Alfonso Soriano
Baseball player
Alfonso Soriano
Alfonso Guilleard Soriano is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Chicago Cubs. He previously played for the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, and Washington Nationals. Soriano played primarily as a second baseman for the Yankees and Rangers. He bats right-handed, and has batted as a leadoff hitter for most of his career.
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Former Cub Alfonso Soriano sells River North condo for $2.9M
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Former Chicago Cubs left fielder and second baseman Alfonso Soriano has sold his three-bedroom, 3,828-square-foot penthouse condominium unit in River North for $2.905 million.     
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Nova Shuts Out Giants
Bronx News - over 3 years
By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 22- On Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, Ivan Nova pitched a six hit, complete game shutout against the San Francisco Giants. Earlier this summer, Nova hurled two complete games, both against Baltimore. His previous shutout, a three-hit masterpiece, was hurled on August 31. In his latest outing, Nova did not permit more than one man to reach base in any one inning. He threw more strikes, 73, than in any game he pitched this season. His command of the strike zone, which limited his pitch count to 108, was a major reason he could complete the game. Both managers found much to admire in his performance. Giants skipper Bruce Bochy praised Nova with the following words, “Their guy [Nova] did pitch well, he’s been throwing the ball well and he did again today. He’s got a good fastball with command of it and a breaking ball.” Joe Girardi was, of course, overjoyed with Nova’s performance, “Outstanding sinker, outstanding curve to ...
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A-Rod Hits Grand Slam to Give Yanks Win Over Giants By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 21- The San Francisco Giants made their first visit to the current Yankee Stadium on Friday night. Their last trip to the Bronx was in 2002 for an inter-league series with the Yankees. When the home ballpark of the Giants was one subway stop away from that of the Yankees on the D line, the two clubs met in the World Series in 1921, 1922, 1923, 1936, 1937, 1951 and 1962. Interestingly, in 1921 and 1922, both teams used the Polo Grounds as their home stadium, so all the World Series contests were played there. On Friday, the Yanks took the lead in the must win contest for them as Alfonso Soriano blasted an 0-2 pitch into the stands in right off starter Tim Lincecum to lead-off the second frame. The home run was his 16th in Yankee pinstripes. He has also knocked in 49 runs in his 51 games as a Yankee. The veteran outfielder has hit 33 homers and driven in 100 runs during the fu ...
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Ex-Cub Soriano selling penthouse
Chicago Times - over 3 years
River North home lists for $2.95 million. Former Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano on Friday listed his three-bedroom, 3,828-square-foot penthouse condominium in River North for $2.95 million.     
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Desperation Wins Out As Soriano Plays Hurt
NYTimes - over 3 years
One day after missing an important game because of his injury, Alfonso Soriano was doing everything he could to get back on the field at Fenway Park.
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Defying odds, Yankees in playoff hunt
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
The day Alex Rodriguez was reinstated from the disabled list - the same day he was suspended for 211 games but was eligible to play because he appealed - the Yankees were in disarray, a dysfunctional outfit with no apparent life. [...] A-Rod was back in uniform, an apparent side show and obvious distraction, his mere appearance drawing a flood of boos at every stop, including Yankee Stadium. The Yankees remain in the wild-card race, challenging a deep field - for now, it's the Rangers, Rays, Orioles, Indians and Royals - for the American League's final two playoff spots. Since A-Rod's return, the Yankees are 22-17 and moved from seven games back in the wild-card standings on Aug. 7 to one entering their weekend series against Boston. All Selig needs is for the Yankees to make the playoffs and for A-Rod's scheduled Sept. 30 arbitration hearing - two days before the AL wild-card playoff - to be postponed. The Yankees can thank Rodriguez, Robinson Cano (103 RBIs), newcomer Alfonso So ...
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Yankees' Soriano scratched with thumb injury
Fox News - over 3 years
New York Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano was scratched from Saturday's starting lineup against Boston because of a thumb injury.Soriano has been the Yankees' top offensive threat since joining the club in a trade with the Cubs back in July
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Soriano homers twice as Yankees down O's
Fox News - over 3 years
Alfonso Soriano's second home run of the night, a tie-breaking two-run shot in the top of the eighth inning, lifted the New York Yankees to a 7-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the second test of a key four-game series from Camden Yards.
