Jan 31, 2022 - Sports

Should Sammy Sosa be in the Hall of Fame?

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Fans cheer Sammy Sosa as he watches his 51st home run of the season leave Wrigley Field in August 1998. Photo: Jeff Haynes/AFP via Getty Images

👋 Hi, Justin here. Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will enter the Hall of Fame this year after a legendary career, the only MLB player voted in.

  • But his numbers are very similar to another player who has now officially been kept out: Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa.

Why it matters: After 10 years of eligibility, the window has closed on Sosa making the Hall of Fame.

  • Sosa garnered just 18.5% of the vote from baseball writers, falling shy of the 75% threshold for entry. He will now rely on the Today's Game committee, voted on by the Hall of Fame's board of directors, to get in.

Context: Sosa is one of many players being shunned from the HOF because of alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.

Yes, but: As the internet surges in support of Barry Bonds and others, Sosa is left behind. Why?

  • Stats: His final year in Chicago was lousy enough to get him booed at Wrigley Field.

The bottom line: Last year, the Cubs unveiled their own Hall of Fame. Sosa was not one of the 56 inductees.

💭 Justin's thought bubble: Fans would skip bathroom breaks or beer runs when Sosa was due up, even before the 1998 home run chase. He brought magic — and a lot of money — back to the Friendly Confines.

🗳 So Cubs fans: What did I miss? Should Sammy Sosa be in the Hall of Fame? Vote here.

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