Sammy Sosa: ‘Of Course I Belong in the Hall of Fame’

"The numbers don't lie," Sammy Sosa says.
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(670 The Score) Former Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa's legacy is complicated, with his iconic career intertwined with allegations of performance-enhancing drug use. The steroid cloud hanging over him is a primary reason why he hasn't been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sosa feels there's no doubt that he belongs in the Hall of Fame, as he said on the Mully & Haugh Show on 670 The Score on Monday morning.

"The numbers don't lie," Sosa said. "I played every day. I put in a lot of time through my career. I played hard every day. I did everything that I had to do. Of course I belong in the Hall of Fame."

Sosa hit 609 career home runs over 18 seasons in the big leagues, including 13 with the Cubs from 1992 through 2004. He was a seven-time All-Star and won the National League MVP award in 1998, when he slugged 66 home runs in a chase with Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire for the single-season record.

In 2009, the New York Times reported that Sosa was one of 104 players to have tested positive for PEDs in 2003. It's the only link between Sosa and PEDs, as he reminded. 

"I never tested positive," Sosa said.

A voting body of the Baseball Writers Association of America casts the ballots for the Hall of Fame. So far, Hall of Fame voters have refused to honor players accused of taking PEDs during what has been known as baseball's steroid era, with McGwire and former Giants slugger Barry Bonds also not inducted despite worthy numbers.

Sosa debuted on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2013, collecting 12.5% of the vote. He most recently earned 13.9% of the vote in 2020, well short of the 75% threshold needed for induction. Sosa will remain on the ballot for next year.

Sosa wishes he could be inducted into the Hall of Fame and also welcomed back at Wrigley Field to reunite with the Cubs organization. The relationship between the Cubs and Sosa is strained.

"They welcomed back Mark McGwire in St. Louis," Sosa said. "They welcomed back Barry Bonds in San Francisco. I don't know what I got to go through to come back to Chicago. 

"Time will heal everything."

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