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June 17, 2009 | Bill Shaikin and Paul Sullivan
Baseball's steroid era reared its head again on Tuesday, when a report that Sammy Sosa tested positive for performance-enhancing substances six years ago revived debate on whether owners and players ought to release the names of 102 other players who tested positive at that time.
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July 15, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Your browser does not support iframes. NEW YORK -- Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles leads the major leagues with 37 home runs. He is on pace to hit 62, which would set a new single-season record. According to him, anyway. "In my opinion, 61 is the record," Davis said Monday, "and I think most fans agree with me on that. " Roger Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961. The Maris record since has been eclipsed six times -- by Barry Bonds once, Mark McGwire twice and Sammy Sosa three times.
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June 17, 2009 | KURT STREETER
Who among us was taken aback by the news that Sammy Sosa used performance-enhancing drugs to fuel his bulked-up career? We'd already witnessed Sosa's flim-flam act before a congressional committee investigating steroids, his sudden inability to speak English after hard questions came.
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January 9, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Rich “Goose” Gossage cut an intimidating figure on the mound with his sinister-looking Fu Manchu mustache and blazing fastball, and at 61, he can still fire a few high, hard ones, as he showed after Wednesday's Hall of Fame vote, in which players from the steroid era were shut out of Cooperstown. “I'm glad nobody who is tied to performance-enhancing drugs got elected,” said Gossage, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008 after going 124-107 with a 3.01 earned-run average and 310 saves from 1972 to 1994.
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September 10, 1998 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just beyond the cracked left-field wall where Sammy Sosa hit his earliest home runs, in a tattered batting cage behind fading stars that read "Alou," "Marichal" and "Mota," Roberto Corporan was chasing the dream that drives so many in this storied Dominican town. Sweating rivers in the blazing sun this week, Corporan and his scout were the lone figures in Alfredo Raynold Stadium, the muddy and rutted field of dreams where the Chicago Cub slugger--like so many others before him--first played baseball.
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August 15, 1998 | J.A. ADANDE
This wasn't one of those "Was that an earthquake?" earthquakes. This was a no-doubt-about-it, rocking-and-rolling, shifting-and-shaking, 5.4-magnitude earthquake that shook the Bay Area on Wednesday morning. It lasted almost 10 seconds, which in earthquake time feels more like 10 minutes. Sammy Sosa slept through it. "Good guys don't hear nothing," he said.
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September 28, 1998
PLATE APPEARANCES Sammy Sosa Sacrifice flys: 0.7% Hit by pitch: 0.1% Intentional walks: 1.9% Grounded into double plays: 2.6% Doubles: 2.8% Home Runs: 9.2% Walks: 10.2% Singles: 15.3% Fly Outs: 18.9% Ground Outs: 19.1% Strikeouts: 23.7% * Mark McGwire Sacrifice flys: 0.6% Hit by pitch: 0.9% Grounded into double plays: 1.2% Doubles: 3.1% Intentional walks: 4.1% Singles: 9.0% Ground Outs: 10.1% Home Runs: 10.3% Fly Outs: 19.5% Strikeouts: 22.8% Walks: 23.
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September 28, 1998 | BILL PLASCHKE
The flashbulbs darkened, the cameras no longer focused, the buzz gone silent, Sammy Sosa's smile also momentarily disappeared. "Fifty years from now, I hope people will remember me, too," he said. "When they mention Mark McGwire, I hope they will also mention me." So do I. But they probably won't. After giving the sports world three months of memories so equally thrilling and charming we will pass them along to our children, Sammy Sosa now needs something from us.
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September 28, 1998 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the pyrotechnic night of Sept. 8, shortly after hitting his 62nd home run to break Roger Maris' 37-year-old record, Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals climbed over the box-seat railing at Busch Stadium and embraced Roger Maris Jr. and his five brothers and sisters. "If I live to be 100," baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said in reflection, "I'll never forget that scene. I was sitting with [Hall of Famer] Stan Musial, and I remember him saying that he had never seen anything like it."
