Sammy Sosa
Dominican Republic baseball player
Sammy Sosa
Samuel Peralta "Sammy" Sosa is a Dominican former professional baseball right fielder. Sosa played with four Major League Baseball teams over his career which spanned from 1989-2007. Sosa's Major League career began with the Texas Rangers in 1989. After three seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Sosa became a member of the Chicago Cubs in 1992 and subsequently became one of the league's best hitters.
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The Cubs Icon in Exile: Sammy Sosa
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
In a rare interview, the former slugger discusses his strained relationship with his old team and why he’s watching the World Series from Paris.
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Sammy Sosa reunion remains on Cubs' back burner
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Owner Tom Ricketts cheered for Sammy Sosa long before Ricketts and his family bought the Cubs. But an invitation to return to the organization for the tarnished slugger remains at the bottom of the list of the Cubs' priorities. “I appreciated him as a great player, a great Cub,” Ricketts told a...
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Sammy Sosa fighting to stay on Hall of Fame ballot
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Is this Sammy Sosa’s last chance on the Hall of Fame ballot? The former Cubs slugger has been trending downward in his first three appearances on the ballot, and registered only 6.6 percent of the votes last year, or 36 overall. Players with less than five percent of the total vote of the Baseball...
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Sammy Sosa fighting to stay on Hall of Fame ballot
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Is this Sammy Sosa’s last chance on the Hall of Fame ballot? The former Cubs slugger has been trending downward in his first three appearances on the ballot, and registered only 6.6 percent of the votes last year, or 36 overall. Players with less than 5 percent of the total vote of the Baseball...
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Sammy Sosa fighting to stay on Hall of Fame ballot
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Is this Sammy Sosa’s last chance on the Hall of Fame ballot? The former Cubs slugger has been trending downward in his first three appearances on the ballot, and registered only 6.6 percent of the votes last year, or 36 overall. Players with less than 5 percent of the total vote of the Baseball...
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The Most Underrated Caribbean Destinations
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By: Matt Meltzer Credit: Matt Meltzer/Thrillist You feel that? Yeah, that's the first bone-chilling cold of winter sneaking up on you, and unless you are unfortunate enough to live in Florida, the next four-to-six months are going to consist of layered clothes, ice scrapers, and long power-walks at the mall. But not all is lost. Just to the southeast of this great nation sits the Caribbean Sea, and in it dozens of tiny islands with gorgeous beaches on which you can relax while refreshing your phone weather to see exactly how cold it is back home. The problem, though? A LOT of other people are gonna be there, too. And who wants that? So to really get away, you need to need to find the awesome, under-the-radar spots that either nobody knows about or, for whatever reason, visits. These destinations might not be the most famous in the Caribbean, but it'd be hard to argue against any of them being among the best. More: The World's Top 20 Cities, According to That Dude Who Vi ...
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Sammy Sosa hopes to throw out first pitch at a Cubs World Series game
Chicago Times - over 1 year
Sammy Sosa endorsed Manny Ramirez’s idea that Sosa should be asked to throw out a first pitch in the World Series if the Cubs make it that far. Before Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday, I asked Ramirez, now a Cubs’ hitting consultant, if he thought Sosa would return to Wrigley Field one day. “Why not?”...
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Sammy Sosa-Mark McGwire home run chase? We should have known better
Chicago Times - over 1 year
  By 1998, when the Cubs' Sammy Sosa and the Cardinals' Mark McGwire started the slugfest that captivated the nation, I should have known better. After all, what was then nearly two decades of covering performance-enhancing drug use in Olympic sports had left me skeptical of unprecedented achievements...
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Tom Brady deserves his punishment
- almost 2 years
Following the recent conclusion of the “Deflategate” scandal, many football fans, specifically those who support the New England Patriots, have been left questioning the punishments dealt to the Patriots and their golden-boy quarterback, Tom Brady. However, these dedicated, some might say irrational, followers have no case. Brady and the rest of the bunch deserve it all. The punishments, announced by the National Football League on May 12, include a four game suspension without pay for Brady, and a loss of two draft picks, along with a $1 million fine, for the Patriots organization. To reiterate, these consequences are warranted. First off, the executives at the helm of the NFL need to make clear that cheating is unacceptable. Period. By suspending one of the Patriots’ best players, taking away draft picks and imposing a fine, they are deterring future ball-deflating issues. Think back to the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal. In that instance, the league fined the Saints $500, ...
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Are the Boston Red Sox Thumbing Their Noses at Bud Selig?
