COVID-19 has affected Major League Baseball in various ways. In the particular case of the Nationals’ star outfielder, Juan Soto, the virus has delayed his start to the season in consecutive seasons.
The dominican Juan Soto has become one of the sensations of the Big leagues thanks to the proven potential and the future that awaits you.
Unfortunately, the last two seasons have been a challenge for the Dominican, who for the second year in a row sees how his season will start with delays due to the COVID-19. Just over 24 hours ago, MLB decided to suspend the first series of the season of Washington Nationals against New York Mets, due to the protocol imposed by the league to follow up on possible infections within the organization of the American capital.
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The measure, obviously, is the correct one, since the main mission of Big leagues at this time it is to preserve the health and well-being of all those involved in the season, which will have more freedoms than the last, but where you still have to be careful to avoid the multiplication of infections. MLB You are trying to avoid repeating situations similar to those that occurred with Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals in 2020, where multiple games had to be suspended due to the spread of infections within these squads.
In the particular case of Soto, He had to wait until August 5, 2020, to make his debut last season, when it began on July 23. This because the medical tests showed that he was infected with COVID-19. This season, that doesn’t seem to be the case, but the team and the league are still being cautious to avoid further setbacks throughout the year.
It is also important to remember that despite missing multiple games per COVID-19, Soto had a spectacular 2020, being like Batting Champion from National League and as the leader of the MLB in on-base percentage (OBP), slugging (SLG), OPS (OBP + SLG) and OPS +, as well as intentional walks (12). This suggests that the delay did not affect the player, not even because he was infected with the virus, which means that in 2021, a new delay should not have major consequences for him.
Delays in the start of the season for the Nationals (and of course, for their rivals the Mets) do not appear to be as dramatic as what happened last season with the Marlins or with the Cardinals, but so far, they are stealing the thrill of being able to see one of the most important young talents of the Big leagues.