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    CHICAGO (June 3) - Chicago Cubs star Sammy Sosa was ejected in the first inning of Tuesday night's 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after umpires found cork in his shattered bat.

    The Cubs had runners at second and third when Sosa broke his bat with a grounder to second that at first appeared to drive in a run.

    But crew chief Tim McClelland gathered with the other three umpires to examine the bat. Cubs manager Dusty Baker came out and the umpires showed the bat to him.

    Mark Grudzielanek was sent back to third base, the run was wiped off the board and Sosa was ejected as he stood in the dugout.

    Umpires took part of the bat into the Cubs dugout and down the runway toward their clubhouse. McClelland also was the umpire who took away a home run from Kansas City's George Brett in 1983 because of excessive pine tar, a decision later reversed by AL president Lee MacPhail.

    Cork inside a wooden bat is thought to help players hit the ball farther and is against baseball rules. Several players have been caught using altered bats in the past, including Albert Belle, Wilton Guerrero, Chris Sabo, Billy Hatcher and Graig Nettles.

    ``Unfortunately, it's a dirty mark, when you consider all he's accomplished,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said of Sosa. ``It's really unfortunate for the game. Everybody's scratching their heads right now. ... It's embarrassing. He's too good of a player. It's too bad.''

    Sosa just came off the disabled last Friday after having the nail taken off his big right toe and missing 17 games.

    Entering Tuesday, he was just 2-for-15 in his three games since coming off the DL, including one five-strikeout game in which he also had the game-winning single against Houston.

    Sosa, a six-time All-Star who reached 500 career homers earlier this season, hasn't had a homer since May 1 and his power numbers have dropped drastically since he was beaned April 20 by the Pirates' Salomon Torres.

    He has just six homers this season and 24 RBIs, while batting .285.

    Sosa has the most 60-homer seasons (three) in major league history, hitting 66 in 1998, 63 in 1999 and 64 in 2001.

    Chicago's then Comiskey Park was the site of one of baseball's biggest corked bat capers in July 1994 when the bat of Belle, then with Cleveland, was confiscated.

    Umpires took it to their dressing room before an Indians teammate crawled across the ceiling and switched Belle's confiscated bat with one belonging to a teammate.

    Once the caper was discovered, the original bat was finally examined and Belle was suspended for 10 games, a penalty that was reduced to seven games.

    Guerrero, then with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was suspended for eight games in 1997 for using cork in his bat. Sabo, a part-time third baseman with Cincinnati, was suspended for seven games and fined $25,000 for using a corked bat against Houston in 1996.

    Hatcher was suspended for 10 days in 1987 after using a corked bat for Houston. It was the first such ejection since Nettles, then with the New York Yankees, was tossed in 1974 after six superballs came out of his bat during a game against Detroit.

    Chicago won Tuesday's game in the ninth when Al Levine (2-2) threw a wild pitch that allowed Troy O'Leary, who had replaced Sosa, to score from third.

    O'Leary and Moises Alou singled, Hee Seop Choi sacrificed and Levine then threw the wild pitch.

    Mike Remlinger (4-0) got the win with a scoreless ninth.

    Tampa starter Jeremi Gonzalez left with a lead before the Cubs tied the game in the eighth when Lenny Harris hit an RBI grounder.

    Gonzalez, the former Cubs pitcher whose career has been slowed by two elbow operations and knee surgery, took a shutout into the sixth before Choi and Martinez hit back-to-back doubles. He went six innings, allowing seven hits and a run.

    Tampa Bay took the lead off Mark Prior in the second on a two-run single by Damion Easley. Prior allowed eight hits and two runs in eight innings.

    06/03/03 23:50 EDT

    Copyright 2003 The Associated Press.

    [ 06-04-2003, 02:09 AM: Message edited by: Rimfire ]
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  • #2
    I think that Sosa is going to have trouble overcoming this. This is going to haunt him anytime someone mentions his name.

