Sammy Sosa is a talented former Dominican-American baseballer. Sammy Sosa is recognized for playing a right fielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 19 seasons with various teams including Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, and Chicago Cubs among others.
Table of Biography
Sammy Sosa was born on 12 November 1968 and he is currently 53 years old. He hails from San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, and his zodiac sign is Scorpio. His nationality is Dominican and is of partially Haitian descent. He was actually born in a Batey community in Consuelo, however, his officially registered birthplace is San Pedro de Macorís.
His family and friends call him “Mikey” whereas his full name is Samuel Peralta Sosa. Moreover, his maternal grandmother was the one to suggest his birth name ‘Samuel’ as well as his nickname ‘Mikey.’ Moreover, his father’s name is Juan Bautista Montero whereas his mother’s name is Lucrecia Sosa.
Career and Professional Life
Professionally, Sammy Sosa is a former baseball player. He played as a right fielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 19 seasons. He primarily played for the team Chicago Cubs. Following this, he also played for the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox. After these teams, he joined the Cubs in the year 1992.
Following this, this player became one of the game’s best hitters. This former athlete hit his 400th home run in his 1,354th game and his 5,273rd at-bat. This baseballer achieved this milestone quicker than any player in the history of the National League. Furthermore, this athlete is one of nine players in MLB history to hit 600 career home runs.
In the year 1998, this player along with Mark McGwire achieved national fame. This was for the players’ home run-hitting prowess in pursuit of Roger Maris’ home run record. With the Cubs, this former baseballer became a 7-time All-Star. He held numerous team records as well.
This former baseballer finished his career with stints with the Baltimore Orioles and the Rangers for a 2nd time. With the Rangers, this former baseballer hit his 600th career home run to become the 5th player in MLB history to reach the milestone.
Moreover, this athlete is 2nd all-time in home runs among foreign-born MLB players. Also, he is one of only 3 National League players since 1900 to reach 160 RBIs in one season. He made this record in the year 2001. Similarly, he is also the only player to have hit 60 or more home runs in a single season thrice.
This athlete accomplished this in the years 1998, 1999, and 2001 respectively. However, this former baseballer didn’t lead the league in home runs in any of those seasons. Nevertheless, he led the league in 2000 with 50 home runs.
This former baseballer made his 1st MLB appearance on 16 June 1989 playing for the Texas Rangers whereas his last appearance was with the same team on 29 September 2007. Additionally, this athlete denied having used performance-enhancing drugs during his playing career. He denied this in the 2005 congressional hearing through his attorney.
Sammy Sosa is a happily married man. This former baseballer’s wife is Sonia Rodríguez. Moreover, his wife is a former Dominican TV dancer. Together, the couple has six children. Among them, the four are Sammy Sosa Jr., Michael Sosa, Keysha Sosa, and Kenia Sosa.
Sammy Sosa stands tall at an approximate height of 6 feet or 183 cm. Likewise, the former baseballer has a bodyweight of 165 lbs or 75 kgs. In the year 2009, this former baseballer appeared at a music awards show looking much lighter in complexion than only months earlier.
This drastic change prompted the former baseballer to go on a Spanish-language TV station. Doing so, the baseballer denied that he was ill or that he hated being dark-skinned. He also denied that his new skin tone was the result of steroid use.
On the contrary, the baseballer explained on the show that he uses a bleaching cream before going to bed due to which his skin softens and lightens. Moreover, this former baseballer has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color.
Social Media and Net Worth
Sammy Sosa doesn’t seem to have an authentic profile on any social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Nevertheless, there are a few unverified accounts on the aforementioned platforms in the name of this former baseballer. Moving on, this former Dominican-American baseballer has a net worth of around $70 million US dollars.