By way of reminder, a candidate must be named on at least 75 percent of submitted BBWAA ballots in order to be elected into the Hall of Fame. Up this time around is a man whose body of work in Major League Baseball has become underrated in my view:
Covering Sosa from my then-assigned pressbox seat at Wrigley Field and in a handful of games in Milwaukee seems it took place last month. The recriminations have been heavy ever since about how this race was fueled with McGwire and Sosa both achieving home-run totals that previously were straight out of science fiction.
There is never more head-shaking and hand-wringing than when the new Cooperstown inductees are announced. Thome missed by one season playing on the White Sox with Frank Thomas, yet another natural strongman who decried players who apparently inflated their numbers by chemical means.
And Major League Baseball itself is no longer policing the internet with secret-police zeal.
Entire vintage ballgame telecasts are now routinely posted on YouTube. I remember two distinct things. Saturday game went long and I got out of there after dark, famished and ready to crash. Crowds will still milling about Wrigley Field on that warm evening. On Sunday, a mob had gathered on Waveland Avenue waiting manna from heaven from Sammy.
They got it, when his second homer off Eric Plunk landed on the parkway in front of the Waveland Avenue building that had a WGN ad, then various beer ads on its sloped roof.
The ball ricocheted into a northbound alley with hundreds in pursuit, making the image like the running with the bulls. The game was then stopped for nearly 10 minutes as the Wrigley Field ground crew cleaned up the celebratory litter.
Barnum had gauged the consumer mood correctly. The average fan uses sports or other forms of entertainment as a release, to get away from everyday worries. One WGN shot from the YouTube video that summed it up was a Sosa fan with tears welling up as he held his young son, wearing a Sammy jersey.
The same concept was at work when fans reacted so negatively to NFL players taking a knee en masse during National Anthems last fall. Ignoring the real reason why the players demonstrated, the fans simply wanted the games to go on with no interference from the outside world.
The consuming public never blackballed cheaters in a different era. Phil Regan was practically strip-searched on the mound at Wrigley Field with funny-breaking pitches being called balls inbut at 80 was still a pitching coach last year after once managing the Orioles.
We expect too much of fans. For a few hours, they try to make themselves one with their heroes. In those tapes, Wrigley Field was not a sea of blue Cubs apparel.
So if you want to sputter about the supposed blissful ignorance of the masses during the McGwire-Sosa race, just put yourself back in the crowd at the time.
The atmosphere was the ultimate escapism, evoking pure joy. Who wanted to worry about how the sluggers got to their inflated beings? Just put on a good show, please. It was human nature in the most unforgiving game to try to cheat.
Really, to err, is human.Stigma against Hall of Fame candidate Sammy Sosa has made him underrated He's tied for the most plus homer seasons all-time with Mark McGwire and Babe Ruth at four.
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Oracle of Baseball, Uniform Number Tracker, Cups of Coffee, Pronunciation Guide, Birthplaces, Players by School Attended, . MLB Draft Draft, Draft, Draft, MLB Number One Picks, Height: Meter. Feb 22, · Watch video · While Mark McGwire has been welcomed back into the MLB fold, Sammy Sosa remains on the outside. Perhaps its due to his lack of accountability for his own actions. (TIM PARKER/REUTERS). The Major League Baseball home run chase in Major League Baseball was the race between first baseman Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals and right fielder Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs that resulted in both players breaking Roger Maris 's long-standing and highly coveted record of 61 home runs.
The Major League Baseball home run chase in Major League Baseball was the race between first baseman Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals and right fielder Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs that resulted in both players breaking Roger Maris's long-standing and highly coveted record of 61 home runs.
McGwire broke Maris's record on September. If you’re a baseball fan, your first instinct is probably one of either Mike Trout/Bryce Harper/Aaron Judge. Mark McGwire; Sammy Sosa; Bernie Williams by comparison, had 86 percent. Clark played 16 years in the MLB from and was a rising young star for the Detroit Tigers when McGwire and Sosa were making baseball the center of ESPNs daily highlights.
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