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Can we really believe the HR exploits of Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa over the last 5 Years?
Here are the stats starting from 1995;
McGuire- 39, 52, 58, 70, 65 Total 283. Avg 56.6/yr
Sosa - 36, 40, 36, 66, 63 Total 241 Avg 48.4/yr
As Mel Allen used to say "How about that".
I eager;ly await their battle this year.
McGuire has 552 for his career and probably has three more productive years left.
"The way a team plays as a whole determines it's success. You may have the greatest bunch of stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the team won't be worth a dime." George Herman ("Babe") Ruth
No doubt, Nome, that the NL Central will be bombers paradise this year, with the arrival of Junior adding to the mix.
I don't think any of the three teams will be in the series, (Cubs,Cardinals,Reds), but their fans will have fun with the home run races, anyway.
02-28-00, 10:40 AM
Should be a positively delicious race. I am looking forward to it as well. I absolutely love Sammy Sosa. I think he's a very classy guy, salary demands aside.
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02-28-00, 10:56 AM
Isn't something how the NL dominates with the power hitters, and yet in this decade the AL has dominated in WS titles? I say we have the better deal....
If anyone was to break Aaron's record, i'd like it to be sosa or mcguire. they both handled the HR race in 98 with class and good sportsmanship. neither one displayed any arrogance or negativity towards the other. it was all in good fun. why can't certain other power hitters have that attitude! http://www.Bronx-Bombers.com/ubb/smile.gif
02-28-00, 12:02 PM
McGwire would have to average 68 bombs over the next three years to break Aaron's all time record. If he makes it 4 years he has to hit 51. McGwire has to stay healthy and I don't know if his back can take the everyday playing he has to do in the National League.
It's going to be interesting don't you think?
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02-28-00, 01:11 PM
it will be intersting to watch. the home run race in 98 was exciting and interesting. both sosa and mcguire handled it with class. and like smr15 said, throw jr. into the mix and things should really get interesting. how many days til opening day?
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02-29-00, 06:34 PM
I think the Home Run chase in an "Every other year" thing. Think about it. In '98, the chase was HUGE! In '99, how many people payed attention to them even though they both beat Maris's record again? And '00, well this is the 'Other Year'!
We're the Yanks and we're on the top,
We sweep out the opposition with a broom and mop,
Give the bat to Bernie, he ain't shy,
Every single year we get a by,
Jeter divin on the dirt, makin the double play,
Mets fans, close your eyes, 'cause today is a Yankee day!
03-02-00, 10:20 AM
It is interesting... but I'm not that much of a big home run person. To me, it's a symptom of vastly over-inflated offense. To have these two men, and possibly others, hit so many home runs so many years in a row, belittles the accomplishments of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris, who were much more above-average in comparison with the other players of the time than Mac and Sammy are.
Take the juice out of the ball, dammit!
(YF "sorry to rain on people's parades, it's JMHO" 36)
03-02-00, 07:37 PM
Samy Sosa really earned a lot of respect during the home run chase. In response to an interviewers question he said something like
"Pressure?....This isn't pressure. Pressure is shining shoes in the Dominican Republic wondering how you are going to get enough money to feed your children."
For me it was the most important quote to come out of a baseball player's mouth in years. I admire the way he has worked for poor people in the Dominican republic and supported worthwhile charities here in the USA.
Nothing against Macgwire he has also been a very good role model for children, but I think it would be great for Sosa to hold the home run record for someday. My only complaint about Sosa is that he does not play for the YANKEES.
If you don't like the YANKEES go to another sight.
I look at it the other way, personally. I see it as "underachieving pitching". I think they should raise the mound, and try to sell tickets to games based on the pitching performance, rather than the hr's.
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