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JOINING THE NATIONALS In 2005 the Rangers traded (Credit: AP)

JOINING THE NATIONALS
In 2005 the Rangers traded Soriano, who was in the last year of his contract, to the Washington National for Brad Wilkerson, Terrmel Sledge, and Armando Galarraga. Soriano got off to a rough start with his new team as he argued with manager Frank Robinson's decision to play him in left field. |

Get reacquainted with Alfonso Soriano

It has been 10 years since Alfonso Soriano has donned the pinstripes. Here is what he's been up to since then.

START IN JAPAN Soriano, a native of the
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START IN JAPAN
Soriano, a native of the Dominican Republic, began his career as a member of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan’s Central Leage. Soriano played nine games in Japan but left following a dispute with management to become a free agent in the MLB. |

YANKEE DAYS Soriano began his Yankee career career
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YANKEE DAYS
Soriano began his Yankee career career as a utility infielder before settling in at second base. He finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in 2001 and third in AL MVP voting in 2002. Soriano spent 5 years with the Yankees before he was dealt to the Texas Rangers for Alex Rodriguez. |

GAME 7 HEROICS Yankee fans remember Soriano for
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GAME 7 HEROICS
Yankee fans remember Soriano for his home run in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning. The solo-shot seemingly won the game and World Series for the Yankees, until the usually infallible Mariano River blew the save in the ninth. |

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TRADE TO TEXAS After the 2003 season the
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TRADE TO TEXAS
After the 2003 season the Yankees traded Soriano to the Texas Rangers for Alex Rodriguez. The deal also included minor league infielder Joaquin Árias from the Yankees and $67 million from the Rangers to cover some of Rodriguez's contract. |

6-HIT GAME One month after he debuted for
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6-HIT GAME
One month after he debuted for the Texas Ranges, Soriano became the first Ranger to get six hits in game. During a May 8 game against the Detroit Tigers in 2004 Soriano went 6-for-6 with four RBI. It was the 57th 6-hit nine inning game in MLB history. |

ALL-STAR GAME MVP Soriano represented the Rangers in
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ALL-STAR GAME MVP
Soriano represented the Rangers in Houston for the 2004 All-Star Game. Soriano started at second and went 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs and a home run and was awarded the All-Star Game MVP. |

JOINING THE NATIONALS In 2005 the Rangers traded
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JOINING THE NATIONALS
In 2005 the Rangers traded Soriano, who was in the last year of his contract, to the Washington National for Brad Wilkerson, Terrmel Sledge, and Armando Galarraga. Soriano got off to a rough start with his new team as he argued with manager Frank Robinson's decision to play him in left field. |

40-40 CLUB As a member of the Washington
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40-40 CLUB
As a member of the Washington Nationals in 2006 Soriano became the fourth player to join the 40-40 club. He hit 46 home runs and stole 41 bases to join Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, and Alex Rodriguez as the only players to do so. |

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ADVENTURES IN THE OUTFIELD Soriano led second basemen
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ADVENTURES IN THE OUTFIELD
Soriano led second basemen in errors every year until the Nationals moved him to left field in 2006. In the outfield he remains near the top of the league in errors; however, he is able to cover a wide range and is one of the league leaders in outfield assists. |

MOVING TO WRIGLEY After one season in Washington,
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MOVING TO WRIGLEY
After one season in Washington, the Chicago Cubs signed Soriano to an eight-year $136 million deal, the richest contract in Cubs’ history. Soriano helped immediately as he led the team, who finished last in the NL central the year before, to an NL Central title in 2007 and again in 2008. |

DECLINE AND REBOUND Following a playoff sweep in
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DECLINE AND REBOUND
Following a playoff sweep in 2008 the Cubs and Soriano suffered a sharp decline. The team struggled the next four seasons while Soriano dealt with nagging injuries and a drop in production. In 2012 Soriano revitalized his career, hitting 32 home run, driving in a career-high 108 RBIs and committing just one error. |

FAN REACTION Soriano’s carefree attitude has made him
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FAN REACTION
Soriano’s carefree attitude has made him either loved or hated by fans. Soriano’s personality has made him a fan favorite among Cubs fans who gave him the nickname Fonzie; however, it has also helped him to be labeled as lazy because of his lapses in focus in the field and inconsistent play. |

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