Alfonso Soriano Retires after 16 Years from Yankees: “My Mind is not on the Game”

Alfonso Soriano Retires after 16 Years from Yankees:

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After playing for 16 years in the MLB, Yankees 38 year old leftfielder, designated hitter, and second baseman, Alfonso Soriano, announced his retirement November 4th, reported mlb.com.

“I’ve lost the love and passion to play the game,” Soriano said in a radio interview Tuesday in his native Dominican Republic, per ESPN. “Right now, my family is the most important thing,” reported cbssports.com

According to baseball-reference.com, Soriano had a career average of .270 and played in a total of 1975 games. He was an all star for 7 years and had 2095 hits, 481 doubles, 31 triples, and 412 homeruns. He also had a career slugging percentage of .500 and an on base percentage of .319.

Alfonso Soriano was designated for assignment on July 6th and was not  picked up by another team, so he was released. This forced the Yankees to pay Soriano the remaining 5 million dollars of his contract. Soriano had an average salary of 17 million dollars, and a totally salary of 136 million dollars over 8 years.

“Although I consider myself in great shape, my mind is not focused on baseball,” said Soriano, reported si.com.

“Soriano is like family to me. I have played with him a long time, when he first came up and when he came back,” said former Yankee captain, Derek Jeter.

“Sori has had a tremendous career here in New York and it was difficult for him this year. Not playing every day, it’s hard to be productive. I feel for him and I am going to miss him but I will be in touch with him. He is like a brother to me. He should be proud of what he was able to do,”Jeter concluded.