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Yesterday, the Boston Red Sox announced the three newest members of their storied Hall of Fame, the warmest, innermost circle in their legendary Boston creme pyre. The lucky trio are Nomar Garciappara, Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens. As a Yankee fan, I say, congrats to all! By inducting Clemens, Boston seems to be bucking the Selig iron rule of baseball morality: that no player accused of using performance enhancing drugs shall be recognized for his past achievements. According to the National Sportswriters Sacred Code of Hypocrisy, Roger shall be closed out of Cooperstown, along with Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. No decision has been made on Jason Giambi, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Bartolo Colon, et al -- and the avalanche of names still awaiting public disclosure, when a few years from now a cadre of destitute, or conscience-wear or attention-starved ex-players start writing their tell-all memoirs. (See CANSECO, Jose.) As a Yanke ...
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Weekend Four DVRs update: Channel 13 takes marathon mobile; Texans ratings, big surprise, decline in 2013,
Houston Chronicle - about 3 years
Sunday’s Chevron Houston Marathon will air on KTRK (Channel 13) from 7 to 10 a.m. Sunday and also will be available on the WatchABC application for mobile devices. Tom Koch, Casey Curry and Don Nelson will anchor race coverage with Rice University track coach Jon Warren. … While you download WatchABC, consider downloading the Fox Sports Go app as well. Fox Sports will stream the 49ers-Seahawks via that location Sunday. … For draft junkies, NFL Network has the East-West Shrine Game from St. Petersburg at 3 p.m. Saturday. … No huge shocker here, but Texans ratings in Houston declined during 2012, according to Nielsen numbers compiled by Sports Business Daily. Houston ranked 22nd among NFL home team markets with a 23.9 Nielsen rating for Texans games, down from 27.2 in 2012 but slightly higher than the 23.8 average in 2011. While wins were down in 2013, prime time exposures were up from 2011, which explains the difference there. New Orleans had the highest local average at 52.0 for Sa ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sammy Sosa
  • 2014
    For the elections of 2014 through 2016 he received 7.2%, 6.6%, and 7.0%.
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  • 2013
    On January 9, 2013, Sosa was not elected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) into baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, receiving 12.5% on his first year on the ballot (the requirement for election is 75%).
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    In an interview with ESPN Deportes, Sosa said he would "calmly wait" for his induction into baseball's Hall of Fame, for which he became eligible in 2013.
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  • 2009
    On June 16, 2009, the New York Times reported that Sosa supposedly was on a list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details The paper did not identify the drug nor the source of the information. Sosa's agent, Adam Katz, told The Associated Press he had no comment on the report. Rich Levin, commissioner Bud Selig's office spokesman, declined to comment on the situation, claiming that MLB did not have a copy of the test results. Michael Weiner, the union general counsel, also declined comment. The union, while fighting to get the list back from the government, has mostly refused to discuss reports. Previously, Sosa sat alongside Rafael Palmeiro, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire at a 2005 hearing before Congress. His attorney testified on his behalf, stating "To be clear, I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I have never injected myself or had anyone inject me with anything. I have not broken the laws of the United States or the laws of the Dominican Republic. I have been tested as recently as 2004, and I am clean."
    On June 3, 2009, Sosa announced his intention to retire from baseball.
    More Details Hide Details He made the announcement in the Dominican Republic and said that he was calmly looking forward to his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame since his statistics were up to par.
  • 2008
    On December 25, 2008, Sosa announced he intended to unretire and play in the World Baseball Classic and once again test the free agent market in hopes of signing with a Major League ballclub in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Sosa said that he had been keeping in shape at his home, and was hoping that after a strong World Baseball Classic he would prove to major-league teams that he was still capable of playing in the MLB. However, he was not selected as part of the Dominican Republic's roster. He remained a free agent and did not actively look for a team.
    On May 28,, Sosa announced that he instructed his agent not to offer his services to any MLB team for the 2008 season, and planned on filing for retirement, but never did.
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  • 2007
    On June 20, 2007, Sosa hit a home run off of Jason Marquis during an inter-league game against the Chicago Cubs.
    More Details Hide Details Sosa became only the fifth man in history, following Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds, to hit 600 regular season home runs. The home run was the first one that Sosa had recorded against the Cubs, and as a result he has hit a home run against every active MLB team. Sosa is the Cubs' all-time home run leader, having hit 545 with that team.
    He has also homered in The Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports, near Orlando, Florida, a usually minor-league and Spring training park that hosted a regular season series between the Rangers and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in May 2007, although he did not hit a homer at the two regular season games the Cubs played at the Tokyo Dome in 2000 vs. the Mets.
