Sosa swinging at a pitch while with the Baltimore Orioles in 2005
|Free Agent — No. The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. --|
|Designated hitter / Right fielder|
|Born: November 12, 1968 |
San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|Major League Baseball debut|
|June 16, 1989 for the Texas Rangers|
|Selected MLB statistics|
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Samuel Sosa Montero (born November 12, 1968 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a designated hitter and right fielder in Major League Baseball and is currently a free agent. The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington Texas, United States, representing the Dallas-Ft Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Oakland Athletics over San Francisco Giants (4-0 Dave Stewart, Champions Major League Baseball Regular Season Champions Other champions Minor League Baseball The Chicago White Sox are a professional Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Cincinnati Reds over Oakland Athletics (4-0 José Rijo, MVP Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Minnesota Twins over Atlanta Braves (4-3 Jack Morris, MVP The Chicago Cubs are a Professional Baseball franchise based in Chicago, Illinois. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Toronto Blue Jays over Atlanta Braves (4-2 Pat Borders, MVP Headline events of the year The Boston Red Sox win their first World Series since, ending the Curse of the Bambino. The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. 2005 Major League Baseball season Headline events of the year Chicago White Sox swept the Houston Astros to win the World Series Events 764 - Tibetan troops occupy Chang'an, the capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, for fifteen days Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. San Pedro de Macorís is a municipality ( Municipio) and the capital of the San Pedro de Macorís province in the Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic ( Spanish: República Dominicana;) is a nation located in the Caribbean region and shares the island of Hispaniola with In Baseball, the designated hitter rule is the common name for Major League Baseball Rule 6 Position description Outfielders must cover large distances so speed instincts and quickness to react to the ball are key
Sosa's Major League career began when he broke in with the Texas Rangers in 1989. The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington Texas, United States, representing the Dallas-Ft In the intervening years, he has played for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles. The Chicago White Sox are a professional Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs are a Professional Baseball franchise based in Chicago, Illinois. The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland.  He ended the 2005 season with 588 career home runs, placing him fifth on the all-time home run list. 2005 Major League Baseball season Headline events of the year Chicago White Sox swept the Houston Astros to win the World Series The following is a chronology of the top ten leaders in lifetime Home runs in Major League Baseball. After sitting out the 2006 season, Sosa signed with the Rangers in a comeback attempt in early 2007, and he made the team as a designated hitter. Champions Major League Baseball Regular Season Champions Other champions Minor League Baseball While playing for the Rangers on June 20th, 2007 against the Cubs, his former team, Sosa hit his 600th home run, becoming the 5th player in professional baseball to achieve that mark. In Major League Baseball, the 500 Home Run Club is an informal term applied to the group of players who have hit 500 or more career Home runs The first member of the He is also the all-time home run leader among foreign-born Major League Baseball players.
Sosa's alleged involvement in the era of Major League Baseball's steroid scandal has harmed his reputation. The History of baseball in the United States can be traced to the 18th century when amateurs played a baseball-like game by their own informal rules using improvised equipment The 2007 Mitchell Report did not name Sosa in its list of players identified in the course of the investigation, although Sosa was mentioned in a related affidavit by Federal Agent Jeff Novitzky dealing with the use of amphetamines. The Report to the Commissioner of Baseball of an Independent Investigation into the Illegal Use of Steroids and Other Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball Jeff Novitzky is a Special agent for the Internal Revenue Service who has been investigating the use of steroids in professional sports for over five years Amphetamine, and related drugs such as Methamphetamine are a group of drugs that act by increasing levels of Norepinephrine, Serotonin, and Dopamine 
Sosa wears number 21 in honor of his childhood hero, Roberto Clemente. Roberto Clemente Walker (August 18 1934 &ndash December 31 1972 was a professional baseball player and a Major League Baseball Right fielder.
