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Sosa, Soriano and swinging at strikes

Like a young Sammy Sosa, Alfonso Soriano swings at everything. What kind of career path will Soriano follow?

Originally Published: August 23, 2002
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Tools.

Every baseball man can tick them off in his sleep: hit for average, hit for power, run, field, throw.

Everything you'd ever want in a ballplayer, right?

Well, no. Not everything. If you add knowledge of the strike zone, then you've got your perfect ballplayer (read: Alex Rodriguez). But without that knowledge -- or rather, with no apparent knowledge at all -- a player simply won't develop into a consistently great hitter. Or so the theory goes. Sammy Sosa was like that. ...

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