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Guess how many times Juan Soto has watched his World Series homer

Guess how many times Juan Soto has watched his World Series homer

With Spring Training right around the corner, Nationals players are switching out of their offseason routines and getting back into the swing of things (pun intended). 

For Juan Soto, part of his offseason routine was watching film from the World Series... well, one pitch in particular. 

At the Washington Auto Show earlier this month, Soto spoke to NBC Sports Washington about the homer he hit against Gerrit Cole in Game 1 of the World Series. 

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How many times has he watched that home run back? "A lot of times," Soto emphasized. "A lot of times."

The 22-year-old had an amazing season but only Washington's hitting coach, Kevin Long, could have predicted him hitting the ball all the way to the train tracks of Minute Maid Park.

"When you hit the ball like that... against a pitcher like this it feels really good." Good news for Soto, he has a chance to recreate the magic and rewatch more home runs when the Nationals and Astros face off for the first time on Feb. 22 in West Palm Beach. 

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How the Nationals could have had a dream outfield that included Ronald Acuna Jr.

How the Nationals could have had a dream outfield that included Ronald Acuna Jr.

Juan Soto and Victor Robles are two of the better young outfielders in the game, and the Nationals are fortunate enough to have both for the foreseeable future. 

But what if they had Ronald Acuna? 

Nationals Vice President of International Operations Johnny DiPuglia explained on MLB Network Wednesday a story about the prospect that got away from him. 

"This one was really deadly for me," he said. "Ronald Acuna, [I] verbally had an agreement with him. Later in the day, he said he wanted more money and I didn't amp up.

"So I could've had Ronald Acuna, Juan Soto and Victor Robles."

DiPuglia was just named International Scout of the Year, but if he had been able to secure that outfield for the next decade?

"I wouldn't be on a one-year deal right now," he joked. 

While Nationals fans can rest easy knowing Soto was one of the best players in the World Series championship they won this fall, Acuna is already one of the top players in the game. 

In just his second season in the big leagues with the Braves, he posted a .280/.386/.518 slash line to go along with 41 home runs, 101 RBI and a league-leading 37 stolen bases. 

One question then arises for Nats fans. Would you rather have Soto and Robles, or only Acuna?

The Braves somehow got him to agree to an eight-year, $100 million extension before last season, so the Nationals and the rest of the league will have to wait if they hope to add him as their center fielder. 

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Juan Soto showing off 'Soto Shuffle' shirt

Juan Soto showing off 'Soto Shuffle' shirt

With all the attention on the Winter Meetings and Stephen Strasburg's enormous new contract, Juan Soto seems to be enjoying life as a World Series champion years away from his first free-agent negotiation. 

On his Instagram story, he can be seen wearing a shirt with himself on the front doing his patented 'Soto Shuffle.'

Don't show this to Zack Greinke. 

With Strasburg coming back, that could almost certainly mean Anthony Rendon won't return next season. 

That would make it two straight seasons where the Nationals' biggest bat left in free agency, and two straight seasons where Washington would need Soto to take a step forward at the plate. 

He was able to do it in 2019 to lead the Nationals to their first World Series title, and only time will tell if he can take another leap in 2020. 

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