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Alfonso Soriano becomes seventh player to amass 1,000 hits in both leagues

May 12, 2014, 9:16 PM EDT

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Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Alfonso Soriano singled to center field off Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon in the bottom of the second inning this evening at Yankee Stadium. In doing so, the 38-year-old reached an interesting benchmark.

The single was Soriano’s 1,000th hit in the American League, making him the seventh player ever to amass 1,000 hits in each league. The other six players in that group are Dave Winfield, Frank Robinson, Vladimir Guerrero, Fred McGriff, Carlos Lee, and Orlando Cabrera.

Soriano has had two stints with the Yankees and one with the Rangers in the American League. He had 1,077 hits in the National League between the Nationals and Cubs.

  1. hojo20 - May 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Nice accomplishment, but still not HOF worthy, just like Craig Biggio.

    • Ben - May 12, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      you’re stupid.

    • dcarroll73 - May 13, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Please, if you’re capable of reading, go look up Biggio’s stats. After you’ve hung your head in shame, come back and apologize to baseball fans everywhere.

    • Reflex - May 13, 2014 at 2:43 AM

      Biggio: 65.1 bWAR
      Soriano: 28.3 bWAR

      Soriano can’t sniff Biggio’s jock strap.

      BTW, are Yankees fans ready to admit that Soriano had a blip for two months last season but was certainly not the answer this year? He’s at -0.3 bWAR so far…

      • Reflex - May 13, 2014 at 2:44 AM

        Before anyone says anything, I like Soriano. But he’s finished and has been finished for five years now aside from two months last year. Average bWAR has been well beneath replacement level since 2009.

      • lazlosother - May 13, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        This Yankee fan never thought he was the answer.

      • genericcommenter - May 13, 2014 at 8:46 AM

        NO Yankees fans ever thought he was the answer. Considering the current lineup, he’s semi-useful at times, but when they got him last year the response was: “Is that really the best you could do?”

      • Reflex - May 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        Several Yankees fans on this very site believed that the team was tremendously improved with Soriano DH’ing this season. I argued all spring that they were relying on a small sample size and ignoring his career trends. We are a month and a half into the season and so far its been just plain bad.

  2. eagles512 - May 13, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    I would have guessed he had more hits in the AL.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - May 13, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Very impressive accomplishment, and he’s in pretty good company on that list!

    • 18thstreet - May 13, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      Soriano has always suffered, since signing the Cubs contract, for being overpaid. But he’s been a productive player for most of his career. And on his one year with the Nationals, he was the ONLY player worth a damn on their everyday roster.

  4. renaado - May 13, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Really hope seein him in the JHOF and the HOF some day.

    • Reflex - May 13, 2014 at 2:53 AM

      He won’t ever get to the HOF. He’s in the “Hall of Pretty Good” and was pretty darn good for his position through his age 31 season. But his decline was very quick, and if it wasn’t for the huge contract he signed that same year with the Cubs he likely would have been out of the game by age 35. Have a look at his page on BRef, in 16 seasons he’s been replacement level or above for his position only 6 times. When he was good he was All-Star level, but there is a lot of mediocre and just plain bad seasons in his career. He has a lot of power and some speed, but nothing else.

      • renaado - May 13, 2014 at 5:16 AM

        Oh I see… Well at least him bein in the HOF in Japan has a real chance of happenin knowin he already passed the requirements of bein a “meikyukai” member there where he achieve that feat last season.

        “Meikyukai”- also known as the “Golden Players Club” and one of 2 Japans Baseball’s hall of fame where it’s usually a public benefit yet a group of renowned Hall of Famers nonetheless, requirements on how to achieve this is to have 2000 hits, 200 wins or 250 saves all over his career. Nationality isn’t regarded as a qualification here knowin Alex Cabrera who is currently playin in Japan (Independent Leagues) has already achieved this with his team the DENA Baystars last season. Soriano though has not that much of a history there in Japan but he did start his first career as professional Baseball there where it truly counts. Also founded in 1978 on July 4th to honor players who were born durin the Showa period (1926-1988).

        The other one is the “Yakyu Taiiku Hakubutsukan” known as the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, where “The Big Egg” Tokyo Dome is its home. (There’s currently a site of this in DailysportsJapan but it’s in Kanji I can’t translate all of em knowin I’m not that good in the Japanese language).

        In Acheala’s eyes, she truly sees him as a HOF not just in Hall of the Greats. Sad to relay this message to her.

      • Reflex - May 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        I had never actually heard of that. Does that mean players who never played in Japan can get that title? Am I understanding you right? That sounds kinda cool if so, a group that has met a certain set of criteria regardless of league or nation.

  5. campcouch - May 13, 2014 at 3:09 AM

    So when do they actually construct a Hall of Fame and not a Hall of Stats?

    • 18thstreet - May 13, 2014 at 7:27 AM

      Well, they let Andre Dawson and Jim Rice and Catfish Hunter into the one in Cooperstown, so it’s probably time to build the Hall of Stats. Soriano won’t belong in either one, so I’m not sure what your point is.

    • dillongeeescapeplan - May 13, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      I don’t see how Soriano would even belong in the “Hall of Stats,” but okay.

  6. largebill - May 13, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    I liked these AL/NL stat splits a lot more before Selig started the stupid interleague pay nonsense.

    Separately, Soriano’s teammate Beltran should be next player to reach 1,000 in each league.

  7. earpaniac - May 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Soriano was a pretty good player for the Cubs. His problem was he wasn’t as good a player as his contract said he should be. And that’s not his fault.

  8. dickclydesdale - May 15, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    The Cubs are paying Fonzy’s salary so anything he does is a bonus!

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