6. Sammy Sosa
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 12, 1968 in San Pedro de Macoris, Sa D.R.
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 16, 1989
  • Final Game: September 29, 2007
  • Silver Slugger - 1995
  • TSN All-Star - 1995
  • Most Valuable Player - 1998
  • Roberto Clemente Award - 1998
  • Silver Slugger - 1998
  • TSN All-Star - 1998
  • TSN Major League Player of the Year - 1998
  • Hank Aaron Award - 1999
  • Silver Slugger - 1999
  • TSN All-Star - 1999
  • Silver Slugger - 2000
  • TSN All-Star - 2000
  • Silver Slugger - 2001
  • TSN All-Star - 2001
  • Silver Slugger - 2002
  • TSN All-Star - 2002
 
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The Cubs fleeced their cross-town rival White Sox when they acquired Sammy Sosa for George Bell as Sosa would become one of the best offensive players of his day while Bell was on his way out of the game.

Sosa debuted for the Cubs in 1992, and in 1993 he had a 33 Home Run Season.  In 1995, he would go to his first All-Star Game and would have 119 RBIs, which began a nine-year streak where he had double digits in that stat. 

Like so many, Sosa's power numbers skyrocketed in 1998, and along with Mark McGwire, he chased Roger Maris' single season Home Run record of 61.  He beat it with 66 (though McGwire beat him), but Sammy was now one of the game's biggest stars as he would win the National League MVP and lead the NL in Runs Scored (134) and Runs Batted In (158).  Sosa blasted 63, 50, 64, and 49 Home Runs over the next four seasons, and the two lower ones on that list were the ones that led the NL that particular year.  He would also add another RBI title to the mix, and from 1998 to 2002, he was invited to the All-Star Game.

He would fall from grace in Chicago and was unceremoniously traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 2005. Still, over his time in Chicago, he would tally an impressive total of 1,985 Hits, 545 Home Runs, 1,667 Runs Batted In, and a Slugging Percentage of .569.

While the perception of Sammy Sosa changed dramatically after he left the Cubs, make no mistake that when Sosa was a Cub that at his peak, he owned Chi-Town and was one of the most famous figures in the game.   That should not be forgotten.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Traded by the Chicago White Sox with Ken Patterson for George Bell 3/30/92.
  • Departed: Traded to the Baltimore Orioles with Cash for Dave Crouthers, Mike Fontenot, and Jerry Hairston 2/2/05.
  • Games Played: 1811
  • Notable Statistics: 1,245 Runs, 1,985 Hits, 296 Doubles, 32 Triples, 545 Home Runs, 1,414 Runs Batted In, 181 Stolen Bases, .284/.358/.569 Slash Line, 58.8 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    MVP (1998)

    All-Star (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2004)

    Major League Player of the Year (1998)

    Roberto Clemente Award (1998)

    Hank Aaron Award (1999)

    Silver Slugger (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 & 2002)

    Most Runs Scored (1998, 2001 & 2002)

    Most Total Bases (1998, 1999 & 2001)

    Most Home Runs (2000 & 2002)

    Most Runs Batted In (1998 & 2001)

    Most Intentional Walks (2001)

    Highest Power-Speed# (1995)

    Most Total Zone Runs (1995)

    Most Putouts by a Rightfielder (1990, 1995 & 2001)

    Most Assists by a Rightfielder (1995 & 1997)

    Most Total Zone Runs by a Rightfielder (1995, 1996 & 1997)

    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Rightfielder (1998 & 1999)
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