Nats Phenom's Moon Shot Is His Second Top-5 Homer This Week


Juan Soto famously established himself as one of the game's best hitters as a teenager -- now he's making a reputation for himself with breathtakingly long home runs.

The Nationals neophyte on Wednesday clubbed a majestic 466-foot moon shot against the Mets at Citi Field, setting a new career high only two days after eclipsing his previous personal mark with a 463-foot shot -- also against the Amazin's in New York.

The tape-measure home run came off Mets starter Robert Gsellman and appeared to clear the seats in the upper deck, landing on a concourse in front of a concession stand.

Only feared Yankees sluggers Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge have recorded longer home runs on the season than the two that the 21-year-old Soto ripped at Citi Field this week, according to the Nationals.

Stanton launched a 483-foot bomb off Nats ace Max Scherzer on Opening Day last month. Judge's 468-foot shot came Aug. 2 in a comeback win against the Red Sox, the second of his two homers in that game.

For good measure, Soto capped his game with a second homer, his third on the series. The huge night lifted his season numbers to a nifty .423/.444/1.000 with four homers and nine RBIs -- all in only 27 plate appearances after his season was delayed due to a false positive on a coronavirus test.

Despite their trouble retiring Soto on Wednesday, the Mets rallied for an 11-6 win. The series finale was set for Thursday.