By Sam Bush
Juan Soto finished fifth and Trea Turner finished seventh in voting for National League MVP.
The Braves Freddie Freeman won, followed by the Dodgers Mookie Betts, the Pads Manny Machado and the Pads Fernando Tatis finished ahead of Soto.
Soto led the league in a host of offensive categories but didn’t play as much as most of his competitors due to a positive coronavirus test and a sore elbow. Turner put together elite offensive numbers to establish himself as one of the league’s best run producers after several years as an elite leadoff hitter.
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. He received three second-place votes (including one from yours truly), two third-place votes, five fourth-place votes and 10 fifth-place votes, appearing in total on 28 of the 30 submitted ballots.
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