For more than a decade, Sammy Sosa brought out droves of fans to Wrigley Field. Now he’s receiving a big honor for his career.
No, he’s not being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and likely never will. However, he was inducted into the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame. Carrie Muskat posted the news in her MLB.com blog.
Sammy Sosa was one of six players named to the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday. Sosa will be joined by Orlando El Duque Hernandez, Jesse Orosco, Edgar Renteria, Ivan Pudge Rodriguez and Omar Vizquel. The Latino Hall of Fame was inaugurated in the city of La Romana in the Dominican Republic in 2010. Induction ceremonies will be Dec. 2-5. Sosa finished with 609 home runs, and was the 1998 NL MVP with the Cubs. The announcement was made on MLB Network on Friday.
Sosa’s time in Chicago ended unceremoniously following the 2004 season.
His career ended in a similar fashion after the 2007 season. He would be forever linked to the steroids era of the 1990s and early 2000s.
In recent years, the Cubs have started to recognize Sosa’s contributions to the franchise. Friday they even recognized his accomplishment.