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Height: 6' 1"
- Alfonso led the
NL with 89 extra-base hits in 2006.
- In 2006, Alfonso became
just the 10th player in history to hit 40 homers and 30 steals in the
same season. He, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco are the
only players to register 40-40 seasons.
- Alfonso went to
arbitration after the 2005 season and lost. Nevertheless, his $10 million
contract was the highest ever awarded to a player in arbitration.
- Alfonso was traded
by the Rangers to the Nationals for Brad Wilkerson and Terrmel Sledge.
- Include translator
on the list of positions Alfonso played in 1999 with the Norwich Navigators.
His manager there, Lee Mazzilli, a former All-Star with the New York
Mets, utilized Alfonsos ability to speak Spanish and Japanese
whenever pitcher Kats Maeda was on the mound. Maeda spoke no English,
and Mazzilli spoke no Japanese. If the two needed to speak during a
game, Alfonso and catcher Victor Valencia also joined the conference.
Valencia was bilingual, so he would translate Mazzillis words
into Spanish, then Soriano would relay the message in Japanese to Maeda.
- Alfonso victimized
two pretty good pitchers in the 1999 All-Star Futures game. His 3-run
blast in the third inning came off Mark Mulder. His 2-run shot in the
fourth was against Ryan Anderson, Seattles 6-10 Randy Johnson
- When Alfonso went
deep against Norm Charlton on on September 24, 1999, he became the first
Yankee to homer for his first big-league hit since Dan Pasqua on May
- Few rookies in
AL history have displayed the power and speed Alfonso showed in 2001.
In fact, Tommie Agee, who hit 22 homers and stole 44 bases in 1966,
was the only one ever to post higher totals in both categories.
- Alfonso is still
trying to improve his English. Though he hangs out mostly with Spanish-speaking
teammates, he knows he has to learn to communicate with the media more
effectively. His favorite language teacher is the television. Alfonso
watches the tube regularly to gain a better grasp of English, and says
he really enjoys Denzel Washington movies.
1980 Topps Superstar Photo