Between his mega-contract and his past defensive issues, it's sometimes easy to forget that Alfonso Soriano has been a pretty impressive hitter for much of his career. He's in his 15th season, and back with the club where it all started following his July trade to the Yankees. That set him up to collect career hit number 2,000 at Yankee Stadium while in pinstripes once more, and to do it on a homer to boot:
Soriano even manages to go deep against Justin Verlander for hit 2,000 and career homer 392, adding just that little bit extra to the moment.
The 37-year-old is 17th on the active hit list, and a career .272/.321/.502 hitter, and while he's not going to be in line for the Hall of Fame or anything, barring a career-ending injury in the next few weeks, he's likely to finish with well over 400 homers, maybe 500 doubles, possibly even 300 steals, and a couple hundred hits more before all is said and done. Not bad, especially combined with the almost $140 million he's made playing the game in the last decade-and-a-half.