If you haven't paid a single unit of attention to the Washington Nationals in the past several months, well, who could blame you? The 2019 World Series champions have the fifth-worst record in baseball, have already been eliminated from the postseason and traded away what felt like their entire active roster in late July.
They did hang on to one star player, though.
His name is Juan Soto.
He is 22 years old.
And he is already cementing his legacy as one of the most—we have to make up a word to adequately convey his greatness at the dish—"unretirable" hitters in baseball history.
In the modern era of the almighty strikeout, it is just about expected that every batter will whiff more often than he walks.
Per FanGraphs, we are nearing the end of a ninth consecutive season in which the league-wide K/BB ratio is north of 2.50. To put that number in historical perspective, the highest such ratio in the entire 20th century was 2.09 in 1968. It was dubbed "The Year of the Pitcher," and Major League Baseball was so appalled by the volume of strikeouts that it both shrank the strike zone and lowered the pitching mound the following year in an effort to restore competitive balance.
Nowadays, it seems like everyone can throw 100 miles per hour, and everyone can hit home runs, so it's go up there, take a few hacks for the fences and try again next time if and when you miss on each of those swings.