Sammy Sosa Tested Positive For Steroids In 2003

Sports WriterCorrespondent IJune 16, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 28:  Designated hitter Sammy Sosa #21 of the Texas Rangers during play against the Chicago White Sox on August 28, 2007 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.   (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

According to the New York Times and several reports, Sammy Sosa tested positive for a performance enhancing drug in a 2003 drug test.

Sosa has 609 home runs in his career and is ranked sixth all-time. He has denied allegations numerous times in the past. Reports from the 2003 drug test were supposed to remain anonymous. There are also no penalties for drug use in 2003.

Sosa announced in early June he was planning on announcing his retirement, but would not comment on steroid-use allegations.

He also stated "I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Don't I have the numbers to be inducted?"

Alex Rodriguez was also on the 2003 list, released by Sports Illustrated.

Sammy Sosa's lawyer declined to comment.

What will this do to Sosa's career and the presence of steroids in baseball? Only time will tell.

Sammy Sosa should make a statement soon.