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Nationals' Juan Soto to participate in 2021 Home Run Derby

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Ever wanted to see Juan Soto swing with all his might during a batting practice-like atmosphere in the thin air of Colorado and see how far the ball could go? Well, now's your chance.

The Nationals outfielder and 2021 All-Star is taking his sweet lefty swing to the 2021 Home Run Derby at Coors Field on July 12. Soto announced the news on his Twitter on Wednesday.

The Washington Post's Jesse Dougherty reported that Nationals hitting coach Kevin Long will be tasked with throwing the pitches into Soto's power zone. If he misses a spot, maybe Soto will do his famous "Soto Shuffle" to get him back on track. 

Soto joins Shohei Ohtani, Pete Alonso, Trevor Story, Trey Mancini, Salvador Perez, Matt Olson and Joey Gallo in the field. 

The outfielder's commitment to the event is something that will be exciting for Nationals fans and the baseball world in general. One of the brightest stars in the game, Soto will get an opportunity to put his power and personality on display in front of a national audience.

Though Soto has just 10 homers in 2021, there is no reason to think he won't have a shot at bringing home the trophy. Some injuries have hampered his ability to consistently find his power stroke this campaign, but his past work speaks for itself. Soto blasted 22 homers during his rookie season and 34 during the 2019 campaign. Not to mention five during Washington's postseason run and a respectable 13 during the shortened 2020 season.

 

Oh, and even in 2021 where he may not be viewed as one of the top home run hitters in the game, Soto has still been able to rocket balls off scoreboards on one knee. So yeah, he should have no problem launching balls at one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in the game.

Soto already has a World Series and batting title under his belt in the early years of his career, and now he'll be looking to add a new trophy to his case.