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Milestone man Alfonso Soriano homers twice, knocks in six

Aug 13, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

Alfonso Soriano Reuters

A day after homering to collect his 2,000th career hit, Alfonso Soriano homered twice and drove in six runs in the Yankees’ 14-7 win over the Angels on Tuesday, giving him 1,100 career RBI.

Soriano got to 1,100 RBI just six days after reaching 1,100 runs scored. Next up on the list for him is 400 homers; the two tonight leave him just six away.

It’s doubtful that Soriano will ever get into Cooperstown without a ticket, but he has filled up the stat sheet in his 15 major league seasons. Here are all the players with more homers and steals than his 394 and 281, respectively:

Barry Bonds: 764 HR, 514 SB
Willie Mays: 660 HR, 338 SB
Alex Rodriguez: 648 HR, 318 SB
Andre Dawson: 438 HR, 314 SB

Maybe that’s overselling it a bit. But Soriano is one of 22 players in major league history with both 250 homers and 250 steals. He’s one of 15 with 250 homers, 250 steals, 1,100 runs scored and 1,100 RBI. If he gets the 19 steals he needs for 300 — something that seems more likely now that he’s managed 11 this year — he’ll be one of seven players with 300 HR, 300 SB and 2,000 hits, joining Mays, Bonds, A-Rod, Dawson, Steve Finley and Carlos Beltran.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    What we shouldn’t forget here is the jays lost again folks!! And as I predicted that puts them 11 games under and its gonna get a LOT worse before it gets better!! Terrible pitching all the way around from the jays and there is NO HELP on the farm. Well maybe Drabek will pitch for them before the age of 40 but we don’t know yet.. Yanks got a LOT of cash coming off the books this off season and a LOT of trading chips, they will make the right moves and the jays will get used to the cellar of the AL Beast for years to come!!! Yeah I only talk baseball and I only talk facts, where are all those people who said the jays are going somewhere this year? Yep you cant find them aint that right craig? hahhaha

    • theskinsman - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:57 AM

      What we really shouldn’t forget is that the bloated payroll of the hapless yankees is solidly in 4th place,without any real hope of another embarrassing playoff sweep this year. Tell me,Harry, what time is the parade in the canyon of zeros this year?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        1993 skinsman and if you are a redskin fan its been even longer junior

      • theskinsman - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        What time is the parade,harry? 200 million plus payroll…for 4th place. Sweet. The Redskins ,unlike the Yankees are on the upswing.
        But,this is HBT…if you rooted for a professional team,you’d know that.
        All you can hope for is Toronto not catching a hot streak,and leaving the sad sack yanks in the basement where they really belong.

    • nbjays - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      Didn’t you know, harry? The Jays have a plan now to lose to every team that is ahead of the Yankees for the wild card spots, just to keep the Borg out of the postseason. Don’t tell me someone of your obvious baseball knowledge didn’t get THAT memo.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Honestly unlike some people on here and I wont name names I realize its not the Yanks year, I realized that months ago and they don’t belong in the playoffs even though realistically they have a real shot. Nobody makes it every year and in the jays case they never make it any year

    • dickclydesdale - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      If Alfonso Soriano was white the writers would be giving him all the support to get in the hall of fame(Ryne Samdberg).

    • dickclydesdale - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      If Alfonso Soriano was white the writers would be giving him all the support to get in the hall of fame(Ryne Sandberg).

  2. largebill - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    I’m not so sure that Soriano has little Hall of Fame chance. I agree he is far from an automatic selection, but his career isn’t over and he has an interesting collection of counting stats. Also, while he played the majority of his career as an outfielder, he played around 800 games as an infielder and had some of his best seasons as a 2B. If his career ended tomorrow his stats would be better than some in Cooperstown. I don’t know what he has left, but he could improve his case with a couple so-so seasons. While they are quite different type players, Soriano’s HoF case is similar to Beltre. Both have weak cases that could use a couple more seasons stats and both need the current backlog to go away before they hit the ballot.

    • clemente2 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      Hmmm, look up Vada Pinson, who did not smell the Hall. Pinson had less power, but much better bWAR, same OPS+, much better RAR, 700 plus more hits at this time.

      • jarathen - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        On that note, Vada Pinson is one of those heartbreaking cases. You’d love to see him enshrined but also understand how maybe he was just outside.

      • deepstblu - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        Pinson went into a long, slow decline phase at a relatively early age. When I started paying attention to baseball he was one of those guys whose reputation with the media seemed to be out of proportion to his production, and looking at his early stats you can see how he would have earned that.

    • RickyB - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      The one thing that Beltre has over Soriano is a MUCH better glove. Pretty much opposite spectrums for their careers.

  3. Matt B - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Soriano is a very good player but Beltre is the best 3b of his generation, defensively. Add in his very good bat (even in his Seattle days) and he’s a likely first or second ballot guy. Plus he played a game with a ruptured testicle. He’s a “gamer”.

    • clemente2 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      Yes, Beltre’s defense puts him way above Soriano as a player, and his last fours years have been very good to great offensively—if he keeps that up for another 3-4 years, he will open alot of space between him and Soraino just on offense.

  4. yankee172 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Love this guy. So great to have him back. Who can dislike Sori?

    • jerze2387 - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      …stupid a$$ cubs fans

  5. coryfor3 - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    So why wouldn’t he get in other than voters thinking he didn’t live up to a huge contract a team was dumb enough to trip over itself to give him?

  6. coryfor3 - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Finley’s numbers say he is a HOFer too. He just was never considered elite and has certain PED assumptions that would be cast out.

  7. mlblogsbig3bosox - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    If Soriano manages to get 300 steals then he would be one of 5 players to get there along his 400 homers. And I think that if Andre Dawson made it to the Hall of Fame, Soriano has a strong chance to get in as well.

    • jarathen - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      Doubling down on a mistake like Dawson’s bust in Cooperstown does not make it more acecptable.

  8. easywolf - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    Never understood why these Yankee idiots traded him in the first place… He fit the team like a glove

    • jarathen - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      You mean he’s overpaid?

      • southofheaven81 - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Okay, that was funny.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Are you serious? The Yanks traded him for Arod, essentially straight up, with the Rangers paying something like 35% of Arod’s salary. Oh and Soriano magically aged two years in one offseason to boot.

      • badintent - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:52 AM

        gotta be the birther certificate !! ha !

  9. jarathen - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    it’s easy to say that Alfonso Soriano has some purdy counting stats, but if you look at this numbers more closely, you’ll see what most people see on the field – an OPS+ of 113 that suggests he was better than average, but not by all that much. His best OBP EVER was .351, in a year where he eked out 22 more walks than any other season.

    He isn’t terrible and in his prime was certainly a solid player, at times pretty darn good, but ultimately his counting stats are just gilding the lily.

    • clemente2 - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Your sentiment is right, but your cliche is wrong.

      • jarathen - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        It’s a stretch, I know, but I have so few opportunities to jam it in to conversation.

  10. jfk69 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Soriano ..HOF material..LOL
    Arod and Soriano finally united…Oh what could have been…..I am joking.

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