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American League Game Capsules
Fox News - over 3 years
Ichiro Suzuki scored on a Brandon Workman wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the New York Yankees a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox to avert a four-game series sweep at the hands of their AL East rivals. Boston had tied the contest at 3-3 when Will Middlebrooks homered off Mariano Rivera (5-2), making an unsuccessful bid at a two-inning save, in the top of the ninth. Suzuki singled off Workman (5-3) with one out in New York's half of the frame, however, and stole second before moving up another base on Vernon Wells' flyout. With Alfonso Soriano at the plate, Workman's offering skipped by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia as Suzuki raced home with the deciding run. Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and Suzuki finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored for the Yankees. Hiroki Kuroda worked six innings for New York, holding a Boston offense that racked up 34 runs in tak ...
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Red Sox Top Yankees 12-8: Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino Lead Boston To Comeback Win (VIDEO)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
NEW YORK — Mike Napoli hit a tying grand slam in the seventh, Shane Victorino had a go-ahead homer one inning later and the Boston Red Sox rallied past the New York Yankees 12-8 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory. Will Middlebrooks homered for the third straight day and Boston erased a five-run deficit in another wild game between these longtime rivals. One night earlier, the Yankees took an 8-7 lead with a six-run seventh – only to lose 9-8 in 10 innings on Victorino's tiebreaking single. New York has lost consecutive games when scoring at least eight runs for the first time since September 1949, according to STATS. The last time it happened with both games at home was 1911 against Cleveland. Napoli also doubled, singled and walked twice in a perfect night at the plate. He scored three times, one night after sparking Boston's ninth-inning comeback with a two-out single off Mariano Rivera. The Red Sox, who began the day with a 6 1/2-game lead in the AL East over Tampa ...
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Red Sox Rally vs. Mariano Rivera, Then Beat Yankees In 10th (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK -- Down to their very last strike, the Boston Red Sox struck back. And denting Mariano Rivera, well, that compounded the New York Yankees' misery. Stephen Drew hit a tying single off the all-time saves leader with two outs in the ninth inning, then Shane Victorino lined a go-ahead single in the 10th that sent the Red Sox past the Yankees 9-8 in a Thursday night thriller. "Just a character win, a team win," Boston manager John Farrell said. The Red Sox rallied in the opener of a four-game series loaded with playoff implications. It felt like a playoff matchup, too, especially after New York erased a 7-2 deficit with six runs in the seventh. There were plenty of pitching changes and pinch-hitters and a key pinch-runner who will certainly remind some Red Sox fans of Dave Roberts' daring dash from the past. Plus, there was an outburst – Joba Chamberlain (2-1) was ejected by first base umpire Joe West, who ruled Victorino checked his swing right before the deciding hit. "It's fr ...
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Yanks' 'Evil Empire' Designation Dwindles With Each Passing Win
Huffington Post - over 3 years
On August 7, the Yankees were leaving Chicago in tatters. They had just been dealt a debilitating sweep at the hands of the AL Central's bottom-feeding White Sox, including a heartbreaking 12th-inning defeat in which Yankee relievers blew not one but two leads in the process. At 57-56 and 7 games back of the second wild card slot, the Bombers weren't just at the periphery of the AL playoff race -- they were beyond it. And, two-weeks-worth of games later, they hadn't even managed to make up much ground. Despite marginally improving their W-L ration to 64-59, they nevertheless remained a daunting 6.5 games back of that final playoff spot on August 20. Now they've erased that deficit to only 2.5 games. What's changed? Well certainly the pitching, for one. Ivan Nova has been nothing short of transcendent in recent weeks, winning the AL Pitcher of the Month after a 4-0, 2.08, 31 K performance through August. Andy Pettitte has emerged in rejuvenated form after battling a prolonged m ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alfonso Soriano
  • 2014
    Age 38
    Soriano announced his retirement on November 4, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He stated: Soriano's 412 career home runs put him in 50th place on the all-time list at the time of his retirement. Soriano led all major league second basemen in errors every year from 2001 to 2005 (19 (tied), 23, 19, 23, and 21). In 2006 he was second in the major leagues of all left fielders in errors, with 11, but led all left fielders with 22 assists, 9 double plays, and a 2.29 range factor. Soriano's paternal family, Guilleard(s), are of Haitian descent. Soriano and his wife Carmen Isis Eusebio have three daughters named Alisis, Angeline, and Alisha, and three sons named Allen, Angel, and Alfonso Jr. On June 23, 2004, Soriano donated US$2.6 million to his home country for children wanting to become professional baseball players.
