Juan Soto sets new record previously held by Mickey Mantle as Yankees extend winning streak against Twins

On Tuesday night, Juan Soto of the New York Yankees drew a walk in a game against the Minnesota Twins, making history in Major League Baseball. This win marked the moment when Soto surpassed Yankees legend Mickey Mantle in career walks drawn before turning 26 years old. Soto now holds the record with 669 walks, beating Mantle’s previous record of 668.

Soto, who is currently 25 years old, will not turn 26 until October 25th. He was traded to the Yankees from the San Diego Padres over the winter and has been performing well in his first season with the team. Soto’s elite plate discipline has always been a strength, as he has consistently walked over 100 times in each of his full seasons so far. His current season stats include a batting average of .314, an on-base percentage of .414, and a slugging percentage of .541 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs.

Mantle, a baseball legend with three MVP awards and a Hall of Fame induction in 1974, was previously the record-holder for walks drawn before the age of 26. His career statistics include a 172 OPS+, 536 home runs, 153 stolen bases, and an estimated 110 Wins Above Replacement according to Baseball-Reference. Additionally, the Yankees have been dominant against the Twins in recent matchups, with a record of 118-44 in their last

By Sophia Gonzalez

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