Position(s): RF
Stats: .273 BA 2408 H 609 HR 1667 RBI
Career: 1989-2005, 2007
Team(s): Rangers, White Sox, Cubs, Orioles
Accomplishments: 7x All-Star, 6x Silver Slugger, 1x MVP
Sammy, like Ortiz, was relatively unknown during the early part of his career. From 1989-1992 he only averaged 9 homers a season. But, by 1993 it was a wrap. His home run average jumped to 41 a season from 1993-2007 and he had become one of the league's premier players. It's pretty clear when he started juicing. "Slammin' Sammy" became the Cubs' first 30/30 guy in 1993 proving to be a rare combination of speed and power. Along with Mark McGwire, Sammy saved baseball from the devastation of the 1994 strike. He was a lovable guy that always played hard, but that all went away during the 2005 Congressional hearing on PEDs in the majors. Sosa suddenly forgot how to speak english and dodged questions by having his attorney speak on his behalf. After the hearing the New York Times published an article that stated Sosa was among 104 players who tested positive for PEDs in 2003. All sides neither confirmed nor denied who was on that list, which can only mean his name was on it. Before officially announcing his retirement in 2009, Sosa told ESPN, "I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Don't I have the numbers to be inducted?" Sammy might be calmly waiting for that call from the Hall of Fame for a long time.