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    On April 26, 2007, Sosa made history by hitting a home run in his 45th major league ballpark.
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    He started the 2007 season as the Rangers' designated hitter and occasional right fielder.
    More Details Hide Details At the same time, the Chicago Cubs awarded Sosa's # 21 to new pitcher Jason Marquis, despite the fact that it was formerly worn by Sosa, who coincidentally later hit his 600th home run against Marquis. Ted Lilly, who had also signed with the Cubs that prior winter had requested #31 but was told it was not available as it was going to be retired for Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins, and they were just waiting for Maddux to retire. This caused some concern, due to Sosa's accomplishments with the Cubs, including his status as the Cubs' all-time home run leader.
    The Texas Rangers, Sosa's original team, signed him to a minor league deal worth $500,000 on January 30, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details This was the same contract that Sosa turned down the previous year from the Nationals. The contract included an invitation to spring training, where Sosa competed for a spot in the lineup with Nelson Cruz, Jason Botts, and other rookies/prospects. Sosa was successful during spring training and was added to the team's 25-man roster.
  • 2006
    On February 15, 2006, Sosa's agent Adam Katz stated: "We're not going to put him on the retirement list.
    More Details Hide Details We decided that putting him on that list was the best thing to do. But I can say, with reasonable certainty, that we've seen Sammy in a baseball uniform for the last time." During this year, Sosa accompanied President Fernández of the Dominican Republic on several diplomatic trips including to the United States, Japan, and Taiwan.
    At the end of January 2006, the Washington Nationals offered Sosa two different minor-league offers, both of which he turned down.
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  • 2005
    Sosa did not make the original edition, but for the 2005 update, with his career totals considerably higher, he was ranked at Number 95.
    More Details Hide Details During a stretch of nine consecutive years, Sosa hit 35+ home runs and 100+ RBIs, all with the Chicago Cubs.
    On December 7, 2005, the Orioles decided not to offer him an arbitration contract, effectively ending his Baltimore Orioles tenure and making him a free agent.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, The Sporting News published an update of their 1999 book Baseball's 100 Greatest Players.
    Sosa finished the 2005 season batting .221 with 14 home runs, his worst performance since 1992, and continuing his post-2001 trend of declines in batting average, homers, total bases, and RBI.
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    By playing for the 2005 Orioles alongside fellow 500-home-run batter Rafael Palmeiro, Sosa and Palmeiro became the first 500 home run club members in history to play together on the same team after reaching the 500 home run plateau.
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    Under the deal, Sosa earned $17,875,000 for the 2005 season, with the Cubs paying $7 million of his salary.
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    On January 28, 2005, the Cubs traded Sosa to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston, Jr., infielder Mike Fontenot, and RHP Dave Crouthers.
    More Details Hide Details To facilitate the deal, Sosa and his agent agreed to waive the clause that guaranteed his 2006 salary, and the players' union indicated it would not object to that agreement.
  • 2004
    The couple married by the Catholic Church on December 18, 2004, at Altos de Chavón, La Romana; they had already been married civilly for 12 years prior the church wedding.
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  • 2003
    Sosa finished the season with 40 home runs, and he hit two more in the 2003 NLCS against the Florida Marlins, which the Cubs led 3 games to 1 before ultimately falling in seven games.
    More Details Hide Details In May, Sosa suffered an odd injury while sitting next to his locker chatting with reporters before a game in San Diego's Petco Park. He sneezed very violently, causing severe back pain. He was diagnosed with back spasms and placed on the disabled list. Later, he fell into one of the worst slumps of his career, only snapping out of it during the last week of the season. He was greatly depressed when the officials told him he couldn't play. He finished with 35 homers, far below his numbers of his best years. In his final 10 years with the Cubs he clubbed 479 home runs; the most in history over a 10-year span. The final straw for the Cubs was an incident in late 2004. Sosa requested to sit out the last game of the season, which was at home against the Atlanta Braves, and he left Wrigley Field early in the game. It was his last time in a Cubs uniform.
    On June 3, 2003, Sosa was ejected from a Chicago Cubs-Tampa Bay Devil Rays game in the first inning when umpires discovered he had been using a corked bat.
    More Details Hide Details Major League Baseball confiscated and tested 76 of Sosa's other bats after his ejection; all were found to be clean, with no cork. Five bats he had sent to the Hall of Fame in past years were also tested, and were all clean as well. Sosa stated that he had accidentally used the corked bat, which he claimed he only used during batting practice. "I use that bat for batting practice. It's something that I take the blame for. It's a mistake, I know that. I feel sorry. I just apologize to everybody that are embarrassed." When Dusty Baker, the Cub manager was interviewed later, he stated any use of corked bats on his team is strictly prohibited. On June 6, Sosa was suspended for eight games. However, the suspension was reduced to seven games after appeal on June 11.
