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2006 Leaves Sammy Sosa Without a Place to Hang his Hat
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Flying is Sammy's lesser known talent

Back when Sammy and Big Mac were duking it out in their epic “whose ridiculously bloated body can absorb the most steroids” battle, Sosa’s value was rising so fast he may as well have been a dot com stock circa 1998. He was a hero to little leaguers, he had a sweet Pepsi commercial (say it with me, you know you want to: “Sammy Sooosa!”), and had a knack for thanking the Jesus as often as possible. Sammy was on his way to an incredible career full of broken records.

Then came the corked bat revelation the steroid rumors, the lost endorsement deals, and the sharp decline in his performance (see “corked bat revelation” and “steroid rumors”). After his last three mediocre seasons in Chicago he headed to Baltimore, where he hit a miserable .221 with a disappointing 14 home runs. His OBP has never been incredible, but it hit a low last year at .295. By all accounts, Sammy seemed tired, washed up and ready to be put out for pasture, so it comes as no surprise that he has thus far not had any takers in his bid for 2006. Baltimore passed on another go around with Sosa, and he hasn’t had any offers from other teams around the league as of yet.

Retirement seems like the best option if Sosa has any desire to go out with a shred of his dignity in tact. Unlike Mike Piazza, who is also still unsigned, Sosa doesn’t seem to have much to offer in the MLB. Sosa, however, has not made any moves towards retirement just yet.

So what will become of Sosa, a guy who was once considered a future Hall of Famer? Part of me doesn’t really care what becomes of him; it seems obvious to me that most of his power came from steroids, thus making his achievements moot - in my mind anyway. The bottom line, though, is that steroids or not, he was a fun guy to watch and it’s always sad to see a former star relegated to groveling for a contract. Here’s to hoping for a dignified retirement for Mr. Sosa.


posted by Yankees Chick @ Sunday, January 15, 2006  
  • At 12:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow am I glad the Mets didn't trade Cliff Floyd for Sosa last season. That would have been a disaster, considering Cliff was our best position player.

    There are some rumors that the Mets may give Sosa a chance, since it'll likely only take a minor league contract to get him. Not the worst thing ever, but I'd rather pass and let two young lions in Nady and Diaz compete for the RF position.

  • At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Re: steroids, I'll reiterate my oft-repeated phrase. I could take enough steroids to kill a horse.

    I will still not be able to hit the ball over 375 feet (275, maybe?) before it bounces.

    For 1998, alone, with McGwire and Sosa carrying the beleaguered (sp?) MLB on their backs, they deserve recognition in the hall.

    I also believe that Sosa has something left in the tank.

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