January 20, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports) BY: Nate York
Sammy Sosa vs the Hall of Fame
Former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza, and former Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. were inducted into the Hall of Fame. They both had outstanding careers and deserve to have their name engraved at Cooperstown. But there is a very important side note to this story. Legendary Chicago Cub, Sammy Sosa, only received 7% of the 440 total votes, barely enough to stay on the ballot for next year. Sosa’s case for the Hall of Fame is one that needs to be heard once more.
Sosa saved Major League Baseball, well him and Mark McGwire! The 1998 home run race between Sosa and McGwire reignited a love for baseball throughout the country. After the 93’ lockout, MLB baseball was dead. Total attendance dropped from (approx.) 70 million to 50 million. For fans, the most vivid picture of this drought was the game Kerry Wood struck out 20 batters, early in the 98’ season, before the race started to heat up. Whenever I watch this incredible performance, I’m always amazed to see how desolate Wrigley Field is. I could compare it to the attendance at a minor league, or college baseball game when it’s raining. But at the end of the year, total attendance rose back to a healthy (approx.) 70 million.
But Of course there is a downfall to this. Five years later, Sosa tested positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). And in 2010, McGwire admitted to doing the same. I understand that using PEDs is disgraceful, and foolish, but without McGwire and Sosa, baseball may have never came back from the dead. The Game of baseball should be eternally grateful to these men, despite their poor choices and use of PEDs. It is time to repay the men who saved baseball!
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