Former two-time National League home run king Sammy Sosa still denies he ever used performance-enhancing drugs during his playing career.
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, Sosa continually denied he took PEDs.
“I never had a test positive in this country,” Sosa said.
Bringing up the difference between not testing positive and not taking PEDs, Schaap pressed Sosa on the issue, but Sosa held steady in his denial.
“Once again, I never tested positive,” Sosa said.
Sosa’s non-denial denial runs opposite to Mark McGwire, who admitted in 2010 that he did use steroids during his playing career.
Sosa and McGwire are both famous for breaking Roger Maris’ single-season home run record of 61 in 1998 by belting 66 and 70 homers, respectively.
McGwire admitted he was taking PEDs when he was chasing the record, but Sosa hasn’t, not even when the The New York Times reported in 2009 that Sosa did actually test positive.
So, was Sosa juicing during his Major League career – a career that includes 609 home runs, three separate 60-homer seasons, six Silver Slugger Awards and seven all-star appearances?
Given those gaudy accomplishments you’d think Sosa would be a sure-fire Hall of Famer, yet this year was his sixth year of eligibility (out of a maximum of 10) and he only garnered 7.8 per cent of the vote.
It’s pretty clear what most of the baseball world thinks of Sosa, even if he believes he’s done nothing wrong.