Results tagged ‘ Sammy Sosa ’

9/16 A little RBI history

At the end of June, Derrek Lee led the Cubs with 39 RBIs. He now has 101 for the season. It’s rare for a player to have less than 40 RBIs at the end of June and still reach 100 for the year.  The last three Cubs to do so are:

Sammy Sosa: 36 RBIs end of June 2003; finished with 103

Ron Santo: 39 RBIs end of June 1970; finished with 114

Ernie Banks: 35 RBIs end of June 1957; finished with 102

– Carrie Muskat

9/7 Big 3-0

Derrek Lee belted his 30th homer in the first inning Monday, belting the first pitch from Daniel McCutchen to straightaway center. With the home run, Lee now is the eighth player to have at least three 30-homer seasons for the Cubs. The list includes Sammy Sosa (11 seasons), Ernie Banks (seven), Billy Williams (five), Ron Santo (four), Hank Sauer (four), Hack Wilson (four) and Aramis Ramirez (three).

The 30 homers are the most by Lee since he hit 46 in 2005.

– Carrie Muskat

A salute & Sosa

Lou Piniella, who was Randy Johnson’s manager in Seattle from 1993-98, planned to contact the left-hander to congratulate him on his 300th win.
 
“I had the pleasure of seeing him pitch first-hand for seven, eight years in Seattle and it was fun to watch,” Piniella said Friday. “He’s a competitor, great stuff, didn’t like to lose and it’s a tribute to him that he stayed around this long to get his 300th win.”
 
* Piniella was not in Chicago during Sammy Sosa’s years. Sosa has hinted he will formally announce his retirement soon. Is he a Hall of Famer?
“You look at his numbers, and obviously, they’re Hall of Fame numbers,” Piniella said of the former Cubs right fielder, who holds several team records, and posted three 60-homer seasons (1998, 1999 and 2001). “He had a really prolific home run career. You put his numbers offensively with other people in the Hall of Fame and you’ve got to concur that he belongs.”
 
– Carrie Muskat
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