    Soriano was designated for assignment by the Yankees on July 6, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He was released on July 14. In 67 games, Soriano batted .221 with 6 home runs and 23 RBI.
    With the signings of Carlos Beltrán and Jacoby Ellsbury, Soriano started the 2014 season as the designated hitter and sometimes played at right field.
    More Details Hide Details His playing time became limited as he struggled at the plate.
  • 2013
    Age 37
    Overall in 2013, combined with the two teams, Soriano played 151 total games batting .255 with 34 home runs and 101 RBI.
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    For the rest of the 2013 season with the Yankees, Soriano played 58 games batting .256 with 17 home runs and 50 RBI.
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    On August 13, 2013, Soriano hit two home runs and had a career-high six RBIs.
    More Details Hide Details The next day, he broke his career high set the previous day by driving in seven RBIs. He became one of only three players in the live-ball era to drive in at least six runs in back-to-back games (the other two being Rusty Greer in 1997 and Geoff Jenkins in 2001). He also 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. From August 13 to 16, Soriano batted in 18 runs over four games, tying the Major League record for most RBI in four consecutive games. Soriano also 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. The other players who have recorded 18 RBI in four games are Jim Bottomley (St. Louis Cardinals, July 6–9, 1929), Lou Gehrig (New York Yankees, July 29–31, 1930), Tony Lazzeri (New York Yankees, May 21–24, 1936), Joe DiMaggio (New York Yankees, August 28—September 1, 1939), and Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs, August 8–11, 2002). Soriano was named the AL Player of the Week for August 12–18.
    On August 11, 2013, Soriano recorded his 2,000th career hit, a home run off of Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.
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    On July 26, 2013, the Cubs traded Soriano to the New York Yankees, who will be paying him $5 million prorated for 2013 and $5 million of the $18 million owed to him in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The Cubs received pitcher Corey Black from the Single-A Tampa Yankees.
    Soriano started the 2013 season with the Cubs by playing 93 games with a .254 average, 17 home runs, and 51 RBI.
    More Details Hide Details Soriano's batting average and home run production for the Cubs was especially strong in June and July, making him a hot commodity as the trading deadline approached.
  • 2012
    Age 36
    2012 was Soriano's best year in some time, hitting 32 home runs, his best batting average in years (.262) and his personal best for RBIs (108), which ranked third in the National League.
    More Details Hide Details In the field, he made only one error, which was also Soriano's personal best on the field.
  • 2011
    Age 35
    In 2011, 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 .965.
    More Details Hide Details He batted .244, drove in 88 runs, and hit 26 home runs.
  • 2010
    Age 34
    In 2010, on defense he led major league left fielders in errors, with 7, and had the lowest fielding percentage, at .968.
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    On June 11, 2010, Soriano hit his 300th home run off of Jake Peavy.
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  • 2009
    Age 33
    After a poor season in 2009, Soriano was placed permanently in the 6th spot in the Cubs lineup, where he rebounded nicely, by playing in the most games(147 games) that season for the Cubs.
    More Details Hide Details He also collected 40 doubles, and 79 RBIs.
    In 2009, Soriano led all major league left fielders in errors, with 11, and had the lowest fielding percentage among them (.950).
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    In September 2009, Soriano underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
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    In voting for the 2009 All-Star Game, Soriano was fourth among NL outfielders (2,692,994 votes), trailing Ryan Braun (4,138,559), Raúl Ibáñez (4,053,355), and Carlos Beltrán (2,812,295).
