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Credibility And Sammy Sosa, Mlb Player

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Credibility is “the quality of being trusted and believed in” according to the New Oxford American Dictionary. Credibility can be hard to get but extremely easy to lose. In this paper you will see how credibility can literally make or break someone such as Sammy Sosa.
Sammy Sosa was a former MLB player from San Pedro de Marcoris, Dominican Republic. Sosa was born on November 12, 1968 (“Sammy Sosa Biography”). From an early age you could tell that Sosa had the makings to be a great player. At the age of 15 the Philadelphia Phillies tried to sign him but couldn’t because of the league saying that the player must be over the age of 16 (“Sammy Sosa”). Since he couldn’t play for the ...view middle of the document...

MLB responded by x-raying his bats to make sure that they weren’t corked (“Sammy Sosa”). Sosa even admitted to using a corked bat during batting practice to give the fans a show. Later that year allegations came up that Sosa was using steroids. Sammy Sosa immediately denied the allegations (“Sammy Sosa”). Sosa said, “I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I have never injected myself or had anyone inject me with anything,” to members of congress (“Sammy Sosa”). It you look at Sosa’s stats before and after the PED (Performance Enhancing Drugs) testing of 2003 you’ll notice major drops in stats, such as how his home run average from 1993-03 was 45.6 and during his 2004-07 seasons his home run average went down to 23.3 (“Report: Sosa tested positive in 2003”). This is a significant drop and makes it pretty obvious that he was cheating some how. Plus an undisclosed source leaked information to The New York Times that Sosa had tested positive for steroids (“Sammy Sosa Biography”). Steroids really take away from how great he was, non of the stats he put up were real and makes him a fake player who cheated his way to be great.
Before Sosa lost his credibility he was almost treated like a baseball god. Sosa was a standout and everybody loved him and just thought he was amazing. In fact Sosa and McGwire shared Sports Illustrated magazine’s 1998 “Sportsmen of theYear” award. Also, Sosa was named the National League Most Valuable Player in 1998 (“Sammy Sosa”). Furthermore, Sosa also helped bring baseball back after the strike where people started almost boycotting the games (Schmidt). In contrast however after people found out about the steroids and the corked bat a lot of people lost respect for him and don’t treat him the same (Van Dyke). Sammy Sosa was almost a shoe in to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, but after the steroid incident people didn’t believe that he should be in it (“Sammy Sosa Biography”). Even though he had...

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