Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Italy, Wilson, Howard

Five years ago today, Alfonso Soriano stole second base in the first inning against the Brewers, becoming the fourth member of the 40-40 club. Soriano, then with the Nationals, finished with 46 homers and 41 steals before signing his massive eight-year, $136MM contract with the Cubs after the season. Jose Canseco (1988), Barry Bonds (1996), and Alex Rodriguez (1998) are the only other players that have gone 40-40 in a single season.

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14 Responses to Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Italy, Wilson, Howard Leave a Reply

  1. Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

    I think he would have gotten $20 million over 4-5 years. This would have been a real interesting free agent market if he and Agon weren’t locked up.

    I know Ryan Howard doesn’t get much respect because of the strikeouts and the average obp but he still drives in the highest percentage of inherited runners. That wins games. Regardless of who is in front of him or not.

  2. Danibal
    Danibal59 4 years ago

    I’ll pass on Carlos Quentin becoming a Met do not like that idea one bit

  3. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    You don’t generally want to be on a list with Arod, Conseco, and Bonds. lol

    Who do you guys think has a legitimate shot at 40/40 in their career from the active players?

    My money’s on Ryan Braun, Matt Kemp or Justin Upton.

    • corey23 4 years ago

      Exactly… every one of those guys except fons is an admitted steroid user… well not bonds, but he doesn’t need to admit it.

    • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

      I think Kemp could if he gets out of Dodgers stadium and that division in general. Justin Upton would be my next guess though. He has the power and should become a better base stealer as he ages.

  4. NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

    Totally agree with the second canadian team theory. 32 Teams would allow the competitive pot of teams to be stirred. Which means more rivalries and significant races. Would be pleasing to see the Blue Jays and Expos in the same division. Maybe the other team can allocate itself in Oregon while the A’s move to San Jose.

    • After seeing how they rallied to the Thunder, I’d like to see Oklahoma City get a shot at an MLB team.

      • chico65 4 years ago

        Why, so you can watch them fry an egg on the infield between pitching changes?

      • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

        Definitely, Oklahoma would probably be very intrigued to have a baseball team and their  fans are a boisterous bunch. 

    • tycobb 4 years ago

      Vancouver is an option.

  5. cubs223425 4 years ago

    It is kind of interesting that Soriano is in a club of juicers. With the resulting leg injuries and complete loss of speed, it makes you wonder…

    • chico65 4 years ago

      I think Canseco admitted he was on the juice during his season.  Let’s see- Arod supposedly only juiced upon arriving in Texas.  Bonds’ came in ’96 pre-juice days.  Soriano’s physical breakdown is interesting, but his season came after regular testing. 

      Definitely not a crew you want to be hanging out with if you’re innocent, but I’m not convinced that using steriods has any bearing on having a 40/40 season.   

  6. NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

    Anyone think CJ can match CC’s original contract of 7/161mm?

  7. johnsilver 4 years ago

    Only way they should “add” a team to Canada, or for that matter anywhere else in the States is by subtracting a already established team that needs relocating due to poor support.

    Think marlins (new stadium or not) Rays, Padres etc… There are already far too many teams and adding another that will just have temporary local support is a huge waste and serves -0- purpose, except to send $$$ to the current owners pockets in franchise fees.

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