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Alfonso Soriano pimps home run that gets caught for an out (Video)

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Alfonso-Soriano-pimps-an-outAlfonso Soriano has been scorching hot since he rejoined the New York Yankees at the trade deadline. In fact, he has been hitting the ball so well that he is starting to think fly ball outs are home runs.

With New York leading 2-0 in the top of the sixth on Saturday night, Soriano thought he had given his team an insurance run when he launched a fly ball to left field. He flipped his bat, took a cocky skip down the first base line, and then proceeded to watch his ball turn into the second out of the inning.

The play wasn’t quite as bad as this premature home run pimping we showed you a few months ago, but it was pretty embarrassing. To make matters worse, the Yankees went on to lose 4-2. It definitely wasn’t Soriano’s brightest moment of the year.

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Alfonso Soriano traded back to New York Yankees

Alfonso SorianoAlfonso Soriano was pulled from the Chicago Cubs’ lineup on Thursday to ensure no hitches in the team’s effort to trade the outfielder back to the New York Yankees, and it looks like the long talked-about deal is finally going through.

CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reported on Thursday night that Soriano addressed his Cubs teammates and coaches in the clubhouse following the team’s 3-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

Earlier this week, Soriano agreed to waive his no-trade clause to clear the way for a trade to the Yankees. The left fielder is batting .254/.287/.467 with 17 home runs for the Cubs this season. Soriano has hit at least 20 home runs each of the last 11 seasons, but he hasn’t batted above .262 since 2008.

Soriano played for the Yankees from 1999-2003. He developed into a star when he posted back-to-back 30-30 seasons for the Yankees in ’02 and ’03 (he missed 40-40 by a home run in ’02). He was traded to the Texas Rangers in the Alex Rodriguez deal before the 2004 season.

Soriano is in the second-to-last year of an eight-year, $136 million deal. He is owed $18 million next year and still owed around $6 million this season. The Yankees are expected to pay a chunk of his salary.

Cubs outfielder Julio Borbon confirmed the trade in a few goodbye tweets:

Dale Sveum wants Alfonso Soriano to use a much smaller bat

Alfonso Soriano has always loved to carry a big stick — literally. Earlier in his career, it seemed to work out perfectly. During his years with the Yankees, Rangers, and Nationals, Soriano flirted with the 40-homer mark almost every season. He’s had a couple of similar years with the Cubs, but things have not exactly worked out the way Chicago had planned when they signed the slugging outfielder back in 2007. Now that Soriano is getting toward the end of his career, Chicago manager Dale Sveum would like to see him give a smaller bat a try.

“The fact of the matter is fastballs are getting too deep,” Sveum said Sunday according to CSNChicago.com. “Whatever it is, it’s just a strange phenomenon right now that Edwin Maysonet has more home runs than Alfonso Soriano.

“There’s no question I’d like to see a much lighter bat. He has adjusted a little bit, but I think a really smaller, lighter bat would help a lot.”

Soriano is hitting .250 with 16 RBIs and has yet to homer. At age 36, it would only make sense that his strength and bat speed have slowed a bit over the years. Perhaps swinging one of the heaviest bats in the league is no longer the best career choice. Then again, guys like Albert Pujols remind us that home run droughts can happen to anyone.

H/T Hardball Talk
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Alfonso Soriano: Chicago Fans Are the Worst with Booing Players

No matter how much players deny paying attention to fans, they all hear what we say. They may ignore you (even if it’s by using ear plugs), but they hear what is said about them. The difference is some players thrive off heckling and hate (see Barry Bonds) while others can’t handle it (see Randy Johnson).

Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano has been affected by booing in the past, so he can empathize with Adam Dunn, the White Sox’s free agent acquisition who’s hitting below .200 for the season. The White Sox and Cubs are playing a three-game series during interleague play and Soriano said he feels badly Dunn is getting booed.

“It’s very sad for him,” Soriano said after Tuesday’s game. “He’s a great player. The fans, they don’t understand when the player’s struggling, how hard it is and how he is trying. He cannot think about. He’s got to try to do the best he can to just concentrate on the game.’’

Then Soriano said the Chicago fans are worst when it comes to booing — and that’s coming from a guy who played with the Yankees for five seasons.

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