Sosa is known to family and friends as "Mikey". His maternal grandmother, who had suggested his birth name of Samuel, also came up with his nickname: "[She] heard the name on a soap opera she liked and decided from that moment on I would be Mikey. "
Although his officially registered birthplace is San Pedro de Macorís, Sosa was actually born in Consuelo. Consuelo is a municipality ( Municipio) of the San Pedro de Macorís province in the Dominican Republic. San Pedro de Macorís was "the largest town nearby. " Both Consuelo and San Pedro de Macorís are in San Pedro de Macorís Province. San Pedro de Macorís is a province of the Dominican Republic, also the name of its capital city 
Sosa made his major league debut on June 16, 1989 with the Texas Rangers, and he hit first career home run off Roger Clemens. Events 1487 - Battle of Stoke Field, the last dying breath of the Wars of the Roses. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Oakland Athletics over San Francisco Giants (4-0 Dave Stewart, William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio) is an American Right-handed Pitcher in Major Later in the season, the Rangers traded Sammy to the Chicago White Sox. He played two full seasons for the White Sox and was traded, along with pitcher Ken Patterson, to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder George Bell before the 1992 season. Kenneth Brian Patterson (born July 8, 1964 in Costa Mesa, California) is a former professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues The Chicago Cubs are a Professional Baseball franchise based in Chicago, Illinois. Jorge (George Antonio Bell Mathey (born October 21, 1959, San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a former Left fielder and Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Toronto Blue Jays over Atlanta Braves (4-2 Pat Borders, MVP
After years as a respected power/speed threat with a rocket arm in right field, he emerged during the 1998 season as one of baseball's greatest. Headline events of the year Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey Jr It was in this season that both Sosa and Mark McGwire passed Roger Maris's single season home run mark of 61 home runs that had stood since 1961. Mark David McGwire (born October 1 1963 in Pomona California) is a former professional baseball player who played the majority of his Major League career with the Roger Eugene Maris ( September 10 1934 &ndash December 14 1985) was an American Right fielder in Major League Baseball Sosa ended the season with 66, behind McGwire's 70. However, Sammy had become the first Major League batter ever to hit 65 homers in a season. Then, McGwire passed him late in the season to become the first ever to hit 70.
Also in 1998, Sosa's 416 total bases were the most in a single season since Stan Musial's 429 in 1948. Stanley Frank Musial (born November 21, 1920) originally Stanisław Franciszek Musiał, (ˈmjuːziəl nicknamed "Stan the Man" and Sosa won the National League Most Valuable Player Award for leading the Cubs into the playoffs in 1998, earning every first-place vote except for the two cast by St. Louis writers, who voted for McGwire. The Most Valuable Player Award (commonly known as the MVP award is an annual award given to one outstanding player in each league of Major League Baseball. He and McGwire shared Sports Illustrated magazine's 1998 "Sportsman of the Year" award. Sports Illustrated is an American Sports Magazine owned by media conglomerate Time Warner. Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the " Sosa was honored with a ticker-tape parade in his honor in New York City, and he was invited to be a guest at US President Bill Clinton's 1999 State of the Union Address. A ticker-tape parade is a Parade event held in a downtown urban setting allowing the jettison of large amounts of shredded paper products from nearby Office The City of New York William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19 1946 served as the forty-second President of the United States Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) 1998 was also the first time the Cubs made the post-season since 1989. The Cubs qualified as the NL Wild Card team, but were swept by the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS. The National League Division Series ( NLDS) the opening round of the 1998 National League playoffs began on Tuesday September 29, and ended
In the 1999 season, Sosa hit 63 home runs, again trailing Mark McGwire who hit 65. In the 2000 season, Sammy finally led the league by hitting 50 home runs.
In 2001, he hit 64 home runs, becoming the first player to hit 60 home runs in three seasons in his career. However, he did not lead the league in any of those seasons; in 2001, he finished behind Barry Bonds, who hit 73 homers, breaking the single-season HR record set by McGwire in 1998 (70). Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24 1964 is a Major League Baseball Outfielder who is currently a Free agent. In the same season he set personal records in runs scored (146), RBIs (160), walks (116), on base percentage (. 437), slugging percentage (. 737), and batting average (. 328).  He led the majors in runs and RBIs, was 2nd in home runs, 2nd in slugging percentage, 1st in total bases, 3rd in walks, 4th in on base percentage, 12th in batting average, and 15th in hits. He also surpassed his 1998 number in total bases, racking up 425. Sosa once again led the league in home runs with 49 in 2002. Known as a free-swinger in his early years, and as a good strikeout candidate, Sammy became an effective hitter for average. He owns numerous team records for the Cubs, and he holds the major-league record for the most home runs hit in a month (20, in June 1998). In recognition of his accomplishments as a hitter, Sosa won the Silver Slugger award (an award for offensive output, voted on by managers and coaches) in 1995 and in 1998 through 2002. The 
In 2003 the Cubs won the National League Central Division title. The year was not all good news for Sosa, however. In May, he spent his first period on the disabled list since 1996 after having an injured toenail removed. Sosa finished the season with 40 home runs, and he hit two more in the National League Championship Series against the Florida Marlins. The Florida Marlins are a professional baseball team based in Miami Gardens Florida.
