46 Facts About Alfonso Soriano


Alfonso Guilleard Soriano was born on January 7,1976 and is a Dominican former professional baseball left fielder and second baseman.

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Alfonso Soriano played in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, and Chicago Cubs, and in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

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Alfonso Soriano signed a contract as a free agent with the Cubs before the 2007 season.

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Alfonso Soriano was a seven-time MLB All-Star, and won the All-Star Game MVP Award in 2004.

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Alfonso Soriano played primarily as a second baseman for the Yankees and Rangers before being converted to an outfielder with the Nationals.

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Alfonso Soriano is one of only 56 major league players to hit 400 or more career home runs, and was seventh among active players in home runs at the time of his retirement.

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Alfonso Soriano began his professional baseball career in Japan with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, training at their Carp Academy for Dominican players.

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Alfonso Soriano spent 1996 playing in Japan in the minor Western League.

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Alfonso Soriano signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees in 1998, starting his career as an infielder, first as a third baseman, and then moving over to second base.

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Alfonso Soriano won the game's most valuable player award after hitting two home runs in the contest.

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Alfonso Soriano's first hit in MLB came in 1999 when he hit a game-winning home run against Norm Charlton of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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Alfonso Soriano finished in third place for Rookie of the Year honors in 2001.

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In 2002, Alfonso Soriano became the second Yankee in franchise history to record 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season, then repeated the feat in 2003.

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Alfonso Soriano is one of only six players active as of 2009 who finished a 30-homer season with more homers than walks, the others being Ryan Braun, Garret Anderson, Ivan Rodriguez, Joe Crede, and Jose Guillen.

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In 2003, Alfonso Soriano set the record for most home runs to lead off a game in a season with 13, and for the second straight year, led the league in at bats, and finished in the top five for base hits, doubles, home runs, stolen bases, and strikeouts.

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That same year, Alfonso Soriano was elected to the All-Star Game as the starting second baseman.

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Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run home run off Roger Clemens in the first inning and was named the MVP of the game.

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On December 7,2005, Alfonso Soriano was traded to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Brad Wilkerson, Terrmel Sledge, and minor league pitcher Armando Galarraga.

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On February 10,2006, Alfonso Soriano set a record for the highest salary ever awarded in arbitration, receiving $10 million, even though he lost his request of $12 million.

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Two days later, Alfonso Soriano relented and played in left field for the Nationals in their exhibition game against the St Louis Cardinals.

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Robinson indicated that he considered Alfonso Soriano's move to left field to be permanent and would not consider moving Alfonso Soriano back to second base at any point during the season.

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Alfonso Soriano made his fifth consecutive All-Star team and became only the third man to start All-Star games for both leagues at two different positions.

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Alfonso Soriano was the only one of the four to reach the feat while playing at home.

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Alfonso Soriano did not want to engage in contract negotiations during the season.

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Alfonso Soriano had accomplished the same feat in his past, coincidentally, against the Atlanta Braves.

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Alfonso Soriano played an integral part in the Cubs' offense during the team's annual Cross-town Classic with the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field.

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Alfonso Soriano was later selected as a reserve outfielder in the 2007 MLB All-Star Game, where he hit a two-run home run for the National League in the bottom of the ninth inning.

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Alfonso Soriano stated he felt healthy enough to return in a few days, but made his actual return on August 28,2007.

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Alfonso Soriano said upon his return from the quad injury that he had been suffering from wrist injuries and the time off to heal his leg helped his wrists.

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Alfonso Soriano led the Cubs in home runs, triples, runs, strikeouts, and Slugging percentage, among all regular starters.

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However, his defense was extremely poor, and after being placed on the DL early in the season, Alfonso Soriano was encouraged to stop hopping as he caught fly balls.

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On June 11,2008, Alfonso Soriano was hit by a pitch and broke a bone just under the ring finger in his left hand.

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Alfonso Soriano led the team in home runs, despite having played in only 109 games.

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Alfonso Soriano had an embarrassing moment in a day-night double header on Wednesday, August 13,2008, where he hit a long ball which he thought was a home run.

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Alfonso Soriano watched it, and slowly trotted down to 1st, yet the ball never left the park.

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Alfonso Soriano had gotten off to a quick start, hitting a solo home run in his first at bat of the 2009 season.

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Alfonso Soriano hit a game-tying solo home run off LaTroy Hawkins in the 8th inning in the second game of the young season.

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Alfonso Soriano homered again, the very next day, on the first pitch he saw from Jeff Suppan, his 51st lead-off home run.

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In voting for the 2009 All-Star Game, Alfonso Soriano was fourth among NL outfielders, trailing Ryan Braun, Raul Ibanez, and Carlos Beltran.

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In 2011, Alfonso Soriano had a less than stellar year on defense and led in errors by a left fielder, with 7, and had the lowest fielding percentage, at.

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Alfonso Soriano became one of only three players in the live-ball era to drive in at least six runs in back-to-back games.

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Alfonso Soriano became just one of seven players to record 13 RBI in a two-game span, and fell just two RBI short of the all-time record set by former Yankee Tony Lazzeri.

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Alfonso Soriano recorded 13 hits during this stretch, becoming the only player in MLB history with 18 RBI and at least 12 hits in a four-game stretch.

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Alfonso Soriano's playing time became limited as he struggled at the plate.

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Alfonso Soriano was designated for assignment by the Yankees on July 6,2014.

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Alfonso Soriano led all major league second basemen in errors every year from 2001 to 2005.

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