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Sammy Sosa to retire. Wants induction to the HOF!

Posted on: June 4, 2009 2:25 pm
Apparently, Sammy Sosa has not yet retire . Who knew?

The most interesting thing to his sit-down with ESPN: “I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Don’t I have the numbers to be inducted?”

Uh, sure. So does Rafael Palmeiro. And there’s the problem.

We know what Palmeiro did. We know what Barry Bonds and  Roger Clemens did.

We think we know what Sosa did.

Is that enough to keep him out of Cooperstown?

My take is let them all in if they have the numbers. The times were what they were. Provide the context as necessary so future generations will realize some of these outlandish numbers may be or definitely are tainted. The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum should be already crafting it's blue prints for The Steroids Wing, aka The House that ‘Roids Built.


The Steroids Wing will feature interactive exhibits on the notable events and players who marked this era. The Wing will have its own Gallery of inductees – players who, had they not played and partaken in this Age of Enhancement, would likely be in the main Gallery on the other end of the Hall. Every inductee, every fan, every historian will enter this wing through the same archway, on which will be inscribed the words said by George Mitchell the day he released his report on the use of banned substances in baseball:

 For more than a decade there had been widespread illegal use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing substances by players in Major League Baseball in violation of federal law and baseball policy. …

Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Sammy Sosa represent an inaugural class that rivals the Hall’s first class of Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.


The truth is, the cheats belong in Cooperstown, regardless of the Mitchell Report.

Not because they should be honored. Rather, because history should be honored.

If the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is indeed a repository of the game’s history, how can you leave these central figures out?


We can say ban them all. They cheated. They threatened the very integrity of the game –the so-called level playing field — and therefore don’t deserve to set foot in Upstate New York, let alone Cooperstown. That sentiment is valid.

Except we can’t erase history, we can’t erase achievement, no matter how tainted. We can only clarify, contextualize, providing the proper perspective for future generations who will look at the outlandish numbers from the late 1980s through part of this decade and wonder how in the hell that happened.



Yes, son?

Who is Todd Hundley?

Pretty much a journeyman player. Nothing special. Why?

Well, how did he hold the record for home runs in a season by a catcher?

That’s a funny story, son. Well, not so funny. Let’s walk to the Steroids Wing; the movie narrated by Jose Canseco explains everything.

He’s a hero, right?

No, son, no ….

Build the wing, and isolate these greats/chumps there. Do it for the kids; if they know the history, there’s less of a chance it will be repeated.


Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 10:34 pm

Sammy Sosa to retire. Wants induction to the HOF!

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Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2009 3:13 am

Sammy Sosa to retire. Wants induction to the HOF!

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2009 1:02 pm

Sammy Sosa to retire. Wants induction to the HOF!

Can the union just sack up and release the other 102 names on that list already. Donald Fehr is no longer the head of the union, how about the new leadership show that they are actually in the business of moving past the "steroid era," and are actually on board with curing some of the ills of the game we all love. After all, is it fair to Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa that they are the only 2 names out of 104 to be released. Where was the union to protect their rights? It's time to move on MLBPA, release the other 102 names now!!!

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2009 12:08 pm

Sammy Sosa to retire. Wants induction to the HOF!

So now we are being told that who tested positive for performance enhancers six years ago.

My position on on the blog above does change! Does Yours?

Meanwhile, that Bonds-Clemens-Sosa Class of 2013 in Cooperstown is beginning to look a tad unsteady.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2009 10:23 am

Sammy Sosa to retire. Wants induction to the HOF!

 - That's a valid agreement. My point is that Sosa is part of the steriod era like it or not, and he's not the only one by far. Mike Piazza, Derek Jeter, and Perdo Martinez were are part of that era as well.

These players will still be elected into the HOF, and should be elected in the HOF. Just in a new wing. It's a museum, which is an institution in the service of society and of its development of history. It's purpose is to communicate and have and show exhibits that educate the public.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2009 9:34 pm

Sammy Sosa to retire. Wants induction to the HOF!

great post-but no one could prove someone who's not playing anymore (like Sosa) used steroids. The player then would end up arguing that he didn't use steroids, and eventually waste court time over a lawsuit getting him into the "regular" clean Hall.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2009 9:07 am

Sammy Sosa to retire. Wants induction to the HOF!


I would have to place all the player from the steroid era into this new wing! At least until we know all the names from which A-Rod's name was on. There are another 100 plus names beside A-Rod's on that list.

Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2009 8:44 pm

Sammy Sosa to retire. Wants induction to the HOF!

great post tartans!!!!

but does that mean even the natural guys like glavine or jeter or piazza(i dont think he did roids and he never got caught) will have to  be in the roids wing too?

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