2, 2.01; Seth Lugo, 10.2, 2.29; and Chis Sale, 10-2, 2,91.

Only 2 teams with 4 winners of 20 games and did not win the SM

Last year there was a 20-game winner, Spencer Strider of the Braves, 20-5, 3.86.
They seem to disappear, like those in their 30s disappeared.

When Denny McLain of the Tigers finished 1968-31, 6 in 1.96, he was seen as an oddball. There haven't been such winners for a while.

If it is now very difficult to find a single pitcher with 20 wins on a Major League roster, in 154 years of this baseball, only two teams have had four winners of 20 games.

For a long time only the White Sox had enjoyed them, since 1920, when Red Faber (23-13); Eddie Cicotte (21-10); Lefty Williams (22.14); and Dickie Kerr (21-9).

However, the American League champions were the Indians.

And in 1971, the Orioles, with Dave McNally (21-5); Pat Dobson (20-8); Mike Cuellar (20-9 and Jim Palmer (20-9) lost the World Series to the Pirates in seven games.

Thanks to the life that has given me so much, even a reader like you.

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