    I think that the hit to the mellon a few weeks ago really hurt his production. He just isn't the same.
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    • #3
      Sammy Sosa was busted using a corked bat after shattering it for an RBI single. UUUGH SAMMY say it ain't so!!!!!

      Man, baseball numbers are ar sacred to me. 61, 755, and so on. I mean, steroids has done enough for these guys, but juiced bats? Jees-us, I feel nausea all over now.

      Blah blah blah, Yeah, overpaid millionaires. I've heard it a thousand times. If someone offered you millions to play this game, I'd say we'd all jump on that bandwagon pretty quick.

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      • #4
        I've always been a big baseball fan and this saddens me deeply. He is such a good player, but it shows how competative the sport really is....too bad for him and the sport.

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        • #5
          quote:
          Originally posted by Vtfuzz:
          [QB]I've always been a big baseball fan and this saddens me deeply. QB]

          tom daschle is also "deeply saddened" by these events.

          it's bad enough that most people think sosa is on the juice anyway, now he compounds the problem with a corked bat. and what a lame excuse -- "oh, those are my 'batting practice' bats"

          over the last few years i've liked sosa less and less and put him up there with bonds in regards to MLB players i could do without. he looks like he could go off into a "'roid rage" at any moment anymore, like he did against a Sports Illustrated writer a few months back when asked about steroid and drug use.

          why is it that the more money you make, the bigger ******* you become???? can someone please explain that concept to me.
          I'll post, You argue.

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          • #6
            Build a hundred bridges, no one remembers your name, cork one bat....... [Eek!]
            Life is like a 3 ring circus and cops have a front row seat. It`s The Greatest Show On Earth.

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            • #7
              I had to laugh when he got ticked at the SI writer.

              He tells everyone he will take a urine test and will be clean.

              The writer says, "lets go take a test." Sosa declines.

              Has anyone else noticed that there are different home run leaders this year? I think the ones that are clean and have been clean are leading the pack.

              1 Dunn Cin 18
              1 Lowell Fla 18
              3 J Gonzalez Tx 17
              3 Sexson Mil 17
              3 A Soriano NYY 17
              6 Boone Sea 16
              6 Delgado Tor 16
              6 A Rod Tx 16
              9 Pujols Stl 15

              6 (including Bonds) tied with 14
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              • #8
                posted by nickg:
                quote:
                over the last few years i've liked sosa less and less and put him up there with bonds in regards to MLB players i could do without. he looks like he could go off into a "'roid rage" at any moment anymore, like he did against a Sports Illustrated writer a few months back when asked about steroid and drug use.

                why is it that the more money you make, the bigger ******* you become???? can someone please explain that concept to me.

                So you're saying that Sosa is as big as an ******* as Bonds? Not quite. Bonds has always been a 'me' player and disliked by his team-mates and the media. The same cant be said for Sosa.

                Did he cheat and get caught, absolutely and he will pay for that indiscretion.

                As for the list of the top homerun leaders, the majority of them were or are on some type of growth enhancement. Baseball has become a game of "going yard", and those that do, are the ones making the Benjamins. The sport isn't pure but then again it never has been.
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                • #9
                  I've never been a big fan of baseball, and I'm curious about this. What advantage does a corked baseball bat offer? Someone at work said that if you hit the ball right, a corked bat would give more "oooompf" to the hit.

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                  • #10
                    Everyone makes booboo's in life. Give the guy a break. He seems like an honest man. Honest men make mistakes. Slap his hand and lets get over this. Its not like the world is going to come to end.
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                    • #11
                      posted by CiaJ:
                      quote:
                      I've never been a big fan of baseball, and I'm curious about this. What advantage does a corked baseball bat offer? Someone at work said that if you hit the ball right, a corked bat would give more "oooompf" to the hit.
                      The reason why one might cork a bat is to lighten the bat so they can generate more bat speed. Therefore they can wait a little longer before unloading on the pitch. Also, it generates more bat speed without losing any length to the bat.

                      A short story that reads like a Glockadinger type fairy-tale (but true).