In May 2004, Sosa suffered an odd injury while sitting next to his locker chatting with reporters before a game in San Diego's PETCO Park. PETCO Park is an open-air Stadium in downtown San Diego, California. He sneezed violently, causing severe back pain. He was diagnosed with back spasms and placed on the disabled list. In Major League Baseball, the disabled list (DL is a method for teams to remove their injured players from the roster in order to summon healthy players Later, he fell into one of the worst slumps of his career, only snapping out of it during the last week of the season. He finished with 35 homers, far below his numbers of his best years.
Many noted that Sosa's production went into a tail-spin immediately after he was hit in the head by a Salomon Torres pitch in April 2003, and he never recovered to former levels. Salomón Ramirez Torres (born March 11, 1972 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is the closer for the Milwaukee Brewers
On June 3, 2003, Sosa was ejected from a Chicago Cubs-Tampa Bay Devil Rays game in the first inning when umpires discovered he had been using a corked bat. Events 350 - Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, proclaims himself Roman Emperor, entering The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St In Baseball, a corked bat is a specially modified Baseball bat that has been filled with cork or similar light less dense substances to make the bat lighter  Major League Baseball confiscated and tested 76 of Sosa's other bats after his ejection; all were found to be clean, with no cork. Five bats he had sent to the Hall of Fame in past years were also tested, and were all clean as well.  Sosa stated that he had accidentally used the corked bat, which he claimed he only used during batting practice. On June 6, Sosa was suspended for eight games. Events 1508 - Maximilian I Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year  However, the suspension was reduced to seven games after appeal on June 11. Events 1184 BC - Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned according to the calculations of Eratosthenes. 
The final straw for the Cubs seemed to be an incident in late 2004. Sosa requested to sit out the last game of the season, which was at home against the Atlanta Braves, and he left Wrigley Field early in the game. Sosa attempted to deny this, but had been caught by security cameras leaving Wrigley Field early in the game. On January 28, 2005, the Cubs traded Sosa to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston, Jr., infielder Mike Fontenot, and RHP Dave Crouthers. Events 1077 - Walk to Canossa: The Excommunication of Henry IV Holy Roman Emperor is lifted The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. Jerry Wayne Hairston Jr (born May 29, 1976 in Naperville Illinois) nicknamed "Pork Rind" is a Major League Baseball Michael Eugene "Mike" Fontenot (born June 9, 1980 in) is a Major League Baseball Infielder for the Chicago Cubs. To facilitate the deal, Sosa and his agent agreed to waive the clause that guaranteed his 2006 salary, and the players' union indicated it would not object to that agreement. A sports agent is a person who procures and negotiates employment and Endorsement deals for an athlete. The Major League Baseball Players Association (or MLBPA) is the union of professional major-league baseball players Under the deal, Sosa earned $17,875,000 for the 2005 season, with the Cubs paying $7 million of his salary. By playing for the 2005 Orioles alongside fellow 500-home-run batter Rafael Palmeiro, Sosa and Palmeiro became the first 500 home run club members in history to play together on the same team after reaching the 500 home run plateau. Rafael Palmeiro Corrales (born September 24, 1964 in Havana, Cuba) is a former Major League Baseball player with a career spanning In Major League Baseball, the 500 Home Run Club is an informal term applied to the group of players who have hit 500 or more career Home runs The first member of the
[Hank Aaron reached 500 homers shortly after his teammate Eddie Matthews (512 homers) retired. Wille McCovey reacher 500 shortly after his teammate Willie Mays had left the Giants. ]
After slumping throughout the season, Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli dropped Sosa to as low as the 7th spot in the batting order, and then he shortly benched him. Lee Louis Mazzilli, (born March 25,, in Brooklyn, New York) is a former Major League Baseball player coach and manager. Sosa finished the 2005 season batting . 221 with 14 home runs, his worst performance since 1992, and continuing his post-2001 trend of declines in batting average, homers, total bases, and RBI. On 7 December 2005, the Orioles decided not to offer him an arbitration contract, effectively ending his Baltimore Orioles tenure and making him a free agent. In Professional sports a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired and the player is able to sign a contract with another team if that player
In 2005, The Sporting News published an update of their 1999 book Baseball's 100 Greatest Players. Sporting News (previously The Sporting News, and known colloquially as TSN) is an American -based Sports Sosa did not make the original edition, but for the 2005 update, with his career totals considerably higher, he was ranked at Number 95. Sammy has had nine consecutive years with 35+ home runs and 100+ RBIs, all with the Chicago Cubs. 
