NL | Ryne Sandberg says Sammy Sosa not fit for Hall of Fame
Former Cubs star Ryne Sandberg doesn't believe slugger Sammy Sosa should be voted into the Hall of Fame.
Former Chicago Cubs star Ryne Sandberg says Sammy Sosa doesn't belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
"I don't think so," Sandberg told ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago on Tuesday. "They use the word integrity in describing a Hall of Famer ... and I think there are going to be quite a few players that are not going to get in."
The New York Times last week reported that Sosa was one of 104 players who tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in an anonymous 2003 survey.
Sosa hit 66, 63, 50, 64 and 49 homers for the Cubs from 1998-2002. He hit 40 in 2003, when he was caught using a corked bat.
In a 2005 hearing before Congress, Sosa testified: "To be clear, I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs."
Sandberg said he was "blinded" to Sosa's alleged doping, saying: "I figured he was working out hard during the offseason to get bigger."
Sandberg was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005. The Spokane native manages the Cubs' Class AA Tennessee Smokies farm club.
Arizona: C Chris Snyder went on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.
Chicago: 1B Derrek Lee went 2 for 3, extending his career-high hitting streak to 20 games.
Cincinnati: The Reds activated 1B Joey Votto, who said he spent three-plus weeks on the DL because he was "totally overwhelmed" with grief after the death of his father.
Milwaukee: GM Doug Melvin said he won't trade the Brewers' top prospects, 3B Mat Gamel and SS Alcides Escobar, for desperately needed pitching.
Philadelphia: Ryan Howard returned to the lineup as DH at Tampa Bay. He was hospitalized last weekend with acute sinusitis.
St. Louis: Barack Obama plans to become the fourth president to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before an All-Star Game, which this year is in St. Louis. Obama would follow John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
Washington: A crowd of 41,517 — boosted by fans of Red Sox Nation, including Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry — was the largest yet at 14-month-old Nationals Park.
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