I get it — when you think of Alfonso Soriano, images of the Baseball Hall of Fame don’t come to mind. However, the seven-time All-Star’s career statistics are pretty impressive and you can’t deny that the Chicago Cubs‘ star has produced at a very high clip for each of the last 13 years.
Entering the league as the New York Yankees‘ starting second baseman, Soriano was forced to get used to the national spotlight and thrived in it to say the least. While the transition out of New York may have been rough, the superstar moved positions and teams during the prime of his career, which can sometimes hold players back.
At the end of the day, whoever gets into the Hall is decided by the statistics and obviously the baseball writers. Here’s a nugget to put you on the Sori bandwagon: the outfielder is 12 home runs and 20 stolen bases away from reaching the exclusive “400 home run and 300 stolen base club.” If and when Soriano reaches both of those plateaus, he will be one of five players in MLB history to do so and two of them are in baseball’s Hall of Fame — Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez are in that group, but steroid issues have kept both of them out of the Hall.
Hey — the lanky left fielder has never been implicated to using performance enhancing drugs, so that should do him well when it comes to getting the HOF nod. With no Gold Glove Awards, Soriano will be fighting an uphill battle when it comes to the defensive standards, but maybe that will change once his playing career comes to a close.