At the end of January 2006, the Washington Nationals offered Sosa two different minor-league offers, both of which he turned down. The Washington Nationals is an American professional baseball team based in Washington D On February 15, 2006, Sosa's agent Adam Katz stated: "We're not going to put him on the retirement list. Events 590 - Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia 1637 - Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. We decided that [not putting him on that list] was the best thing to do. But I can say, with reasonable certainty, that we've seen Sammy in a baseball uniform for the last time. "
During this year, Sosa accompanied President Fernandez of the Dominican Republic on several diplomatic trips including to the United States, Japan, and Taiwan. Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna (born 26 December 1953) is a Dominican politician and the current President of the Dominican Republic.
The Texas Rangers, Sammy Sosa's original team, signed him to a minor league deal worth $500,000 on January 30, 2007. The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington Texas, United States, representing the Dallas-Ft Events 1648 - Eighty Years' War: The Treaty of Münster is signed ending the conflict between the Netherlands and Spain Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. This was the same contract that Sosa turned down the previous year from the Nationals. The contract included an invitation to spring training, where Sosa competed for a spot in the lineup with Nelson Cruz, Jason Botts, and other rookies/prospects.  Sosa was successful during spring training and was added to the team's 25-man roster. He started the 2007 season as the Rangers' designated hitter and occasional right fielder.
On 26 April 2007, Sosa made history by hitting a home run in his 44th major league ballpark. He has also homered in The Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports, near Orlando, Florida, a usually minor-league park that had a regular season series between the Rangers and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in May of 2007. Champion Stadium is a 9500 seat Baseball stadium located at Disney's Wide World of Sports in the Walt Disney World Resort. The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St Champions Major League Baseball Regular Season Champions Other champions Minor League Baseball
On 20 June, 2007, Sammy homered in the 5th inning on a pitch from Jason Marquis in an inter-league game against his old team, the Chicago Cubs. Jason Scott Marquis (mɑrˈkiː (born August 21, 1978) is an American Major League Baseball Pitcher for the Sammy became only the fifth man in history, following Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds, to hit 600 regular season home runs. George Herman Ruth Jr (February 6 1895 &ndash August 16 1948 also popularly known as " Babe " " The Bambino " and " The Sultan of Willie Howard Mays Jr (born May 6 1931 is a retired American Baseball player who played the majority of his career with the New York and San Francisco Giants Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron (born February 5 1934 in Mobile Alabama) nicknamed "Hammer" "Hammerin' Hank” or "Bad Henry” is a retired Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24 1964 is a Major League Baseball Outfielder who is currently a Free agent.
The home run was the first one that Sosa had recorded against the Cubs, and as a result he has hit a home run against every active MLB team. Sosa is the Cubs all-time home run leader with 545 home runs with that team.
Sosa became a free agent after the season. In Professional sports a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired and the player is able to sign a contract with another team if that player
On May 28 2008, Sammy Sosa announced that he is planning to retire from Major League Baseball. Sosa also instructed his agent not to offer his services to any Major League team for the 2008 season.  He might play some games for a Dominican Republic national team.