If you take a look at Sammy Sosa’s career numbers, Frank Thomas has a point. But Sosa was improving before the great home run chase of 1998. In 1997, he hit 36 homers. The following year, he added 30 more to that total.
And this goes back to that steroid era and whether or not certain players took illegal substances or not. Thomas has been one of the most feared hitters of all time and he doesn’t believe Sosa could have hit that many homers — doubling up Thomas.
And it’s a shame too because the reason why I fell in love with baseball was that era. I am a product of the steroid era. Without out, I don’t know if baseball would be my favorite sport of all time. Those homers saved baseball. As ugly as that era was, we needed it.