Slammin' Sammy: Writers don't feel Sosa worthy of Hall

Slammin' Sammy: Writers don't feel Sosa worthy of Hall
January 9, 2013, 3:04 am
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Baseball may have been very good to Sammy Sosa, but the writers haven't acted as kindly.
On Wednesday, the former Chicago Cubs great will find out whether or not he was voted into baseball's Hall of Fame.

This is the first time Sosa is eligible for entry in baseball's hallowed grounds.

Based on an unofficial poll of more than 20 Hall of Fame voters, Sosa doesn't stand a chance this season. Of 21 writers whose ballots we sampled, Sosa was on four. Players must receive 75 percent of the vote to be elected into the Hall of Fame.

Though Sosa boasts gaudy offensive numbers from his 18-year career, his suspicion of steroid use may play a big role in keeping Slammin' Sammy out of the Hall. Sosa, the 1998 National League MVP and a six-time Silver Slugger award winner, hit 609 home runs, the eighth most in Major League Baseball history.

If Sosa isn't elected this season, he still has 14 more years of eligibility in the writers' vote. After that, Sosa's admission to Cooperstown would be up to baseball's veterans committee.