Tom Glavine has Juan Soto at the 'top of the list' of best players in MLB

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Glavine has Soto at the 'top of the list' of best players in MLB originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

While Juan Soto's MLB career is still rather young, he's quickly earned the praise of many. His talent, work ethic and flair have led to a growing fanbase for the Nationals start.

That list of fans now includes Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine.

Speaking with Topps, Glavine was asked what he thought about the young outfielder, as Soto will be the 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball cover athlete. That honor came as no surprise to Glavine because he sees Soto as one of the best the game has to offer.

“Not surprised, heck of a player. I mean look, when you talk about some of the best players in the game and certainly some of the best young players, he’s at the top of the list, top of the conversation," Glavine said. "Not only as one of the best young players in the game but just one of the best players in the game period.”

Glavine's take is spot on, as Soto has ascended to the top of the league in just three quick seasons. He helped his team win a World Series in 2019 and took home the batting title in 2020. Entering 2021, the sky is the limit for Soto. 

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During his 22 year MLB career, the last thing Hall of Famer Tom Glavine probably wanted to see was a talented hitter step into the batter's box while he was on the mound. Though he was dominant in his own right with two Cy Young awards and 10 All-Star nods, it only made his job tougher.

Soto would most likely fall into that category, should they have played at the same time. Yet now that Glavine is taking in the game as a broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves he can enjoy watching Soto's masterful work at the plate, even if the team he's rooting for isn't.

“I know for me, again, being a broadcaster now and not having to play against these guys, it’s a lot more fun for me to be able to get to see him pretty regularly in the National League East," Glavine said. "I don’t know how much fun it is for the Braves or the Braves pitchers but he’s certainly one of those guys for me when I’m doing games if I’m doing a series with the Nats, he's certainly a guy I’m interested in watching and looking forward to watching.”