Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Sosa Hits 60 Home Runs Again
On Sept. 18, 1999, Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa records hits home run number 60 of the season. The home run also marked the first time a player had reached 60 home runs in back-to-back seasons, 1998 and 1999.
Sosa would hit 60 home runs again 2001, but would never hit that many again after that season. He would finish his career with 609 home runs, putting him in the top six of all-time at the time of his retirement. Since than Alex Rodriguez and Jim Thome have passed him, and now Sosa is currently ranked eighth all time.
Sosa won the MVP in 1998, the year he hit 66 home runs, was a seven time All-Star, and six time Silver Slugger in the National League.
Thought Sosa has so many home runs and was the first player and only player to hit back-to-back 60 home run seasons, his name was drug through the steroid issues of the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Along with an issue of using a corked bat, Sosa will likely not make Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame.