The Washington Nationals star has been traded to the San Diego Padres in a blockbuster deal. Meet Juan Soto’s parents, including his dad Juan Soto Sr, who first introduced him to baseball.
MLB trade season is upon us with executives scrambling around before the 6pm trade deadline on August 2 to improve their teams to make a playoffs push.
23-year-old Washington Nationals star Juan Soto is the biggest name on the trade block and, according to reports, a blockbuster deal has gone through.
Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan: “The San Diego Padres are finalizing a deal to acquire superstar outfielder Juan Soto from Washington.”
He adds: “One of the biggest deals in baseball history goes down, and it sends the 23-year-old to SD, where he will team with Fernando Tatis Jr and Manny Machado. First baseman Josh Bell will also be joining the Padres.
Padres acquire one of the best young talents in MLB
Per MLB.com, the Nationals made Soto available after the two sides were unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension, with Soto turning down the team’s 15-year, $440 million offer in July.
“Childish Bambino” made his MLB debut in 2018 and quickly established himself as one of the best hitters in the game. Soto hit .301/.432/.550 (160 OPS+) over his first four seasons.
In 2019, he was a key part of the Nationals’ first World Series championship as they beat the Houston Astros in Game 7. In 2020, Soto won the National League batting title with a .351 average. He also won the Silver Slugger Award in 2020 and 2021 and was an All-Star in 2021 and 2022.
What we know about Juan Soto’s parents
Soto was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on October 25, 1998. Juan Soto’s parents are father Juan Soto Sr and mother Belkis Pacheco. He also has a younger brother, Elian, and an older sister.
Juan Soto was just six months old when his father, a salesman, brought him to his first baseball match, a winter game at Estadio Quisqueya, to watch Tigres del Licey.
The elder Soto played baseball and softball for fun in his spare time. He was a catcher in a Santo Domingo local men’s league. Juan credits his father for introducing him to the game of baseball.
They would hit balls for hours but Juan never got tired. “That’s how everything started,” Soto said.
Juan Soto and his father shared a special moment
In the 2019 NL Wild Card game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Juan Soto and his father shared a touching moment they will never forget.
Following the win, Juan Jose Soto burst on to the field and jumped on the back of his son. The two hugged it out as they celebrated the victory. The elder Soto could be seen wiping away tears, demonstrating how proud he was of his son:
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