    More Details Hide Details Shortly before the All-Star break, manager Lou Piniella dropped Soriano in the batting order and made it clear that it was not a temporary change. For the first time in his career, Soriano seemed to accept not being a leadoff hitter and actually praised his manager for making the necessary decision, citing the fact that "I'm not doing my job." The batting order change helped Soriano. In the first series after the All-Star break, he hit two go-ahead home runs against the Nationals. On July 27, he hit a walk-off grand slam against the Houston Astros during the 13th inning.
    Soriano had gotten off to a quick start, hitting a solo home run in his first at bat of the 2009 season.
    More Details Hide Details Soriano also hit a game tying solo home run off LaTroy Hawkins in the 8th inning in the second game of the young season. On April 11, Soriano hit a 2-run home run off of Carlos Villanueva in the top of the ninth giving the Cubs a 6 to 5 victory over rival Milwaukee. Comcast Sportsnet awarded Soriano with "Play of the Day." Soriano homered again, the very next day, on the first pitch he saw from Jeff Suppan, his 51st lead-off home run. On April 17 with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Soriano hit a two run home run to give the Cubs an 8–7 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals. However, Soriano only hit .216 in the month of May.
  • 2008
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He watched it, and slowly trotted down to 1st, yet the ball never left the park. He wound up with only a single. Between games, he apologized to his team and promised that it would never happen again.
    On July 7, 2008, Soriano was voted a starter in the 2008 MLB All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details However, due to the injury, he was replaced in the starting lineup by Matt Holliday of the Colorado Rockies. As poor as Alfonso's defense is perceived to be, his arm has been just as much an asset to the Cubs, and he was one of the league's leaders in outfield assists. Soriano also led the team in home runs, despite having played in only 109 games. On August 22, Soriano accomplished one of baseball's rarest feats, as he stole home plate in a loss to his old team, the Washington Nationals. In early September, Soriano helped end the Cubs six-game losing streak by slugging out three home runs with five RBI against the Cincinnati Reds. It marked the third three-home run game of his career. However, as the Cubs went into the playoffs against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Soriano, like nearly everyone else on the team, hit poorly in the NLDS.
    On June 11, 2008, Soriano was hit by a pitch and broke a bone just under the ring finger in his left hand.
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    During the first few weeks of the 2008 season with the Cubs, Soriano struggled.
    More Details Hide Details He was only hitting .190 at the time he was put on the DL with a bad leg. After being activated, Soriano got off to a quick start, raising his average to .280 and increasing his home run total. In a one-week stretch in May, he hit 7 home runs in just 6 games, hitting nearly .500 during that stretch. At the end of May he had 12 home runs and 33 RBIs. However, his defense was extremely poor, and after being placed on the DL early in the season, Soriano was encouraged to stop hopping as he caught fly balls. This seemed to affect his play in the field as he misjudged two balls in St. Louis on May 2, shortly after being activated. After being severely booed by Cub fans who had traveled to St. Louis in that particular game, he homered in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Later that month, he lost a ball in the sun and dropped what would have been the game's final out in the 9th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing Jason Bay to reach safely and eventually costing the Cubs a win.
  • 2007
    Age 31
    Soriano stated he felt healthy enough to return in a few days, but made his actual return on August 28, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Upon his return, Soriano proceeded to have the most productive September in the franchise's history. He hit fourteen home runs, twenty-seven runs batted in, and recorded a .320 batting average within twenty-nine games. Soriano said upon his return from the quad injury that he had also been suffering from wrist injuries and the time off to heal his leg also helped his wrists. The Cubs went on to win the National League Central Division, but were swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Division Series. Soriano finished the season with thirty-three home runs (including eleven lead-off home runs), seventy runs batted in, and a .299 batting average. He led the Cubs in home runs, triples, runs, strikeouts, and Slugging percentage, among all regular starters.
    His efforts merited the National League's Player of the Month title for June. He 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.
    More Details Hide Details Soriano led the Cubs in home runs during their National League Central chase in June and July, during which they erased the Milwaukee Brewers' eight game lead over the division. After losing the tie for first in early August, Soriano tore his right quadriceps during a game against the New York Mets on August 5. The Cubs placed him on the fifteen-day disabled list, and expected him to miss several weeks while recovering from the injury. The Cubs used Matt Murton, who had been recalled from the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, in left field. He began to show signs of improvement around on August 21, when he was seen running and working out with trainers.
