Juan Soto marks the end of the Great Natsby era

Hey! Remember these guys?

Hey! Remember these guys?
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The last time “Esa Muchacha” sounded when Juan Soto was on the court, it happened Monday night when he turned New York Mets ace Max Scherzer’s 95-mph field into a deep midfield moonshot. Soto later won a standing ovation in what would be his home final as a national team, but Scherzer as the pitcher on the other side of that duel was an extra kick in the groin.

since Howie Kendrick The front office oversaw a controlled demolition in the first half of the 7th inning of the 2019 World Series when he hit a go-ahead homer on a right-field foul bar. The downfall of Jay Gatsby was a slow one compared to the torpedoed poverty of the Natsby era. In the three years since the climax of 2019, the clubhouse has been destroyed.

From Ryan Zimmerman to Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Traea Turner, Anthony Rendon, and finally Soto, Washington Nationals’ standouts feel good times will last forever. At the trade deadline on Tuesday, Nationals trade Soto and first baseman Josh Bell to San Diego Padres For a bushel of prospects. As one of the last Nationals in the franchise’s rich 2019 roster, Soto is the connective tissue of continuity that stretches back to their first season in Washington. They seem to have had a future star since the franchise’s origins. There was only one degree of separation between Soto and First Nationals player Ryan Zimmerman, who was promoted to the majors 86 days after being the team’s No. 1 overall pick.

The 2019 season started when Scott Boras brought Harper to the Phillies. After winning the World Series, Rendon accepted a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Angels. Zimmerman will retire in 2021 after 17 years at the club.A year ago, the Nats packed their baseRun runner Trea Turner and Max Scherzer join the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the trade, they gave up Scherzer, who went 92-47 with a 2.80 ERA, won the Cy Youngs’ trio and pitched many no-hitters in seven seasons. The Turner deal is a prelude to Soto’s future. Turner just finished a season in which he won the NL batting championship, batted 28, led the NL in stolen bases for the second time, and is still under team control in a year and a half . Likewise, Soto will be controlled by the Padres for the next three postseasons.

Meanwhile, the Nats’ rich minor league pipeline has dried up. Before the Padres traded, their best prospect in the minors was a right-handed pitcher outside MLB.com’s top 40.trade soto to The priests turned the tap , but the prospect of being crammed into a mega-deal is mixed. Left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore has what it takes to be the most promising gem in the Soto selloff, while Robert Hassell III is No. 21.

Unfortunately, the Lerner family’s pending sale magnifies the uncertain future facing the Nationals. Maybe they’ll bounce back with a billion-dollar owner ready to make a truly competitive bid for their homegrown superstar. Anthony Rendon was too demanding after the 2019 season, but one wonders if the Nats gave up on the Soto-Turner-Sherzer era too soon. Recalibrating for another run is worth the risk.

Technically, Stephen Strasbourg is an active ace in the workforce, but he’s lived in IR long enough to buy a property there rather than rent, and has only cast eight since 2019 First time. Washington squeezed a decade more out of Strasbourg than we thought his mechanics would allow, so it’s not a disappointing earthquake. His persistence through 2019 is a medical miracle.

When the team made him the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, Harper got the Freddie Adu treatment, but with a more satisfying ending. Even after Harper bounced back to the Phillies ahead of the 2019 season, the Nationals were just more reliant on their new junior.

Soto has landed on the cornerstone of the team more subtly than Harper or Strasbourg. Since he’s the youngest rookie in MLB, his promotion to the majors is a footnote. Roberts, two circles bigger than Soto, Considered the best prospect for farm systems.

Harper won six All-Star Games, Rookie of the Year and NL MVP awards at age 23. Soto may be better in the long run. At age 23, his last home run, aside from his home run derby title, is sure he’s just getting started.

Soto is the last talent, and the Nats could be lost in the deep NL East for a while.

They could bounce back next spring like Washington’s iconic cherry blossoms, but for now, Washington’s roots need to be replanted. TonHis era of prosperity is over.

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