Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 2-for-4 with a walk, two homers, and four RBI in Wednesday night’s 5-4 win over the Yankees. As MLB.com’s Jamal Collier notes, Soto (19 years, 231 days) is the youngest player to have a multi-homer game since the Braves’ Andruw Jones (19 years, 121 days) hit a pair of homers in a 3-2, 13-inning loss against the Reds on August 22, 1996.
Here are videos of Soto’s blasts. The first one was a three-run shot that barely went over the fence in left field at Yankee Stadium, giving the Nationals a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth. The second was a no-doubt solo shot to right-center that broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the seventh.
After Wednesday’s performance, Soto is batting an outstanding .344/.447/.641 with five home runs, 12 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 76 plate appearances.
Former Yankees skipper Joe Girardi has reportedly withdrawn his name for consideration in the Reds’ managerial search, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Per Rosenthal, Girardi was considered the frontrunner for the position, but elected to keep his current gig as an MLB Network analyst for the foreseeable future.
The 54-year-old skipper holds a lifetime 988-794 record in 11 years with the Marlins and Yankees. He cut his teeth on the Marlins’ 2006 season, during which the team skidded to a fourth-place finish in the NL East, then helped the Yankees to 10 consecutive winning records and a World Series title. While Mark Feinsand of MLB.com adds that Girardi “absolutely wants to manage again,” it’s unclear when and with whom he might choose to do so.
Without Girardi, the Reds still have several candidates left in play, not the least of whom is retired MLB third baseman David Bell. Bell previously served as the Reds’ Double-A and Triple-A manager from 2008-2012 and racked up a cumulative 227-332 record during that span. His resume also includes several coaching positions with the Cubs and Cardinals, and most recently, a role as VP of player development for the Giants in 2018. As Rosenthal points out, however, the 46-year-old coach is hardly a lock for a managerial spot with the Reds, as he’s also made a strong impression on the Blue Jays, Rangers, and Giants this fall.