  • 2006
    Age 30
    The Nationals hoped to sign him to a long term deal before the season ended but on October 12, 2006 he rejected a $70M deal.
    More Details Hide Details The Chicago Cubs signed Soriano to an eight-year contract worth nearly $136 million. The contract marked the most expensive deal in the Cubs' franchise history and goes through 2014. It contains a no-trade clause, meaning Soriano cannot be traded without his consent. The Cubs' manager, Lou Piniella, assigned Soriano to play center field, but later moved him to left field after he sustained a hamstring injury. He struggled during the first month of the season, during which he posted a .270 batting average, with no home runs. He managed to hit his first home run during the Cubs' first game in May, and gradually increased his batting average throughout the month. Soriano was extremely productive in June. In a game against the Atlanta Braves, Soriano hit three home runs off Lance Cormier. Soriano had accomplished the same feat in his past, coincidentally, also against the Atlanta Braves. Soriano also 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. He hit home runs in three consecutive games, and single-handedly out scored the entire White Sox's offense.
    On September 16, 2006, Soriano stole second base in the first inning to become the fourth player to join the 40–40 club, after José Canseco, Barry Bonds, and Alex Rodriguez.
    More Details Hide Details Six days later he became the first player to reach 40 home runs, 40 stolen bases and 40 doubles in one season. Soriano, making his fifth consecutive All-Star team, became only the third man to start All-Star games for both leagues at two different positions. As the trading deadline of July 31 approached, the Nationals were in a dilemma. On one hand, Soriano had initially expressed his distaste for playing left field, and he was in the last year of his contract, which would grant him free agency at the end of the season. If the Nationals lost Soriano at the end of the season, they would receive a first or second round draft pick from the team that signed him and a "sandwich" pick between the first and second rounds as compensation. Soriano did not want to engage in contract negotiations during the season. On the other hand, as the deadline approached, Soriano expressed his enjoyment with left field, and his strong desire to stay with the team. Both fans and players began to be more vocal in their support to keep Soriano. Manager Frank Robinson praised Soriano's leadership in the clubhouse, and further suggested that Soriano should be considered for MVP of the National League. There were plenty of suitors, including sending Soriano back to the Yankees, and the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers were also interested. In the end, Nationals general manager Jim Bowden felt that what he was offered was not worth trading him.
    On March 20, 2006, Nationals manager Frank Robinson inserted Soriano in the lineup as the left fielder.
    More Details Hide Details Soriano, who since 2001 had played exclusively at second base, refused to take the field, and the Nationals organization threatened him with disqualification, which would have meant forfeiture of his salary, and he would not have received credit for service time in fulfillment of the obligations of his contract. With his contract's service terms officially still unfulfilled, he would then have been ineligible for free agency at season's end. Two days later, Soriano relented and played in left field for the Nationals in their exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Robinson indicated that he considered Soriano's move to left field to be permanent and would not consider moving Soriano back to second base at any point during the season. In his comments following that game, Soriano indicated that he would accept his new position without further argument. As the season got underway, however, Soriano began to enjoy his new position, and by the All-Star break, he led the league in outfield assists and became one of the few players ever to start the All-Star game at two different positions.
    On February 10, 2006, Soriano set a record for the highest salary ever awarded in arbitration, receiving $10 million, even though he lost his request of $12 million.
    More Details Hide Details The previous high had been set in 2001 by Andruw Jones of the Atlanta Braves when he earned $8.2 million. The Nationals offered Soriano a five-year, $50-million extension, but Soriano rejected the offer. Soriano and his agent Diego Bentz instead opted to open contract negotiations during the off-season, so that he would become a free agent.
  • 2005
    Age 29
    On December 7, 2005, Soriano was traded to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Brad Wilkerson, Terrmel Sledge, and minor league pitcher Armando Galarraga.
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    In 2005 he finished sixth in the AL for stolen bases, and third for extra base hits (as well as eighth in strikeouts).
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  • 2004
    Age 28
    On May 8, 2004, Soriano had six hits in nine innings—the first Texas Ranger to do so—in a 16–15, 10-inning victory over the Detroit Tigers.
