The New York Times reported that Sammy Sosa was on the list of players who tested positive for steroids in 2003. 2003 was the first year that steroid tests were conducted. The list of players was supposed to be anonymous. New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was also on that list. At that time, Rodriguez was with the Texas Rangers.
Sosa’s main concern: being inducted into the Hall of Fame. The only club you’ll be joining is the one Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, and Rafael Palmeiro are in.
“I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Don’t I have the numbers to be inducted?”
Sosa played a majority of his career for the Chicago Cubs. He famously raced with McGwire in 1998 when McGwire shattered Roger Maris’ home run record at the time of 61. McGwire hit 70 while Sosa hit 66. Sosa would go on to hit over 60 home runs two more times in his career, a feat only done by Babe Ruth, Maris, and Barry Bonds once. McGwire did it twice.
Was I shocked? Not one bit. He was a decent player who did a little bit of juicing to turn into a super star. He’s fallen off the face of the earth and no one really cares. As Matt Stairs said about Manny Ramirez: “Another on bites the dust.”