Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg said his former teammate Sammy Sosa does not belong in the Hall because of integrity issues associated with the steroids era.

The New York Times reported that Sosa was one of the 104 players in 2003 who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Appearing on the “Waddle & Silvy” show on ESPN 1000, Sandberg said “I don’t think so,” when asked if Sosa belongs in the Hall of Fame.

“They use the word ‘integrity’ in describing a Hall of Famer in the logo of the Hall of Fame, and I think there are gonna be quite a few players that are not going to get in,” Sandberg said. “It’s been evident with the sportswriters who vote them in, with what they’ve done with Mark McGwire getting in the 20 percent range.

“We have some other players coming up like [Rafael] Palmeiro coming up soon, and it’ll be up to the sportswriters to speak loud and clear about that. I don’t see any of those guys getting in.”

Sandberg and Sosa were Cubs teammates from 1992 to ’94 and from ’96 to ’97.

“I was around Sammy for about five years before I retired, and there wasn’t anything going on then,” Sandberg said. “I did admire the hard work he put in. He was one of the first guys down to the batting cage, hitting extra. I figured he was working out hard in the offseason to get bigger. It was just happening throughout the game, that even myself was blinded by what was really happening, maybe starting in the ’98 season.

“I think it’s very unfortunate. I think suspicions were there as they are with some other players. Those players are now put in a category of being tainted players with tainted stats. I think it’s obviously something that was going on in the game. Players participated in it and as the names have come out I think that they will be punished for that.”

Sandberg said that punishment should include being banned from Cooperstown.

“It’s something that’s against the law and against society,” Sandberg said. “It was cheating in the sport.

“I think it has to be spoken very loud and clear on the stance, and baseball needs to stand as they have. I’m very, very satisfied with the testing program they have in place now. For a guy who’s tested positive today under what happens now like Manny Ramirez, it almost takes an idiot to participate in that. For the society, for the up-and-coming players and youth out there, I don’t think those guys should be recognized at all.”

Comments

  1. jimbo says:

    Sosa, McGuire,Bonds etc. belong in the Hall, period. If they took steroids which I have no doubt they did, they did it before they were banned. If they don’t belong than you can take Ed Walsh (he who has the lowest career ERA) among many others of that time out of the Hall,they threw spitters BEFORE they were banned. Also you can put an asterisk beside all the pitching records of the 1960s, and take Sandy Koufax among others of the time out of the Hall, they threw off of foot high pitchers mounds BEFORE it was in the rule books that they had to be no higher than 10 inches. Take out anyone ever accused of or caught (?) stealing signs. While we’re taking people out of (or not allowing in) the Hall lets take out Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker who had an eye witness statement against them for rigging a game in 1917, which wasn’t enough for Landis to ban them when he did it to the Black Sox on just about as much. Basically it comes down to no matter the modus operandi, players are going to cross the line to get an edge, if you take out or leave out every player who ever crossed such a line, the Hall of Fame will be a very lonely few.

  2. sazky says:

    all this medicaments are shit.And all players should be suspesed.

  3. Mike Jones says:

    Uhhh….why do so many people, like jimbo, feel that b/c steroids”weren’t banned in baseball yet” that it’s OK? Hello, STEROIDS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE USA. Since when do baseball’s rules trump the actual law? Sandy Koufax pitching off a high mound wasn’t not illegal, nor would he go to prison for it. In 1996, I wasn’t playing baseball – but if I got caught with a box full of anabolic steroids, I would have been arrested! It’s the most ridiculous argument out there.
    If you owned a business – and you ran your business legally, and your competition ran his illegally, and that cost you a lot of money – wouldn’t you want that person arrested, so that you’re not suffering for refusing to break the law?

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