Former Chicago Cubs star Ryne Sandberg says Sammy Sosa doesn’t belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“I don’t think so,” the Spokane native told ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago on Tuesday. “Part of being 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 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, while he was with the Cubs. A congressional committee is looking into the allegations.
During a 2005 hearing before Congress, Sosa sat alongside Rafael Palmeiro, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire and testified: “To be clear, I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs.”
Sandberg played 16 major league seasons, all but one with the Cubs, and hit 282 homers while batting .285. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 and is the manager of the Cubs’ Double-A Tennessee Smokies in Sevierville, Tenn.
Obama to make pitch
President Barack Obama plans to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the All-Star Game in St. Louis on July 14.
Obama will be the fourth president to throw out the first pitch at an All-Star Game, following John F. Kennedy (1962 in Washington), Richard Nixon (1970 in Cincinnati) and Gerald Ford (1976 in Philadelphia). In addition, Franklin D. Roosevelt attended the 1937 game in Washington, and George H.W. Bush went to the 1991 game at Toronto with Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the 1992 game at San Diego with President Carlos Salinas de Gortari of Mexico.
Ford (1978 in San Diego) and Ronald Reagan (1989 in Anaheim) attended as former presidents.
Suspended Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez, making his first appearance with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, was asked about steroids. “I’m not talking about it anymore,” he said. “I already said what I’m going to say. I’m here to do my rehab, you know, and (go) to the game and get a couple at-bats and get back to the big-league team.” ... Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay, out since June 12 with a mild groin strain, threw a bullpen session and is scheduled to return to the rotation Monday against Tampa Bay. ... The Diamondbacks placed catcher Chris Snyder on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain and promoted catcher Luke Carlin from Triple-A Reno. ... Royals center fielder Coco Crisp will have season-ending surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder today. ... Padres outfielder Brain Giles was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a right knee contusion. ... Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez had back surgery, a season-ending procedure he hopes will salvage his career. ... Phillies slugger Ryan Howard was in the starting lineup as the designated hitter at Tampa Bay after being hospitalized over the weekend with acute sinusitis. ... Reds first baseman Joey Votto grew so “totally overwhelmed” with grief and anxiety about the August death of his father that he needed time off from baseball to recover. Votto made the revelation hours after he was activated off the disabled list. Votto went on the DL May 30 with stress-related issues. ... The Chicago chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America is taking up the question of what to do with “Steroid Era” players and the Hall of Fame. The writers plan to meet Friday to discuss whether there should be any guidelines for voting in light of the drug scandal. ... Mark Teixeira of the Yankees has regained the lead by 35,632 votes over Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox in a back-and-forth race to be elected the starting American League first baseman for the All-Star Game. ... Major League Baseball president Bob DuPuy denied the protest filed by the Yankees after Sunday’s disputed loss to the Florida Marlins. The Yankees claimed the Marlins made a mistake while substituting players. ... The Orioles recalled reliever Chris Ray from Triple-A Norfolk. ... Minor league pitchers Jose Hernandez of the Mets and Dail Villanueva of the Cardinals have been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.