Sport Cubs owner will not welcome Sammy Sosa back until he comes clean on PED use

00:15  14 january  2018
00:15  14 january  2018 Source:   Sporting News

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Sammy Sosa finished his career with 545 home runs, but he has not been elected to the Hall of Fame because of steroid suspicions.

Ricketts: Sosa unwelcome until he comes clean . CHICAGO -- Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said franchise all-time home run leader Sammy Sosa needs to "put everything on the table" in regards to PED use during his playing days if he is to be ever welcomed back by the team.

Cubs owner Tom Rickets said Sammy Sosa will not be welcomed back to the team in any capacity until he is truthful about his history with performance enhancing drugs.

"Players from that era owe us a little bit of honesty," Ricketts said Saturday during the team's annual fan convention, via ESPN. "The only way to turn that page is to put everything on the table."

Sosa hit 545 home runs in his career, but he has not been invited back to the team in any way, shape, or form since he retired in 2007. He has also been kept out of the Hall of Fame despite the fact hitting 500 home runs is a typical bench mark for automatic admittance into the prestigious club.

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The Cubs and Sammy Sosa have had a weird relationship for a long time and it just took another turn. Ricketts would be referring, obviously, to the connection between Sosa and PEDs from when he exploded and hit 60-plus home runs three times (an MLB record).

Today, predictably, a Chicago columnist does what columnists have been doing for years with respect to guys suspected of PED use : argues that Sosa should “ come clean ” if he wants to come in from the cold.

The now 45-year-old former Cubs outfielder has never made public comments about any PED use, but he was said to have tested positive for steroids in 2003.

He is not the only outfielder from that era to break the 500-home-run mark and not be elected into the Hall. Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Manny Ramirez have all be passed over for election due to the fact they were suspected of cheating.

"I think we have to be sympathetic to that era ... but the players owe us some honesty, too," Ricketts said.

a group of baseball players that are standing in front of a crowd: Sammy Sosa © Getty Images Sammy Sosa

He continued, "I just think we need to put everything on the table and move forward, full stop."

Sosa is the Cubs all-time leader in home runs and third in RBIs with 1,414.

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