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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto finishes 5th in NL MVP voting; Trea Turner loses a vote to Ryan Tepera + more Nats links

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait to see how many irons Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo has in the fire in this Hot Stove season...

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Yo, Trea Turner was robbed. Of one 10th place vote in the NL MVP race, apparently. It’s a fun story, actually. You can read about it through the tweet/link below. Juan Soto received three second place votes and finished 5th overall in the voting (and first in like every stat there is, but whatever, he’s probably happy with his batting title). Freddie Freeman earned the award. Go read the story of the mistake vote in this link...

Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

2020 MLB Awards: Explaining my NL MVP ballot - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The main question was what to do with Juan Soto. He dominated offensively but played just 47 games. He finished fifth overall."

Soto finishes fifth, Turner is seventh in MVP voting - (MASN)
"Soto received 172 total points in voting among members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (two per NL city), leaving him in fifth place."

Victor Robles heads to winter ball in the Dominican Republic - (WaPost)
“In 2020, his second full season in the league, Robles regressed at the plate and, more surprisingly, on the base paths and in center.”

Status of DH in 2021 looms large for Nationals - (MASN)
"We don’t know yet if the DH will return to the National League in 2021 after a one-year tryout during the recently completed short season."

Cornell watched Harper to help refine swing - (MASN)
"But Cornell said the biggest help to improving his swing and his mechanics in the box came from watching video of former Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper."

The one reason Juan Soto is not an MVP finalist - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Soto will finish with finalist votes. It’s unlikely he will bring in any No. 1 votes from the BBWAA members who have to list their top 10 when voting for MVP."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

The Walkoff Awards - (FOX Sports)
"After roughing up the Yankees 9-2 at home, outfielders Victor Robles, Adam Eaton and Michael A. Taylor met in center to celebrate, and after an initial miscue, the trio quickly hit their air high-fives in sync."

The Trenton Thunder deserve better than the Yankees, don't you agree, Nationals? - (trentonian.com)
"So anyway, I reached out to the Nationals, and got this in return: 'Per MLB, we are not allowed to comment.'"

NL EAST UPDATES:

Braves’ Max Fried 5th in Cy Young voting despite 7-0 record - (AJC.com)
"A perfect record wasn’t good enough for Max Fried."

Mets interviewing ousted Marlins president Michael Hill - (NY Post)
"Michael Hill is the first official known candidate for the Mets’ president of baseball operations vacancy."

Trevor Bauer talks Mets kudos, Gerrit Cole drama after Cy Young win - (NY Post)
"Team president Sandy Alderson said he thought Bauer 'would be a great personality in New York. [He’s] the kind of guy that fans would endorse. We’re in the entertainment business.'"

As NL East rivals improve, 'small-minded' Philadelphia Phillies are adrift - (ESPN)
"The Phillies' fans are starved for the kind of success that is increasingly locked away in long-term memories."