Thomas calls Sosa's home run prowess 'shady'

Toronto Blue Jays batter Frank Thomas catches his bat after striking out against Oakland Athletics...

Toronto Blue Jays batter Frank Thomas catches his bat after striking out against Oakland Athletics during the tenth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto, in this file photo from April 10, 2008. (REUTERS)

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Don’t count Hall of Fame slugger Frank Thomas among the believers that Sammy Sosa didn’t use performance-enhancing drugs during his MLB career.

Thomas, who played with Sosa on the Chicago White Sox for two years (1990-91), told CBS Sports he is highly doubtful Sosa was clean when he went on his homer barrage with the Chicago Cubs from 1998-2002. Sosa reportedly tested positive for PEDs in 2003 but he testified before Congress in 2005 denying he was a user.

Thomas isn’t buying it, though.

“I knew it was shady when Sammy Sosa hit 60 home runs,” Thomas said. ”Sammy Sosa was my teammate for three years coming up. So watching his career and watching him grow, for three years he was capable of only 20-25, 27 home runs at the most … there’s no way Sammy doubled me up. With Mark McGwire, you really had to take a look at it because Mark McGwire had 48 home runs as a rookie.”

Sosa had a previous career high of 40 homers in 1996 before going on a five-year run where he averaged 58 homers per season. He hammered 66 homers in 1998, 63 in 1999 and 64 in 2001.

Thomas, who was elected to the Hall of Fame earlier this month, hit 521 dingers during his 19-year MLB career but never hit more than 43 in one season.


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