1/7 Sosa waits for HOF results
The Sammy Sosa Inspiration Field and Cubs Care Park, which was unveiled in September 2002 at the New City YMCA in Chicago, is gone. It was demolished for a proposed retail complex. Sosa’s No. 21 has been handed out to Cubs players such as Jason Marquis, Milton Bradley, Tyler Colvin and Joe Mather.
But Sammy hasn’t been forgotten. On Wednesday, Sosa will find out if he will be elected into the Hall of Fame. This is the first year he’s on the ballot. What’s he been up to since his last at-bat in September 2007?
He welcomed his fifth child, a daughter, in December 2011. He’s become involved in business ventures, including Riverhead Homes, which provides steel-framed houses built to withstand natural disasters. Riverhead is attempting to develop a residential community in Jamaica and Haiti.
Last year, Sosa took another step in his effort to make a difference. He expanded his business interests and became chief executive officer of INJEX, which has created a needle-free drug delivery system designed to help people afraid of needles who must subject themselves to daily self-injections, such as diabetics. His motivation to get involved was personal: Sosa worked at a hospital in the Dominican Republic when he was young and remembers getting poked by used needles in the garbage. He also put off seeing a dentist because of his fear of needles. Dentists now can treat their patients and ease that fear by using the needle-free device. A Miami dentist is using INJEX and getting good reviews from his patients.
A candidate must receive 75 percent of the vote from eligible Baseball Writers’ Association of America members to gain election to the Hall of Fame. Shortstop Barry Larkin (86.4 percent) earned his ticket to Cooperstown on the 2012 ballot. Starting pitcher Jack Morris (66.7 percent) and first baseman Jeff Bagwell (56 percent) are the top returning vote-getters from last year’s ballot.
Sosa finished his career with 609 home runs, and is the only player with three seasons of at least 60 homers each.
— Carrie Muskat