”Slammin’ Sammy’ was a 7-time All-Star right fielder who joined the Chicago Cubs in 1992. He was National League MVP in 1998, who won six Silver Slugger Awards.
Sosa hit his 400th home run in his 1,354th game and his 5,273rd at-bat, a milestone he reached more quickly than any player in National League history.
Sosa is best known for being involved in the ‘home-run record chase’ of 1998. Sosa and Mark McGwire made it their mission to beat Roger Maris’ single-season home-run record of 61, which stood from 1961. Though Sammy broke the record with 66 homers, McGwire ended the season on a triumphant 70.
However, Sosa is still the only player to have hit 60 or more home runs in a single season three times in his career. He was also the fifth of just nine players in MLB history to hit 600 career home runs.
Sosa is second all-time in home runs among foreign-born MLB players and is one of only three National League players since 1900 to reach 160 RBIs in a season (2001).
Other big names
Albert Pujols, Vladimir Guerrero and Miguel Tejada all won National League MVP Awards.
Bartolo Colon won the Cy Young Award in 2005.
Robinson Canó is a 8-time All-Star, 5-time Silvaer Slugger, 2-time Golden Glove winner who plays for the Seattle Mariners. He won the World Series with the Yankees in 2009.
José Reyes is a 4-time All-Star infielder for the New York Mets. He is the Mets’ all-time leader in triples and stolen bases, and has the most stolen bases among all active players right now (over 500).