Hot Sports Take: Countdown to Spring Training #1

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I was looking forward to this week so much and no, not because of Valentine’s Day but because baseball is back. I guess it does fit though because I am celebrating my love for baseball today. I know you guys have been dying to know who I chose as the Hottest MLB player, so without further ado, here he is:

#1 – Geovany Soto

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Born : January 20, 1983
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 235lbs.
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB Debut: September 23, 2005

I know what you guys are thinking, this countdown was rigged. If you know me, you know how much I love Geo! Listen, even my puppy is named after him, so yeah, of course Geo was going to be #1 because, he’s my favorite. I’ve been following Geo since 2006, through his ups and his downs. I was so proud when he was Rookie of the Year in 2008, sad when he struggled in 2012 and cried when he was traded to the Rangers. Yes…I cried. I’m still bitter that the Cubs traded him and it’s not the same going to games and seeing someone else behind home plate. I did get to meet him before he was traded though, and that will always be with me. (End dramatic writing)

After being the backup catcher last season, he’s back to being a starting backstop in 2014. The Rangers decided to keep Soto this past offseason by giving him a one year contract worth $3.05 million, which was just slightly more than he made in 2013. Geo did have a pretty good year behind the plate for a catcher with a batting line of .245/.328/.466/.794. He had 9 doubles, 9 home runs and 22 RBIs. Soto has proven he is able to call a good game and overall, that is probably the most important aspect of being a catcher, the ability to manage the pitchers and the game. He also has the ability to do the job behind the plate when it comes to fielding and his offensive numbers are decent. I hope that 2014 is an up year for Geo and that much more success comes his way.

Career Statistics: (Through 2013)Geo
Batting Average: .248
Hits: 529
Home Runs: 91
RBIs: 311

Teams:
Chicago Cubs (2005–2012)
Texas Rangers (2012–present)

Career Highlights and Awards:
NL Rookie of the Year (2008)
All-Star (2008)

When I decided to do this Countdown, I wanted to only include active players at the Major League level because it was hard enough to narrow it down as it is, but I wanted to give a shoutout to one of the Cubs top prospects and hottest player I have ever seen, Mr. Kris Bryant. He really has the whole package so I had to include him in this Countdown because have you seen his face?!

So lost in your eyes...
So lost in your eyes…

Well, this was a lot of fun to do and it sure helped pass the time quicker. Thanks to all of you that read it everyday and followed along. Can’t wait for the season to start and begin doing game recaps for all of you. Pitchers and catchers report today, first official Cubs workout of spring tomorrow.  Thanks again for reading and as always, Go Cubs!

-Ivy

 

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