Alfonso Soriano
How He Got To
The Major Leagues

Island Descriptions

Hotel Search

Cruise Planning

Island Tours

Caribbean Recipes

Caribbean Weather

Born in 1976 in the sugar mill town of San Pedro de Macoris, Alfonso Soriano at the age of 5 began playing little league ball almost every day for about 10 years.

?When I reached 15, a lot of people told me I had the talent to play professional baseball. I worked very hard at it because I needed to help my family. I worked every morning from 9 to 12 with about 25 other kids.?

After Soriano convinced scouts he had the right stuff, he played minor league ball in Japan for two years. Then he really hit the big time.

His first major league debut was as a New York Yankee, in 1999.

The first time he played in Yankee Stadium, Soriano says the feeling was ?just awesome. I never thought that one day I would play with the best team in the world. It was unbelievable.

?When other kids come to me about playing professional, I tell them listen to your Mama, go to school and work hard and you just might? make it.

Soriano marked 2002, his first full year as a starter, with unusual distinction. Coming in third for the American League rookie of the year, he led all American League rookies with 18 home runs and led the Yankees in stolen bases.

However, Soriano was traded after a poor batting performance in the World Series. Soriano still has trouble with his batting at times.

In 2005, playing for the Texas Rangers, he struck out almost 120 times according to ESPN and has the reputation for striking at almost anything.

But he's still doing OK. His reported salary for 2005 is $7.5 million.

Sept 14,? 1999
Soriano announced his retirement on November 4, 2014. He stated: "I've lost the love and passion to play the game. Right now, my family is the most important thing.?
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 is one of only four players in the 40?40 club, achieving the feat in 2006. He played primarily as a second baseman for the Yankees and Rangers before being conSoriano's 412 career home runs put him in 53rd place on the all-time list at the time of his retirementverted to an outfielder with the Nationals.
Soriano's 412 career home runs put him in 53rd place on the all-time list at the time of his in 2014.

Return to Beisbol, Dominican Style

Return to Dominican Republic Homepage