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Slammin' Sammy: Writers don't feel Sosa worthy of Hall

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Slammin' Sammy: Writers don't feel Sosa worthy of Hall

Baseball may have been very good to Sammy Sosa, but the writers haven't acted as kindly.
On Wednesday, the former Chicago Cubs great will find out whether or not he was voted into baseball's Hall of Fame.

This is the first time Sosa is eligible for entry in baseball's hallowed grounds.

Based on an unofficial poll of more than 20 Hall of Fame voters, Sosa doesn't stand a chance this season. Of 21 writers whose ballots we sampled, Sosa was on four. Players must receive 75 percent of the vote to be elected into the Hall of Fame.

Though Sosa boasts gaudy offensive numbers from his 18-year career, his suspicion of steroid use may play a big role in keeping Slammin' Sammy out of the Hall. Sosa, the 1998 National League MVP and a six-time Silver Slugger award winner, hit 609 home runs, the eighth most in Major League Baseball history.

If Sosa isn't elected this season, he still has 14 more years of eligibility in the writers' vote. After that, Sosa's admission to Cooperstown would be up to baseball's veterans committee.

Javier Báez leaves Sunday's game with right heel contusion, though he expects to play on Monday

Javier Báez leaves Sunday's game with right heel contusion, though he expects to play on Monday

Cubs shortstop Javier Báez exited Sunday's game against the Nationals in sixth inning with a right heel contusion.

Báez appeared to turn his right ankle charging a softly hit groundball by Nationals pitcher Jeremy Hellickson in the third inning. Cubs manager Joe Maddon went out to check on Báez, though the shortstop stayed in the game after a brief discussion.

Addison Russell, who was set to pinch hit for Báez in the sixth inning before Anthony Rizzo grounded into an inning-ending double play, took over at shortstop in the bottom half of the inning. Sunday was Russell's first appearance at shortstop since Sept. 19, 2018, as he recently returned from a 40-game suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policy.

The move was likely precautionary, as the Cubs held a 6-1 lead when Báez exited the game and play again on Monday night. He expects to play on Monday against Jake Arrieta and the Phillies, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers.

The Nationals scored three times in the sixth inning, cutting the Cubs' lead to 6-4. Russell made a throwing error on his first attempt, though it was a deflected ball off of Hendricks' glove. While the Cubs obviously want Báez healthy and on the field, they managed to pull out a 6-5 win in his absence.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Yu Darvish vs. Jake Arrieta face off at Wrigley Field

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Yu Darvish vs. Jake Arrieta face off at Wrigley Field

Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by NBC Sports Chicago Cubs producers Eric Strobel and Nate Poppen to break down Monday night's big matchup between former Cub Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish.

The trio discuss the history and dynamics behind the matchup (2:00), the statistical comparison between the two pitchers over the past two seasons and their potential going forward (4:00), the difference in mental makeup between Jake and Yu (11:00), and Jake's massively important place in Cubs history (17:30).

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Cubs Talk Podcast

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