The reasonable thing to do if you were juicing would be shying away from any type of added scrutiny about your body. But today we're hearing that Sosa may have had his uniform tailored with elastic inside the arms between the years of 2002-2004.
In other Sosa news, former teammate Ryne Sandberg said today that the alleged sleeve-altering enthusiast does not belong in the Hall of Fame in light of these integrity issues.CNBC confirmed through a source that Sosa did indeed ask for the elastic arm tapering for at least the 2002 season. The source said that he could not remember another player that asked for this specification."I don't know why it would be tapered like that other than it being a purely cosmetic change so that people could see his muscles," said David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions. "There doesn't seem to be any other reason why he'd do it."
Appearing on the "Waddle & Silvy" show on ESPN 1000, Sandberg said "I don't think so," when asked if Sosa belongs in the Hall of Fame.
"They use the word 'integrity' in describing a Hall of Famer in the logo of the Hall of Fame, and I think there are gonna be quite a few players that are not going to get in," Sandberg said. "It's been evident with the sportswriters who vote them in, with what they've done with Mark McGwire getting in the 20 percent range.
"We have some other players coming up like [Rafael] Palmeiro coming up soon, and it'll be up to the sportswriters to speak loud and clear about that. I don't see any of those guys getting in."
Did Sosa Alter Jerseys To Make Arms Look Bigger? (CNBC)
Sandberg: Sosa doesn't belong in Hall (ESPN Chicago)
Ryne Sandberg's Hall of Fame acceptance speech (Baseball Hall of Fame)