Nats' Soriano becomes fourth 40-40 man in ML history
WASHINGTON -- There's a new member of the 40-40 club: Alfonso Soriano.
40 Home Runs, 40 Stolen Bases Player Team Year HR SB Jose Canseco OAK 1988 42 40 Barry Bonds SF 1996 42 40 Alex Rodriguez SEA 1998 42 46 Alfonso Soriano WAS 2006 45 40
Soriano became the fourth player in major league history to record 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season when he swiped second base Saturday night for Washington in the first inning against Milwaukee.
That gave Soriano 40 steals to go with 45 home runs.
Soriano came close in 2002, when he stole 41 bases and hit 39 home runs.
Soriano led off the bottom of the first with a single to left field. On a 2-0 count to the next batter, Felipe Lopez, Soriano raced for second base. Brewers catcher Mike Rivera double-clutched but did not attempt a throw.
After the steal, Soriano called time, removed the base and handed it to a groundskeeper. The game was held for a moment while the RFK Stadium crowd rose for a standing ovation, and Soriano tipped his helmet to the crowd.
Soriano stole his 39th base Sept. 10 at Colorado but had stalled in his pursuit of 40-40. In the next four games, Soriano had reached base five times but was caught stealing three times.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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