80 Facts About Sammy Sosa

1. Sammy Sosa coupled his astonishing home run total with a career.

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2. Sammy Sosa started the 2007 season as the Rangers' designated hitter and occasional right fielder.

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3. Sammy Sosa finished with 35 homers, far below his numbers of his best years.

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4. Sammy Sosa was greatly depressed when the officials told him he couldn't play.

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5. Sammy Sosa surpassed his 1998 number in total bases, racking up 425.

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6. Sammy Sosa hit his first career home run off Roger Clemens.

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7. Sammy Sosa finished his career with stints with the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers.

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8. Sammy Sosa is one of nine players in MLB history to hit 600 career home runs.

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9. Sammy Sosa turns 50 this year and his youngest child was born in 2014.

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10. Sammy Sosa was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 16, 1989, with the Texas Rangers.

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11. At the time, Sammy Sosa said he took the wrong bat up to the plate.

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12. In 2003, then Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa was caught using a corked bat after it shattered upon contact in a game against the Rays.

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13. In 2009, Sammy Sosa declared he was retiring from his career in Major League baseball.

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14. Sammy Sosa is well-known due to his profession as a baseball player.

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15. Sammy Sosa initially blamed that 2009 Grammys appearance on strong red carpet lines and photographers.

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16. Sammy Sosa appeared in public for members of the news media in spring 2009.

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17. In 2009, former MLB slugger Sammy Sosa appeared at a music awards show sporting a much lighter complexion than he had just months earlier.

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18. Sammy Sosa spent much of the winter working on hitting the ball torightfield.

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19. Sammy Sosa had never scored 100 runs, had never had 175 hits and hadmade fewer All-Star teams in the '90s than Scott Cooper.

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20. Sammy Sosa used to wear a millstone around his neck.

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21. Sammy Sosa played baseball from 1989 to 2007 during which time he played with four Major League Baseball teams, starting with the Texas Rangers in 1989.

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22. Sammy Sosa is a Dominican retired professional baseball right fielder who has a net worth of $70 million.

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23. Sammy Sosa hit his 400th home run in his 1,354th game and his 5,273rd at-bat, the quickest in National League history.

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24. Sammy Sosa was a big part of what changed the game forever.

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25. Sammy Sosa took baseball by storm, along with Mark McGwire, during their epic home run battle in 1998.

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26. Sammy Sosa was a just a glowing brown-skinned boy when he first stepped on the baseball field as a new member of the Texas Rangers in 1989.

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27. On June 20, 2007, Sammy Sosa hit the 600th home run of his career; he was the fifth major leaguer to accomplish that feat.

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28. On September 18, 1999, Sammy Sosa became the first player to hit 60 homers twice; he finished the year with 63.

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29. In 1999 Sammy Sosa became the first player to hit 60 homers in two seasons.

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30. The New York Times claimed in 2009 Sammy Sosa was one of a hundred players who had tested positive under the anonymous survey tests done in 2003.

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31. Sammy Sosa denied that he had ever used performance-enhancing drugs and said that he had never tested positive after the Major League Baseball began testing and penalizing players.

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32. In 2005 Sammy Sosa was called to testify before Congress relating to performance-enhancing drugs.

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33. In 2007 Sammy Sosa became the fifth player to reach a 600-home-run milestone.

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34. Sammy Sosa has been a generous donor to numerous charities.

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35. Sammy Sosa spent the bulk of his career with the Chicago Cubs and went on to become a seven-time All-Star, the 1998 MVP and to be presented with the 1999 Hank Aaron Award.

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36. In 1985 Sammy Sosa was drafted into the Texas Rangers where he remained until 1989.

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37. Sammy Sosa is one of only two National League players to ever reach 160 RBIs in a season, a milestone he reached in 2001.

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38. Sammy Sosa finished his career with brief stints with the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers.

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39. Sammy Sosa stated in a 2005 congressional hearing that he never used performance enhancing drugs.

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40. Sammy Sosa was traded to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder George Bell in 1992.

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41. Sammy Sosa played with four Major League Baseball teams over his career, which spanned from 1989 to 2007.

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42. In 1997, Sammy Sosa proved again that he had become one of the finest power hitters in the National League.

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43. In 1991, Sammy Sosa struggled to find the success and consistency that he had enjoyed the previous season.

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44. In 1988, Sammy Sosa spent the entire season with Port Charlotte in the Florida State League.

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45. In 1986, Sammy Sosa left the Dominican Republic and arrived in Sarasota, Florida.

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46. Sammy Sosa blasted four homers in a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers, taking his total to 62 and tying McGwire.

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47. Sammy Sosa suddenly found himself in a race with Mark McGwire of the St Louis Cardinals for the single-season home run record.

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48. Sammy Sosa asked for $4,000, and they eventually settled on a bonus of $3,500.

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49. Sammy Sosa led the Cubs to their first playoff berth in many years.

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50. In 1997 Sammy Sosa proved again that he had become one of the finest power hitters in the National League.

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51. In 1991 Sammy Sosa struggled to find the success and consistency that he had enjoyed the previous season.

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52. In 1986 Sammy Sosa left the Dominican Republic and arrived in Sarasota, Florida.

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53. In 1988 Sammy Sosa spent the entire season with Port Charlotte in the Florida State League.

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54. In 2003 Sammy Sosa recovered from a bat-corking incident to lead the Chicago Cubs deep into the playoffs.

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55. Sammy Sosa remained a strong hitter for the next six seasons with the Cubs, but he started to encounter some problems in 2003.

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56. Sammy Sosa went to the United States in 1986 to play baseball for a minor league team in Florida.

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57. Sammy Sosa played for the Texas Rangers in 2007, his last professional season.

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58. Sammy Sosa arrives at the Latin Recording Academy Person of The Year event in honor of Juan Gabriel on Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009, in Las Vegas.

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59. Sammy Sosa finished the next five seasons with an OPS over.

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60. Sammy Sosa named in lawsuit over holiday rental in Aspen.

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61. In 2009, Sammy Sosa appeared at a music awards show looking much lighter in complexion than he had just months earlier.

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62. In an interview with ESPN Deportes, Sammy 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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63. On June 3, 2009, Sammy Sosa announced his intention to retire from baseball.

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64. Sammy 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.

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65. On May 28, 2008, Sammy 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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66. Sammy Sosa is the Cubs' all-time home run leader, having hit 545 with that team.

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67. On June 20, 2007, Sammy Sosa hit a home run off of Jason Marquis during an inter-league game against the Chicago Cubs.

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68. Sammy Sosa was successful during spring training and was added to the team's 25-man roster.

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69. Under the deal, Sammy Sosa earned $17,875,000 for the 2005 season, with the Cubs paying $7 million of his salary.

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70. Sammy 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.

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71. In May 2004, Sammy Sosa suffered an odd injury while sitting next to his locker chatting with reporters before a game in San Diego's Petco Park.

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72. On June 3, 2003, Sammy 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.

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73. In the 2000 season, Sammy Sosa led the league by hitting 50 home runs.

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74. In the 1999 season, Sammy Sosa hit 63 home runs, again trailing Mark McGwire, who hit 65.

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75. Sammy 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.

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76. Sammy 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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77. Sammy Sosa continued his success with the Cubs in 1996 as he batted.

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78. With the Rangers, Sammy Sosa hit his 600th career home run to become the fifth player in MLB history to reach the milestone.

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79. Sammy Sosa is best known for his time with the Cubs where he became a 7-time All-Star while holding numerous team records.

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80. Sammy Sosa hit his 400th home run in his 1,354th game and his 5,273rd at-bat, reaching this milestone more quickly than any player in National League history.

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