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    Alfonso Soriano originally resisted the suggestion that he move from second base to left field. He seemed to look on the switch as a demotion.

    But somehow Frank Robinson and the Washington Nationals management team convinced Soriano to accept the move -- that there is no shame in playing the outfield -- that it is in his own best interest to make this switch.

    What do you think was the main factor in Alfonso agreeing to make this career change?

    Was it the stature and the persuasiveness of Frank Robinson?
    Did he recall the history of other players who made this switch?
    Did he watch videos of his own horrific performance at second base?
    or was it just that he wants to ensure that he will stay on a MLB payroll?
    Stature and persuasiveness of Frank Robinson
    History of other successful moves from 2B to OF
    Realizes his own poor performance at second base
    It's the money, man!
    Last edited by Appling; 03-23-2006, 05:46 PM.

  • #2
    Bowden's Folly

    In general its the money, which is an umbrella reason. Its his FA year and he considers his future elsewhere than D.C. If he contiued the holdout for any length of time his value and the way he would be viewed by other teams' front offices would suffer.

    I hope the guy has a torrid first half of the season and a contender needs to fill a hole sometime in July so the Nationals can get some decent value for him in a trade. If that occurs Bowden's Folly may not hurt the Nats as badly as a middling to subpar showing by Soriano.


    • #3
      Alfie knew if he didn't play, he wouldn't get paid and wouldn't accrue service time.
      He wants to play 2d for his offensive prowess to be more attractive in free agency once he gets there, but first he needs to get there with service time.

      It is all about the greenbacks.
      1968 and 1984, the greatest ever.


      • #4
        Soriano should work well in LF considering how bad of a glove he has... Guys like Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Lance Berkman, Cliff Floyd, etc., can play there so you know it's a pretty decent hiding spot for the more defensive inept players when you don't have an open job at 1B or a DH.
        The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

        The A: No

        ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
        Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,


        • #5
          Originally posted by Tigerfan1974
          He wants to play 2d for his offensive prowess to be more attractive in free agency once he gets there, but first he needs to get there with service time.
          Normally a good hitter is worth more if he plays a skill position (like 2nd Base) than if he plays OF or DH -- but is that true in Soriano'a case?
          I think the Rangers would have kept him if had agreed to play outfield for Texas, but he insisted he wanted to stay at second base.


          • #6
            He was not thinking of greatness or nothing. He was thinking of his paycheck going out the window. His agent probably advisded him to do it. Holdouts are never the best chocie to get something (take T.O. for example)
            go sox.



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