Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs

Age: 53 (November 12, 1968) | aka Slammin' Sammy, Say it Ain't Sosa | 6' 0" | 225lbs. | Bats: Right
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
TEX AL 1989 25 84 8 20 0 20 3 0 1 3 0 2 .238 .238 .310 0 25 .302 n/a
CHA AL 1989 33 99 19 27 11 27 5 0 3 10 7 3 .273 .351 .414 10 24 .338 n/a
CHA AL 1990 153 532 72 124 33 150 26 10 15 70 32 16 .233 .282 .404 6 26 .292 n/a
CHA AL 1991 116 316 39 64 14 98 10 1 10 33 13 6 .203 .240 .335 4 30 .258 n/a
CHN NL 1992 67 262 41 68 19 63 7 2 8 25 15 7 .260 .317 .393 7 22 .311 n/a
CHN NL 1993 159 598 92 156 38 135 25 5 33 93 36 11 .261 .309 .485 6 21 .285 n/a
CHN NL 1994 105 426 59 128 25 92 17 6 25 70 22 13 .300 .339 .545 5 20 .329 n/a
CHN NL 1995 144 564 89 151 58 134 17 3 36 119 34 7 .268 .340 .500 9 21 .290 n/a
CHN NL 1996 124 498 84 136 34 134 21 2 40 100 18 5 .273 .323 .564 6 25 .293 n/a
CHN NL 1997 162 642 90 161 45 174 31 4 36 119 22 12 .251 .300 .480 6 25 .286 n/a
CHN NL 1998 159 643 134 198 73 171 20 0 66 158 18 9 .308 .377 .647 10 24 .321 n/a
CHN NL 1999 162 625 114 180 78 171 24 2 63 141 7 8 .288 .367 .635 11 24 .295 n/a
CHN NL 2000 156 604 106 193 91 168 38 1 50 138 7 4 .320 .406 .634 13 24 .363 n/a
CHN NL 2001 160 577 146 189 116 153 34 5 64 160 0 2 .328 .437 .737 16 22 .336 n/a
CHN NL 2002 150 556 122 160 103 144 19 2 49 108 2 0 .288 .399 .594 15 22 .302 n/a 35
CHN NL 2003 137 517 99 144 62 143 22 0 40 103 0 1 .279 .358 .553 11 24 .307 n/a 27
CHN NL 2004 126 478 69 121 56 133 21 0 35 80 0 0 .253 .332 .517 10 25 .275 n/a 18
BAL AL 2005 102 380 39 84 39 84 15 1 14 45 1 1 .221 .295 .376 9 20 .246 n/a 4
TEX AL 2007 114 412 53 104 34 112 24 1 21 92 0 0 .252 .311 .468 7 25 .292 n/a 15 12
Career 18yrs 2354 8813 1475 2408 929 2306 379 45 609 1667 234 107 .273 .344 .534 9 23 .301 n/a
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It's too bad we don't have a two-year Statcast scan for 1997-1998.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 13

There's always next year, Sammy.

Joe Smith‘s ballot

Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriquez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
Billy Wagner

This seems like it gets harder every year. I took Schilling off because he asked last year to be removed from the ballot. I think he’s a HOFer by his numbers but chose to add someone else worthy instead (Todd Helton). The toughest call for me has been Sosa. I’ve voted for Bonds and Clemens, and have since added Ortiz and Rodriguez. They were all dominant at their positions for a long time (Ortiz being the rare DH to be considered). For me, I’m not keeping Sosa out strictly because of performance-enhancing drug suspicions or corked bats. To borrow wisdom from my colleague (and Hall of Famer) Jayson Stark, Sosa’s biggest comparable is Mark McGwire, who was a bigger offensive force and didn’t come close to election. I only had 10 choices and wasn’t ready to remove one of them for Sosa, who I will continue to consider and hear arguments for.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 8

Let's hear if for Sammy!

C. Trent Rosecrans’ ballot

Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriquez
Scott Rolen
Gary Sheffield
Sammy Sosa

I never voted for Sosa before this, his 10th and final year. I’ve been persuaded over the last few years, especially as my thinking has evolved with those who reached their peak during the steroid era. I have Bonds, Clemens, Sheffield, Ramirez and Rodriguez on my rogues ballot, so it’s not the steroids issue. To me, it had mainly been peak production vs. career production with Sosa falling short on career production. But I’ve gotten to where I feel the peak was so high that it can’t be ignored. Sosa had always been behind other players on my ballot, although I didn’t vote for 10 last year and regretted that. I honored Schilling’s request to not vote for him and that allowed me to check Sosa’s name.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 8

Our focus group is saying, Sorry, Sammy.

I don't buy this voter's "simple reason." 600 homers and indelible impact should put him ahead of a few of these players.

In The Athletic today:

Rustin Dodd’s ballot

Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Todd Helton
Andruw Jones
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Alex Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Gary Sheffield

When I revealed my ballot on Twitter, the most common question surrounded the absence of Sosa, which is fair. If you look at who I voted for, I’m not particularly worried about links to performance-enhancing drug use or, in the case of Ramirez and Rodriguez, violations of MLB’s policy. I thought long and hard about my votes for Ramirez and Rodriguez, but we do not have an official accounting of which players used which drugs, how many drugs they took, how the drugs affected their performance, etc. Both players were such obvious Hall of Famers, and if I’m going to vote for Bonds and Sosa, I ultimately landed on “yes” for Manny and A-Rod.

But back to Sosa. I think there is an argument to vote yes for him. He hit 600 homers and made an indelible impact on the game’s history. Ultimately, though, his overall statistical case didn’t quite measure up to the players I voted for. (Even just looking at offense, for instance, he finished with a career 128 OPS+.) The simple reason I didn’t vote for Sosa: There were 10 players who I wanted to vote for before him.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 8