Saturday, October 30, 2004
Hendry To Do "Whatever It Takes" To Move Sosa
Sosa's injury-plagued 2004 contributed heavily to the team's ultimate failure to capture a postseason berth, hitting .253/.332/.517 with 35 HR on the year, but .230/.292/.414 and 5 HR in September. The Mets are reportedly interested, but thanks to an onerous contract extension, are unlikely to consummate a deal.
Sammy Sosa was humiliated by being dropped to sixth in the Chicago Cubs lineup, and claims he was mistreated by the club.Well, when you start producing like a four hitter... well, you know the drill. Baseball's supposed to teach you humility. But what happens when the lesson is just how much better than everyone else you are?
When he struggled down the stretch of the season, Cubs manager Dusty Baker lowered the slugger in the batting order -- much to Sosa's dismay.
"I'm not a sixth batter," Sosa told Hoy newspaper in Santo Domingo on Saturday upon returning to his native Dominican Republic. "I'm a cleanup hitter or third because I've earned that right with almost 600 career home runs."