  • 1999
    Sosa was honored with a ticker-tape parade in his honor in New York City, and he was invited to be a guest at US President Bill Clinton's 1999 State of the Union Address. 1998 was also the first time the Cubs made the post-season since 1989.
    More Details Hide Details The Cubs qualified as the NL Wild Card team, but were swept by the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS.
  • 1998
    In recognition of his accomplishments as a hitter, Sosa won the Silver Slugger Award (an award for offensive output, voted on by managers and coaches) in and in 1998 through 2002.
    More Details Hide Details In, the Cubs won the National League Central Division title. The year was not all good news for Sosa, however. In May, he spent his first period on the disabled list since after having an injured toenail removed.
    He also surpassed his 1998 number in total bases, racking up 425.
    More Details Hide Details Sosa once again led the league in home runs with 49 in. Known as a free-swinger in his early years, and as a good strikeout candidate, Sammy became an effective hitter for average. He owns numerous team records for the Cubs, and he holds the major-league record for the most home runs hit in a month (20, in June 1998).
    He and McGwire shared Sports Illustrated magazine's 1998 "Sportsman of the Year" award.
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    Sosa won the National League Most Valuable Player Award for leading the Cubs into the playoffs in 1998, earning every first-place vote except for the two cast by St. Louis writers, who voted for McGwire.
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    Also in 1998, Sosa's 416 total bases were the most in a single season since Stan Musial's 429 in.
    More Details Hide Details Sosa's performance in the month of June, during which Sosa belted 20 home runs, knocked in 47 runs, and posted an .842 slugging percentage, was one of the greatest offensive outbursts in major league history.
  • 1996
    Sosa continued his success with the Cubs in 1996 as he batted .273 with 40 home runs and 100 RBIs.
    More Details Hide Details However, the next year, Sosa struggled. Despite hitting 36 home runs with 119 RBIs, Sosa batted just .251. He struggled to get on base(.300 on-base percentage) and led the league in strikeouts with 174. After years as a respected power/speed threat with a rocket arm in right field, he emerged during the season as one of baseball's greatest. It was in this season that both Sosa and Mark McGwire were involved in the "home run record chase", when both players' prowess for hitting home runs drew national attention as they attempted to pass Roger Maris' single season home run mark of 61 home runs that had stood since. For the early months of the year, Sosa trailed McGwire significantly, being as many as 16 homers behind at one point in May. But as the chase progressed, Sosa would rally and eventually tie McGwire with 46 home runs each on August 10, after a couple months of straggling within a few homers for the lead. However, the moment was short lived as McGwire would pull away slightly and reach 62 home runs to break the record first on September 8, but once again Sosa would excitingly heat up the race by tying McGwire once again at 62 on September 13. Eleven days later, with two games left to play in the season, the two were tied at 66 home runs each.
  • 1995
    Sosa was named to his first All-Star team in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details In 144 games, he batted .268 with 36 home runs and 119 RBIs.
  • 1994
    Sosa continued to hit for power and speed in 1994 but he also improved his batting average.
    More Details Hide Details He ended up batting .300 with 25 home runs, 70 RBIs, and 22 stolen bases.
  • 1993
    In 1993, Sosa batted .261 with 33 home runs with 93 RBIs.
    More Details Hide Details He also showed his speed by stealing 38 bases. He became the Cubs' first 30-30 player in their history.
  • 1991
    Sosa started the 1991 season by hitting 2 home runs and driving in 5 runs.
    More Details Hide Details However, he would slump for the rest of the year and ended up batting .203 with 10 home runs and 33 runs batted in. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder George Bell before the season. Sosa batted .260 with 8 home runs and 25 RBIs in his first season with the Cubs. Although not spectacular numbers, it showed that Sosa improved as a hitter.
  • 1990
    In 1990, Sosa batted .233 with 15 home runs, 70 runs batted in, 10 triples, and 32 stolen bases.
    More Details Hide Details However, he also struck out 150 times, fourth most in the American League.
  • 1989
    Sosa made his major league debut on June 16, 1989, with the Texas Rangers, wearing #17 and leading off as the starting center fielder.
    More Details Hide Details He hit his first career home run off Roger Clemens. Later in the season, the Rangers traded Sammy to the Chicago White Sox where he would don the #25.
  • 1968
    Born on November 12, 1968.
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