Alfonso Soriano retires from baseball

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Given that Alfonso Soriano was released by the Yankees in July and remained unemployed though the end of the season it should come as little surprise that the 38-year-old has decided to retire from baseball.

Soriano had a solid career which was highlighted by a 40/40 season in 2006.

In a 16-year career he finishes with a .270/.319/.500 line with 412 home runs and 1,159 RBI while earning seven trips to the All-Star game.

Some around Chicago may feel differently about Soriano who joined the Cubs in 2007 as his peak seasons were winding down.

During his tenure with the Cubs he produced a .264/.317/.495 line while hitting 181 home runs and driving in 526 RBI during seven seasons. Aside from batting average, those numbers all were higher than the ones produced while a member of the Yankees for parts of seven years.

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