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Sammy Sosa Ejected
Posted 04 June 2003 - 10:53 AM
So do we all think he truly made a mistake or was it just another story of personal gain here
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Posted 04 June 2003 - 11:31 AM
I expect that a close look at the other bats in Sammy's arsenal will not show any other corked bats. If that's the case, then I'm leaning toward buying his explanation.
Posted 04 June 2003 - 12:02 PM
I think it throws a shadow on all of his accomplishments.
Posted 04 June 2003 - 12:55 PM
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Posted 04 June 2003 - 03:32 PM
The rest of his bats have been confiscated and if there are more corked bats, than I am sure MLB will gladly let the public know. Until then, Ill give the man the benefit of the doubt.
Posted 04 June 2003 - 04:03 PM
Now if this was his "show" bat, and not an "official" bat, then what's it even doing in the dugout during a game? Also if it's just a show bat, why not have a custom built carbon fiber bat or something since after all, it's just a "show" bat??
How about Albert Belle's fine career?
Posted 05 June 2003 - 11:29 AM
Rick Reilly from Sports Illustrated continues his feud with Sosa (They got into it when Reilly tried to get Sosa to agree to an instant drug test during an interview, which ended with Sosa going nuts on him), by arguing that all of Sosa's HRs should have asterisks on them now.... Please.... Let's not overreact people.....
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Posted 05 June 2003 - 11:41 AM
Posted 05 June 2003 - 11:50 AM
All having more would do is make it more likely he would be caught.
I haven't seen anything in the media about the "C" mark. The catcher could have thought the C stood for "Cubs."
Posted 05 June 2003 - 10:49 PM
Posted 06 June 2003 - 01:35 AM
76 bats is not anything out of the ordinary. I don't remember specific numbers of just how many bats each player is provided at the beginning of the season, but its a significant number. Breaking a bat is a common event, even with uncorked bats. Each player's bats, especially sluggers like Sosa, are made to his particular specifications, within the required specs. When the team travels they don't take all of each players bats, but in a case like this, all of Sosa's bats on hand at the time would be tested.
Originally posted by Wedgecon
Do major league hitters really need 76 Bats? Does each player have this many? I would think they would take a lot of space.
Posted 06 June 2003 - 12:01 PM
When I played baseball/softball in school ages ago, there were two types of bats: aluminum and wood, each with their advantages and dis-advantages. When they manufacture baseball bats, they have specifications to work by, including length, width, and weight. And, if I'm correct, they have different weights of the bats.
So, why would they use a corked bat in practice at all? Is it lighter so that the player can practice their swing during warmups? And, where is the corking placed?
Sosa is appealing the MLB ruling, and they went through the effort of checking all of his bats, including the ones in the hall of fame, for possible corking. None was found, and from what reaction I have seen, there may have been a case of a honest mistake.
But, on the other hand, it is ultimately the player's responsibility to make sure that the bat he was using isn't a corked bat.
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Posted 06 June 2003 - 03:05 PM