1/9 Sosa: “It’s an honor” to be on HOF ballot
Sammy Sosa said it was a “great honor” to be included on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot, and adds that even though he wasn’t elected on Wednesday, “there is always a next time.”
For the first time since 1996, the Baseball Writers Association of America did not elect anyone into the Hall of Fame. Sosa, the former Cubs slugger who belted 609 home runs in his career, received 71 votes (12.5 percent). A candidate must receive 75 percent of the vote from eligible BBWAA members to gain election to the Hall of Fame. Craig Biggio was the highest vote-getter in the results announced Wednesday, receiving 388 votes (68.2 percent). Former Cubs closer Lee Smith received 272 votes (47.8 percent).
“It has been a moment of great honor for me to have my name on the ballot for the first time along with some of the game’s greats,” Sosa said in a statement released Wednesday. “Even if we weren’t inducted on our first time, we are still winners and there is always a next time. God has blessed me with a beautiful family, great career, and I know He will determine my future in the years to come. Baseball has been very, very good to me. Kiss to the heavens.”
Sosa did receive enough votes to be included on next year’s Hall of Fame ballot. This was the eighth time the BBWAA did not elect someone into Cooperstown since the voting began in 1936.
– Carrie Muskat