Sammy Sosa

Sammy Sosa
Birthdate 11/12/1968
Death Date
Debut Year 1989
Year of Induction
Teams Cubs, Orioles, Rangers, White Sox
Positions Center Field, Designated Hitter, Right Field

Sammy Sosa is the only player to hit 60+ homers in a single season three times and is the All-Time leader in homers by a foreign-born player.

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Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire captured the attention of the country in 1998

Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire captured the attention of the country in 1998

The summer of 1998 was a special one in the baseball world. Sluggers Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire hit home runs at a rate never before seen. All summer long they battled each other in a quest to beat Roger Maris‘ single-season home run record. In this letter, Florida Marlins advance scout Joe Moeller writes about that pursuit.
Sammy Sosa hit two HRs on 8/18/2000 to tie Carlton Fisk on the all-time HR list; here's manager Don Baylor's lineup card

Sammy Sosa hit two HRs on 8/18/2000 to tie Carlton Fisk on the all-time HR list; here's manager Don Baylor's lineup card

Sammy Sosa slugged 545 homers during 13-year tenure with the Chicago Cubs. During that time he climbed the career leaderboard, passing Hall of Famers along the way. In the collection is this lineup card from the Cubs contest against the Diamondbacks on August 18, 2000. Sosa entered the game tied
Sammy Sosa is the only player in history to have three 60-homer seasons

Sammy Sosa is the only player in history to have three 60-homer seasons

Sammy Sosa signed this contract in March of 2004 just before embarking on the last of his seven All Star campaigns. Sosa would slug 35 homers in his last productive season. The contract was due to run out on January 31, 2009 though Sosa would play his last game in September of 2007. Sosa had quite a career. One of just nine big leaguers to hit at least 600

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Judgment of Steroid Era comes every year at Hall of Fame

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(Editors’ note: Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24, 2016.) Can the game’s story be complete without a plaque of the baseball’s all-time home run leader? Doesn’t the man with the most Cy Young Awards deserve induction? How about the catcher with the most career homers? All have been on the ballot, yet none is enshrined. The allegations pointed toward Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are well-documented. The case for Mike Piazza remains less clear. Certainly his numbers are certainly Cooperstown-worthy. Amassed in any other era, his 427 homers and .308 lifetime average would be enough to garner the catcher a bronze plaque. Piazza’s six seasons with at least 100 runs batted in, 12 all-star appearances, and ten Silver Slugger awards certainly seem Cooperstown-worthy. In today’s Hall of Fame voting process, however, numbers aren’t enough. That’s where hypocrisy begins to creep in. During the steroid era, the Baseball Writers concerned themselves only with on-field performance. Seven times they voted prickly Barry Bonds the MVP; seven times they cast enough votes for Roger Clemens to receive the Cy Young Award. No one cared then that the players’ statistics might have been aided by performance enhancing drugs. When those same two players were on the Hall of Fame […]

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