Sean Payton said last week the Saints won’t ask Alvin Kamara to carry more of a load while Mark Ingram is out. Kamara, speaking publicly for the first time since news of Ingram’s four-game suspension broke, said he won’t ask for a bigger role.
The Twins, Rockies and Brewers have a lot in common: All are young, on upward trajectories and coming off more successful seasons than most of us expected last year. All have graduated prospects from previously standout farm systems, and all have at least one young major leaguer (e.g., the Brewers’ Orlando Arcia, the Rockies’ David Dahl and the Twins’ Byron Buxton, among others) who could bloom into an offensive superstar this year.
Which is to say nobody really knows what this year, or this era, will offer any of them. Just look at the Rangers, who were in a similar position last spring and dropped down to 78 wins. These teams’ competitive windows are simultaneously just opening and inherently uncertain. None of these teams needs to win the World Series this year to be successful, but each must look like a team that still could.
Upon returning to the dugout, Soto received a curtain call from the crowd at Nationals Park.
Mens Alexander Radulov Jersey Before getting called up this past weekend, Soto was hitting .362 with 14 homers in 39 minor league games across three levels. Despite those numbers, his promotion was a surprise, given that he had only 31 at-bats above Class A. But after utility man Howie Kendrick tore his Achilles on Saturday, the latest in a rash of injuries that has severely depleted Washington’s outfield options, Soto got the call, making him the youngest player in the majors.
Nationals left fielder Juan Soto hit a three-run homer in the second inning against the Padres on Monday. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
His ascent to the bigs was so sudden that, as of Monday, he didn’t have a name plate at the top of his locker.
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That wasn’t the only thing that stood out. While taking batting practice before his first start, Soto was the only member of the Nationals wearing a helmet, a choice he made expressly for the purpose of getting accustomed to Dave Keon Authentic Jersey the single-flap ear helmet worn in the majors instead of the dual-flap model he used in the minors. By the time first pitch rolled around, he seemed more than comfortable.