I’m going to spend the next few blog posts talking about some of my favourite players over the last 25 years. I want to start off with Sammy Sosa, who was the national league MVP in 1998. Sammy Sosa was a weird type of player, especially as if everyone was to be truly honest, no one had expected him to become an MVP. That isn’t an insult on his talents at the time, it’s just about how he went from being an average player to a superstar within the game. Baseball is the type of player you never would have expected to have such a high and low story, especially since not many players have that type of career within Baseball itself.
One of the things that really bring down Sosa’s career was the suspicion of steroid usage. Now, I don’t know too much about the subject and I’m not sure anyone, but Sosa knows the truth of the story, but I am inclined to believe that he still had the talent to take him to the heights that he had reached. I think until the story is truly clear and he confesses or denies with absolute proof, he cannot be inducted into the half of fame. This might be a tough subject to consider, but I believe while it is impossible to determine if a career was tainted by drugs or not, it would be unfair to clean athletes.
I do think that if the stories regarding the steroid usage aren’t true, then he should be given the benefit of the doubt. He still had a great career and was a superstar within his prime but reaching the Hall of Fame is a true pinnacle of any career. Hopefully, the true story comes out and we can have the true story, although chances are he probably did take them!