    More Details Hide Details The game featured an hour-long fifth inning, where Detroit scored eight runs in the top half of the inning to take a ten-run lead over the Rangers, only to see Texas score ten runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game, the largest deficit ever overcome by the Rangers and tying an MLB record for most runs in an inning by two teams. That same year, Soriano was elected to the All-Star Game as the starting second baseman. He hit a three-run home run off Roger Clemens in the first inning and was named the MVP of the game.
    In 2004, the Yankees traded Soriano to the Texas Rangers, along with minor leaguer Joaquin Árias for Alex Rodriguez and cash amounting to $67 million of the $179 million remaining on Rodríguez' contract.
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  • 2003
    Age 27
    In 2003, 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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  • 2002
    Age 26
    Also in 2002, he led the American League with 696 at bats, 209 hits, 92 extra base hits, 41 stolen bases, 128 runs and set a Yankees' team record for most at bats (696) and most strikeouts (157) in a season.
    More Details Hide Details He is one of only six players active as of 2009 who finished a 30-homer season with more homers than walks (39 HR, 23 BB), the others being Ryan Braun (34–29 in 2007), Garret Anderson (35–24 in 2000), Iván Rodríguez (35–24 in 1999), Joe Crede (30–28 in 2006), and José Guillén (31–24 in 2003).
    In 2002, Soriano became the second Yankee in franchise history to record 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season (the first being Bobby Bonds in 1975), then repeated the feat in 2003.
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  • 2001
    Age 25
    He finished in third place for Rookie of the Year honors in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details In the World Series that year, he hit the go-ahead home run off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Curt Schilling in the seventh game, but Arizona won anyway when Luis Gonzalez hit his series-winning single on a cut fastball by closer Mariano Rivera.
  • 1999
    Age 23
    He played in New York for five seasons. His 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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    Soriano was named to the All-Star Futures Game in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He won the game's most valuable player award after hitting two home runs in the contest.
  • 1998
    Age 22
    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 moved over to second base.
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    Since MLB had not agreed to any changes to the agreement, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig declared that MLB would recognize Soriano as a free agent on July 13, 1998, and the Carp backed down.
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  • 1997
    Age 21
    In 1997, he was promoted to the varsity team, and, wearing uniform number 74, he appeared in nine games, batting .118 (2 for 17) with two walks.
    More Details Hide Details Soriano disliked the intense Japanese practice schedule, and the Carp denied him a salary increase from $45,000 to $180,000 per year. Like Hideo Nomo and Hideki Irabu, who had previously left Japan to play in the United States, Soriano hired Don Nomura to help his situation. After first attempting to void Soriano's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) contract by unsuccessfully arguing that the player was legally a minor when he signed it, Nomura advised him, like Nomo, to retire from NPB and pursue a career in MLB. This prompted Carp executives to file an injunction against Soriano, and to send letters to MLB teams demanding that they cease all negotiations with him. After the Nomo case, NPB officials had amended the Working Agreement without consulting any MLB officials in an attempt to prevent the situation from recurring.
  • 1996
    Age 20
    Soriano began his professional baseball career in Japan with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, training at their Carp Academy for Dominican players. Soriano spent 1996 playing in Japan in the minor Western League.
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    Soriano began his professional career with Hiroshima in 1996, but signed with the Yankees as a free agent in 1998 and was assigned to play in minor league baseball.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, he was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the All-Star Futures Game, and made his MLB debut for the Yankees, with whom he would win two American League championships. The Yankees traded Soriano to the Rangers after the 2003 season, and the Rangers traded Soriano to the Nationals after the 2005 season. He signed a contract as a free agent with the Cubs before the 2007 season. The Cubs traded Soriano to the Yankees in 2013, and the Yankees released him in 2014. Soriano was a seven-time MLB All-Star, and won the All-Star Game MVP Award in 2004. He won the Silver Slugger Award four times. He played primarily as a second baseman for the Yankees and Rangers before being converted to an outfielder with the Nationals. Soriano is one of only 54 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.
  • 1976
    Age 0
    Born on January 7, 1976.
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