Chicago Cubs: Three legends that need to be in MLB the Show
Chicago Cubs: Alfonso Soriano’s addition would please Cubs, Yankees, Rangers, and Nationals fans.
Including Alfonso Soriano feels like a no-brainer at this point, given the sheer amount of cards SDS could give him and the power/speed threat he was in his prime. His positional versatility would also lead to a lot of players quickly finding a spot for him in their lineup. Not to mention, his presence would appeal to fans from all across the MLB, given the solid performances he gave for multiple teams over the years.
Soriano could quickly receive a prime card in a Yankees uniform, where he made two All-Star appearances, won a Silver Slugger, and finished third in MVP voting in 2002. You could also give him a Silver Slugger card in a Nationals uniform to mark his best offensive season in which he launched 46 long balls and put up a 135 OPS+. He could even receive a signature series with either the Cubs or the Yankees to note the teams he did the most damage within his career.
What will make this card worthwhile is the speed and base stealing Soriano demonstrated alongside his prolific power. He stole over 40 bases three times throughout his career and ended just 11 steals off of 300. This will keep players on their toes whenever Soriano’s on base and could even make him an excellent leadoff hitter for most lineups in-game.
While he might not necessarily appear in a Chicago Cubs uniform, having Soriano in the outfield or at second base will offer a unique power speed dynamic that only some of the better cards in the game could match. His vision might not be quite as good as some legends in the game, but you could easily see multiple Soriano cards appearing in the game and an excellent end-game Prime, Awards, or Signature series card.