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Degenerate39
11-04-2007, 09:47 PM
Sosa wants to return to major leagues next year

By DIONISIO SOLDEVILA, Associated Press Writer
November 3, 2007

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Sammy Sosa wants to play in the majors next year, provided a team offers him a contract for at least $7 million.

Sosa hit 21 home runs with 92 RBIs this season with Texas. He sat out in 2006, the Rangers gave him a $500,000, one-year contract, and he made $1.35 million more in performance bonuses.

"I feel victorious, and I think I proved that I have what it takes to stay in the major leagues," he said at a news conference.

The 38-year-old outfielder said he expects several offers next week when teams begin negotiations with free agents. Sosa had recently said he wanted to be back with Texas next year.

Sosa finished the year with 609 home runs. He was the fifth player to reach 600, joining Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays.

"If they let me, I will reach 700," he said.

Sosa did not see a lot of action after the All-Star game.

"It was devastating when manager Ron Washington called me into his office and told me they were going to cut back my playing time," he said. "My reaction was to go home and quit."

Sosa finished with a .252 average in 114 games, including 87 starts as a designated hitter.

I wish this guy would just retire so Griffey can pass him on the All-Time Home Run list.

AmarilloRed
11-04-2007, 09:54 PM
He will get more than $500,000, but I don't think anyone will pay him 7 million. 4 million might be reasonable.

Degenerate39
11-04-2007, 09:56 PM
He will get more than $500,000, but I don't think anyone will pay him 7 million. 4 million might be reasonable.

4 million is still too much for him in my opinion. But I agree I don't think anyone will pay him 7 million.

GoReds33
11-04-2007, 09:57 PM
"My reaction was to go home and quit." That's the spirit I want on my team. What happened to the days where veterans could gracefully retire?

fadetoblack2880
11-04-2007, 10:01 PM
I HATE Sammy Sosa. I wish he would retire and fade into oblivion.

Screwball
11-04-2007, 10:08 PM
"My reaction was to go home and quit." That's the spirit I want on my team. What happened to the days where veterans could gracefully retire?

Exactly. Good team attitude there Sosa. I'm sure teams will be beating down the door to pay him $7 million. :rolleyes:

texasdave
11-04-2007, 10:09 PM
92 RBI in 114 games is pretty impressive to me.

AmarilloRed
11-04-2007, 10:22 PM
He was playing for the Rangers. I believe their stadium is a hitter-friendly ballpark.

Stephenk29
11-04-2007, 10:48 PM
He was playing for the Rangers. I believe their stadium is a hitter-friendly ballpark.

true, but I still don't think anyone could do that. I bet someone throws some money at him.

as_v_1
11-05-2007, 08:14 AM
true, but I still don't think anyone could do that. I bet someone throws some money at him.

Someone should throw a corked bat at him.

redsfanmia
11-05-2007, 05:04 PM
I HATE Sammy Sosa. I wish he would retire and fade into oblivion.

Mike Tyson would say bolivian.