Padres de Juan Soto’s ‘difficult’ experience goes from bad to worse


Juan Soto is struggling in San Diego.

The star outfielder, who was traded from the Nationals to the Padres at the early August deadline, has yet to find his place at home plate. Fans sprinkled boos in the face of disappointment. To make matters worse, Soto was hit in the shoulder by a 91 mph fastball from Diamondbacks pitcher Tommy Henry on Wednesday and had to leave the game. Padres Coach Bob Melvin noted that Soto suffered a bruise, and should be able to return to action on Friday.

“I know they’re almost as frustrated as I am,” Soto told the San Diego Union-Tribune, speaking about the boo birds earlier this week. “So I understand what they’re doing.”

“They are fans,” he said. “They want you to succeed. Now, sometimes it won’t happen all the time, but we just have to take it like a champ and keep going. They want the team to win. I bet they don’t wanna pay [for] a ticket to watch the team lose. So I’m telling you, they’re probably feeling a little rough right now.

Juan Soto has opened up about his “difficult” transition from Nationals to Padres.
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Soto is batting .232 with three home runs and a .771 OPS in 127 plate appearances in San Diego. In contrast, last season he beat .313 with a .999 OPS.

Soto spoke about the growing pressure that comes with playing for a team that’s on the hunt – the Padres aren’t catching the Dodgers in the NL West, but they’re currently leading the Brewers by four games for the final Wild Card spot. — as opposed to a team like the Nationals undergoing a structural rebuild.

“The challenge is just to go from a team that doesn’t care because they know they’re not going anywhere to a team that has a very good chance of winning the World Series. That changes everything.” day to day,” said Soto, who won a World Series with the Nationals in his second season.

Juan Soto slams his bat after a steal against the Diamondbacks on Sept. 5.
Juan Soto slams his bat after a steal against the Diamondbacks on Sept. 5.
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Nevertheless, he expressed his optimism that things will turn around at the right time.

“It’s just been a crazy, wild year,” Soto said. “Really different. It just happens. Lots of new coaches in DC, lots of new players, new styles. Then coming here, you know, I’m not going to blame anything else, I’m just trying my best and things don’t go my way. It was a bit difficult, but I know I’m going to be hot in a very good time.



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