Despite virus-related obstacles, baseball reaches postseason


Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto (22) reacts at first after his single during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Washington. Also seen is Nationals first base coach Bob Henley at right. The Nationals won 15-5. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The 2020 baseball season began with Juan Soto testing positive for COVID-19. Now he’s a 21-year-old batting champion.

Perhaps it was fitting. Soto finished atop the National League with a .351 average Sunday, becoming the youngest person to win the batting title in the NL.

The Washington outfielder outlasted Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman, who hit .341. Freeman went through his own ordeal with the coronavirus before the season.

The fact that he and Soto accomplished this much was emblematic of a regular season that felt chaotic and uncertain at times — but ultimately reached the finish line.

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