Juan Soto not named an NL MVP finalist

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Nationals star Juan Soto was not chosen as one of the three finalists for the National League MVP Award.

The official BBWAA announced Monday night that the finalists for 2020 were Mookie Betts (Dodgers), Freddie Freeman (Braves), and Manny Machado (Padres).

Soto led the NL in batting average (.351) and Major League Baseball in on-base (.490) and slugging percentage (.695). He tied for 14th in home runs (13), despite having fewer plate appearances (196) than all three NL MVP finalists (Freeman: 262, Machado: 254, Betts: 246)

The NL MVP is awarded the best player in the regular season. Soto was the best player during that timespan. All voting is done before the postseason.

Finishing 2020 with 13 homers, 37 RBI and 41 bases on balls, had Soto not missed the first eight games of the season due to what was believed to be a false-positive COVID-19 test, the slugger likely would have been a runaway winner for NL MVP in his age 21 season.

MVP Award winners are set to be announced on Thursday, Nov. 12.