Sammy Sosa Tests Positive for Steroids: America Is Not Surprised

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IJune 17, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 28:  Sammy Sosa #21 of the Texas Rangers looks on against the Chicago White Sox on August 28, 2007 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 4-3. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Today, the New York Times released a list of 104 names of MLB players that tested positive in 2003 for performance-enhancing drugs.

To no one's surprise, former Cub Sammy Sosa was on the list.

The first player in baseball history to hit 60 home runs in back-to-back seasons, many remember Sosa for chasing Mark McGwire to Roger Maris' record of 61 home runs in 1998.

McGwire won the race, hitting 70 that year. Sosa finished with 66.

Sosa followed up his historic 1998 season with 63 home runs in 1999. He finished the 2003 season, the year of the supposed positive test, with 40 home runs—his fewest in seven years.

Comparing stats before 2003 and after, Sosa's offensive numbers are far down in almost every category—whether it was by age or ceasing use of enhancers.

Sosa was one of the players who testified before Congress several years ago and claimed, along with several other players including Rafael Palmeiro, that he never used steroids in his professional career.

Sosa stands right now at 609 home runs, sixth on the all-time home run list. He is currently retired and residing in his homeland of the Dominican Republic.

The revelation of the failed test puts Sosa on an ever-growing list of pro baseball players who have been implicated for using steroids in their career.

Among the long list are Manny Ramirez, Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, and Roger Clemens.

This news brings little shock to fans who have been following baseball for years. What is disappointing is that all of these players have been (or are) the biggest names in baseball for years.

No doubt, the integrity of the game has been shaken to the core with these allegations of illegal steroid use in the last few years—especially when baseball has been at its most exciting for years.

To realize that a good percentage of superstars have been using illegal drugs makes fans wonder if there are any players who believe in the integrity and honor of baseball.

If these test results are accurate, it will be yet another talented player whose career has been tainted by the biggest scandal in baseball history.

Yet, America is not surprised by this latest allegation. According to a recent ESPN.com poll, only two percent of people that participated were shocked by the news.

This trend confirms fans are no longer surprised that the best players in baseball have used steroids, and Sosa is just another name that was suspected of using drugs.

If the report is accurate, their suspicions have been confirmed.


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