                      When I first started playing softball back in the early 90's, the majority of the players used heavy bats. I wasn't a "fan" of a heavier bat, and at that time I believe the lowest bat weight that the team had available was a 32 oz bat. We didn't have any long ball hitters that year.

                      The following year, I watched a video by a man named Demarini and he preached bat speed among other things. That year I bought a bat that weighed only 28 oz and tried to pass on my new knowledge to my team-mates, they weren't convinced. Well I used the bat along with another player on the team and we hit some "shots", the other players on the team were convinced rather quickly after that. One team actually thought we were using a titanium bat (banned, illegal and dangerous).

                      [ 06-05-2003, 03:06 AM: Message edited by: Mr.Orange ]
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                      • #12
                        I don't know. How many times have we busted someone that just HAPPEN to have dope in his pocket, or was speeding, or was _____ fill in the violation, and heard, "but officer this is the only time I've ever done this." Riiiiiight. The ONE time you do it and I just happen to catch you. Sure.....

                        I'd bet a king's ransom that most of his homers are legit. But how many did he hit using juiced bats?

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                        • #13
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by Mr.Orange:
                          posted by nickg:
                          quote:
                          over the last few years i've liked sosa less and less and put him up there with bonds in regards to MLB players i could do without. he looks like he could go off into a "'roid rage" at any moment anymore, like he did against a Sports Illustrated writer a few months back when asked about steroid and drug use.

                          why is it that the more money you make, the bigger ******* you become???? can someone please explain that concept to me.

                          So you're saying that Sosa is as big as an ******* as Bonds? Not quite. Bonds has always been a 'me' player and disliked by his team-mates and the media. The same cant be said for Sosa.

                          Did he cheat and get caught, absolutely and he will pay for that indiscretion.

                          As for the list of the top homerun leaders, the majority of them were or are on some type of growth enhancement. Baseball has become a game of "going yard", and those that do, are the ones making the Benjamins. The sport isn't pure but then again it never has been.

                          i don't put sosa in the class of bonds as far as *******s go by any means. you're right....bonds has ALWAYS been about "me me me". sosa has been liked by fans and the media over the last few years. i was just making a general statement regarding how many people turn into idiots with the more money they get. it just seems like a bank account is a ticket to stupidity with a lot of sports and entertainment stars.

                          but like i said, i still think there is a problem with steroids somewhere. not that i could swear on that but a lot of fans and media people seem to have the same thoughts as well, especially as evidenced by his SI reporter tirade. so who knows for sure.

                          now supposedly MLB x-rayed 76 other bats of sosa's and they ALL came up negative. is that a vindication? hard to say since most ball players DO know the difference between a regular bat and a corked one because of the weight. i would still find it hard to believe that sosa couldn't notice the difference as he grabbed one and stepped up to the plate.

                          so we'll just have to see how this story pans out over the next week or two. but sosa will probably get a 10 game suspension and MAYBE have it reduced to 7 on appeal.

                          [ 06-05-2003, 08:19 AM: Message edited by: nickg ]
                          I'll post, You argue.

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                          • #14
                            The Top Ten by David Letterman

                            Top Ten Sammy Sosa Explanations

                            10. "My mind was clouded by the anabolic steroids"

                            9. "Damn Al-Qaeda"

                            8. "I may be a strong guy, but those bats is heavy"

                            7. "I wanted to catch the premiere of 'American Juniors' -- man, those kids can sing!"

                            6. "Hans Blix checked my bat for three months without finding any cork"

                            5. "Wanted to do something to take the heat off my girlfriend, Martha Stewart"

                            4. "Threat of rain necessitated a more buoyant bat"

                            3. "If you hit home runs you get paid $20 million a year, dumb ***"

                            2. "I was Punk'd"

                            1. "Pete Rose bet me I wouldn't do it"
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                            • #15
                              Was there this much consternation a century ago when a pitcher got caught throwing the first spitter?

                              [ 06-05-2003, 03:09 PM: Message edited by: ateamer ]
                              Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

                              I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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