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Alfonso Soriano retires after 16-year career
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Alfonso Soriano retires after 16-year career
Wednesday November 5th, 2014

Outfielder Alfonso Soriano has retired from Major League Baseball after a 16-year career, according to Hector Gomez of Dominican outlet Listin Diario.

Soriano played for the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs. He spent seven years in each New York and Chicago. The 38-year-old was released by the Yankees in July. In 67 games in 2014, Soriano hit .221 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.

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From The Associated Press:

"I've lost the love and passion to play the game," said Soriano in a radio interview Tuesday in his native Dominican Republic. "Right now, my family is the most important thing."

"Although I consider myself in great shape, my mind is not focused on baseball," said Soriano

From 2002 to 2008, Soriano appeared in seven straight All Star games. In his career, he hit .270 with 412 home runs and 1159 RBIs. He had a career on-base plus slugging percentage of .819.

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In his lone season with the Nationals in 2006, Soriano hit 41 doubles, 46 home runs, and stole 41 bases. He was the first player in MLB history to top 40 in each of the three categories.

After that season, Soriano signed a eight-year, 136 million contract with the Cubs before he was traded to the Yankees in 2013.

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