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Yesterday (January 7) was Alfonso Soriano‘s 37th birthday, so happy birthday to him! Fantasy owners who had the pleasure of drafting or adding Soriano off free agency last year should probably get him a gift. After all, Soriano only turned in his best season since 2008, halting what had been a three-year stretch of low batting averages and modest-to-underwhelming run and RBI totals. It’s not like Soriano’s .262 average was a boon to your roster, but it’s far better than the .244 mark he posted the year before. And for the first time since 2007, Soriano hit 30+ homers. Oh, and those 108 RBI were a new career best. How did he do all of this? It all began with his eye as Soriano showed more discipline at the plate than ever (or at least since 2002 when Fangraphs started tracking these stats). Last year Soriano swung at just 50.9% of the pitches he saw, lower than both the 56.8% he swung at last year and his previous career-best (51.5% in 2010). This improved discipline did result in mo...
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