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Ryne Sandberg: Sosa doesn’t belong in Hall of Fame
Sammy Sosa doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame — that is, if you ask Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg.
Speaking on the 25th anniversary of “The Sandberg Game,” Ryno told ESPN 1000 that Sosa, who was revealed as one of 104 players who tested positive in 2003 for performance-enhancing drugs, doesn’t deserve to be enshirned in the Hall.
He told Waddle & Silvy:
“They use the word ‘integrity’ in describing a Hall of Famer in the logo of the Hall of Fame, and I think there are gonna be quite a few players that are not going to get in. It’s been evident with the sportswriters who vote them in, with what they’ve done with Mark McGwire getting in the 20 percent range. We have some other players coming up like [Rafael] Palmeiro coming up soon, and it’ll be up to the sportswriters to speak loud and clear about that. I don’t see any of those guys getting in.”
Sandberg praised Sosa’s work ethic during the time they played together — from 1992-94 and again in ’96 and ’97. But the gravity of the news revealed last week by the New York Times should prevent players like Sosa and McGwire from being included in Cooperstown.
“For the society, for the up-and-coming players and youth out there, I don’t think those guys should be recognized at all,” Sandberg told the show.