Retired outfielder Sammy Sosa believes he and fellow slugger Mark McGwire are Hall of Famers.
Sosa, who finished his career with 609 career home runs — eighth on the all-time list, received 12.5 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America. He was among the players who tested positive during Major League Baseball’s 2003 anonymous survey. In 2005, he told a congressional committee that he never took illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
“I think so,” he told the website Ustream.com on Wednesday, asked whether he and McGwire should be in the Hall of Fame. “I’m not going to come here and say anything that is going to jeopardize my future, but definitely time will determine everything. Right now whatever it is, it is. I am not (somebody who) is going to go out there and say anything I don’t want to say. I’m waiting for my time. ... I don’t like controversy. Definitely time will determine everything.”
Sosa also told the website that the Chicago Cubs should retire his number, and said he may run for president of the Dominican Republic.