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July 20, 2005
The Chicago Cubs' Derrek Lee hit two home runs Monday to give him 30 for the season. Here are the Cubs' single-season home run leaders. 1. Sammy Sosa (1998)...66 2. Sammy Sosa (2001)...64 3. Sammy Sosa (1999)...63 4. Hack Wilson (1930)...56 5. Sammy Sosa (2000)...50 6. Andre Dawson (1987)...49 Sammy Sosa (2002)...49 8. Dave Kingman (1979)...48 9. Ernie Banks (1958)...47 10. Ernie Banks (1959)...45 Baseball-Reference.com
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August 22, 2010
The Hall truthas a morality play Roger Clemens has a lot more to worry about than the Hall of Fame these days, what with his recent perjury indictment and all. But if the Rocket is found guilty of lying about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, it could make the balloting for the Hall class of 2013 a watershed moment in baseball history. Voters have made their disgust of the steroid era apparent in the case of Mark McGwire , who broke the season-single home run record and retired with 583 homers, then fifth on the all-time list.
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June 17, 2009 | KURT STREETER
Who among us was taken aback by the news that Sammy Sosa used performance-enhancing drugs to fuel his bulked-up career? We'd already witnessed Sosa's flim-flam act before a congressional committee investigating steroids, his sudden inability to speak English after hard questions came.
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June 17, 2009 | Bill Shaikin and Paul Sullivan
Baseball's steroid era reared its head again on Tuesday, when a report that Sammy Sosa tested positive for performance-enhancing substances six years ago revived debate on whether owners and players ought to release the names of 102 other players who tested positive at that time.
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June 21, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Sammy Sosa's 600th home run resembled so many that came before -- except this time the Chicago Cubs were on the other side. Playing for the Texas Rangers after a year out of baseball, Sosa became the fifth member of the 600-homer club Wednesday night when he connected against his former team.
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June 17, 2007
Sammy Sosa, right, needs one home run to join Hank Aaron (755), Barry Bonds (747), Babe Ruth (714) and Willie Mays (660) in the 600 club. Sosa trails only Bonds among active players: Barry Bonds...747 Sammy Sosa...599 Ken Griffey Jr....581 Frank Thomas...495 Alex Rodriguez...490 Jim Thome...480 Manny Ramirez...479
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May 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
* at Texas 14, Minnesota 4: Gerald Laird hit his first career grand slam in an eight-run fifth inning, and Sammy Sosa had two doubles and three RBIs for the Rangers at Arlington. * at Chicago 8, Oakland 5: Rob Mackowiak hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning, and Darin Erstad drove in three runs for the White Sox. * at New York 6, Boston 2: Alex Rodriguez homered for the third straight game and Jason Giambi ended a one-for-26 slump with an upper-deck homer.
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March 1, 2003
"Unbelievable. That was a quickie right there. That guy is ready." --Sammy Sosa, Chicago Cub outfielder, after watching San Francisco's Barry Bonds hit a home run off the first pitch he saw in spring training.
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April 2, 2007 | Kevin Baxter, Times Staff Writer
Sammy Sosa sits alone in a corner of the Texas Rangers' spacious spring training clubhouse and stares at the floor. Gone is the entourage that followed him around Chicago and Baltimore and, for one unforgettable day, up Capitol Hill. Gone too is the boom box that rattled nerves and windows during Sosa's 13 record-setting seasons with the Cubs.
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March 11, 2007 | Jim Litke, Associated Press
Sammy Sosa didn't come out of hiding and amble into baseball for the money. He's got plenty. Even if Sosa earns a spot with the Texas Rangers as a designated hitter, then triggers every bonus clause in his contract during the regular season -- the final frontier: 600 plate appearances -- he still makes only $2.8 million. That might sound like a lot, but not to a guy who banked eight-figure checks nearly every year for a decade.
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