How impressive is Soriano's power/speed combination?
Updated: September 16, 2002, 1:32 PM ETBy by Thom Henninger, STATS. Inc.
With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, Yankees second baseman Alfonso Soriano leads the American League with 120 runs scored and 40 stolen bases. In New York's 8-4 win over the White Sox on Sunday, the AL MVP candidate stroked his 38th homer, leaving him just two home runs short of joining Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Jose Canseco as the only 40-40 men in the history of the game. Soriano's 38 dingers also leave him just five shy of the 43 that Davey Johnson hit with Atlanta in 1973. The former manager, who otherwise never topped 18 homers in a season, is recognized as the single-season home-run leader among second basemen. That Soriano ranks second in the American League behind Rodriguez in total bases this year provides more insight into his impressive pop. Among all second basemen who ever played in the major leagues, Rogers Hornsby has the five best summers on record for total bases, ranging from the all-time second-base mark of 450 to 373. The sixth-best total belongs to Bret Boone (360 total bases in 2001), but Soriano, who currently ranks second in the AL behind A-Rod with 358, is ready to pass Boone by. And Soriano almost certainly will find himself listed among Hornsby's five best seasons before the 2002 campaign is over.