Perhaps people should not be so quick to award the NL Rookie of the Year award to Washington Nationals teenager Juan Soto. Nothing against Soto, hitting a cool .301 with power, but Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. made history Monday by leading off both games of a doubleheader with a home run, the first National Leaguer to ever do so and fourth hitter overall, and he has blasted one over the fence in four consecutive games and six of seven. Acuna is hitting .282 with 17 home runs for a first-place team, and he is earning raves at just the right time.
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