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All of Juan Soto's rookie season milestones and accomplishments

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All of Juan Soto's rookie season milestones and accomplishments

Juan Soto made his major league debut with the Nationals on May 20, 2018, and the rest has been, both literally and figuratively, history. The Nats' 19-year old rookie phenom took the baseball world by storm, doing things a player his age had never done before. 

He clubbed long home runs, many of them to the opposite field. He drew walks at a ridiculous rate. He was so good, ignorant announcers questioned his age. In short, he just kept doing "Juan Soto things."

To commemorate his incredible year, which could likely end with him being named NL Rookie of the Year, we've compiled a list of everything Soto accomplished during his first year in the majors. Fair warning: it's a long list.

1. First player born in 1998 to play in the majors (per The Washington Post)

2. Youngest player to homer in Nats history, and first teenager to homer in a MLB game since Bryce Harper in Sept. 2012 (per ESPN)

3. Youngest player to be intentionally walked since Ken Griffey, Jr. in June 1989

4. Also the youngest player since Griffey to homer in a game at Yankee Stadium

5. Most multi-HR games (3) by a teenager in MLB history

6. Most multi-walk games (16) by a teenager in MLB history

7. Youngest player to steal three bases in a single game

8. First teenager to reach base safely in at least 21 straight games since Mickey Mantle in 1951, and only the third teenager to do so since 1920 (per MLB.com)

9. First Nats rookie to win three NL Rookie of the Month awards (per MASN)

10. Highest OBP (.406) and OPS (.923) for a teenager in MLB history, and the only teenager in MLB history with an OBP of .400 or above (per Baseball-Reference.com)

11. Most walks (79) by a teenager in MLB history, only teenager to walk more than 60 times in a season (per Baseball-Reference.com)

12. Tied for second-most HRs by a teenager (22), level with Bryce Harper and trailing only Tony Conigliaro (24) (per Baseball-Reference.com)

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Andy Martino of SNY refutes the reports that the Nats are out on Harper

Andy Martino of SNY refutes the reports that the Nats are out on Harper

Despite Mark Lerner's comments to NBC Sports Washington that the team hasn't been in recent contact with Bryce Harper and has filled out the roster, SNY's Andy Martino says not to give up hope.


"Do not believe that the Nationals are out on Harper," Martino said. "People I talk to around the situation are saying don't rule the Nationals out until the moment that Harper signs elsewhere."


Martino believes that the clearest options may not be what they seem.


"The Phillies of course are pursuing him, but I continue to hear they have a tough road to get Harper to come to Philly," he said. "The Phillies are possible but I don’t know that I would call them frontrunners."

After the news of Manny Machado signing with the Padres, all eyes turn to Bryce Harper and how long this continues to drag out. 

The clock is ticking.

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How to watch NBC Sports Washington's full interview with Nationals owner Mark Lerner

How to watch NBC Sports Washington's full interview with Nationals owner Mark Lerner

When Nationals principal managing owner Mark Lerner  see his team lose, he has a postgame ritual that rivals one of the most ordinary passionate fan.

“ I go into a closet and scream a little after,” Lerner told NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas in an exclusive interview in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Friday. “No, no. That’s one thing that’s good about baseball. You’re going to play the next day. But I go home. I’m totally depressed. I won’t turn on the sports news or anything and get up the next morning, it’s a new day, get up and go after it again today. When I’m sitting down there, I’m very passionate as a fan. I’m yelling at the umpires like everybody else. I want to win. I hate losing exhibition games let alone regular-season games.”

Lerner also spoke about Bryce Harper's future - or lack thereof - with the team, Anthony Rendon and what he expects from the team this season.

The interview is now available in full on the MyTeams app, which can be downloaded here.

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