Juan Soto Aug 9, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Juan Soto (right) watches his home run hit against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres shocked the baseball world with an all-in trade deadline that was headlined by the acquisition of 23-year-old superstar Juan Soto in an enormous, blockbuster trade with the Washington Nationals (the Padres also acquired Josh Bell in the deal). And on Tuesday night, Soto hit his first home run with the Padres.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Soto crushed an offering from the San Francisco Giants’ Alex Cobb well beyond the right-field wall for a game-tying homer. Padres fans at Petco Park went bonkers.

The game is currently in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Soto has also doubled and walked.

The Padres have actually been slumping since acquiring Soto, Bell, Brandon Drury, and Josh Hader. They entered Tuesday night with an MLB-worst five-game losing streak.

Soto’s homer even ended a 26-inning scoreless streak for San Diego.

But the talent should lead to much better results over time, and there’s no doubt that Soto in particular will put up massive numbers.

On the season, Soto has a .253/.414/.497 slash line with 22 homers and a 155 wRC+. He entered Tuesday with an absolutely absurd .291/.428/.537 slash line and 119 home runs in 2,464 plate appearances. Again, we’re talking about a 23-year-old.

Here’s a look at how the baseball world is reacting to Soto’s first dinger as a member of the Padres:


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