Nationals outfielder Juan Soto absolutely crushed a solo home run off of Gerrit Cole in the top of the fourth inning of World Series Game 1 against the Astros. The ball reached the train tracks in left-center field and tied the game at 2-2.
Soto, who is 20 years and 362 days old today, became the fourth player in baseball history to hit a home run in the World Series under the age of 21. He joins Andruw Jones (Braves), Miguel Cabrera (Marlins), and Mickey Mantle (Yankees). Pretty good company.
In 10 postseason games entering Tuesday’s action, Soto was hitting a respectable .237/.326/.421 with a pair of home runs and seven RBI across 43 plate appearances.
Update: Soto continued to do damage against Cole, lacing a double off of the wall in front of the Crawford Boxes to knock in two runs in the fifth inning, padding the Nationals’ lead to 5-2.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.