Who is Sammy Sosa and what is his net worth 2018? Samuel Peralta Sosa, better known as Sammy Sosa is a retired professional baseball player, hailing from the Dominican Republic. He was a player with 4 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams and has won several accolades across his career.
Born on November 12, 1968, to Lucrecia and Bautista Sosa. He was born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, and is 6′ 0″ (1.84m) tall. Unfortunately, his father’s passed away of a brain aneurysm when he was in the early stages of childhood- a mere 7 years old. To aid his financially weakened family, Sosa did a variety of odd jobs, like shining shoes, selling oranges etc. Eventually, he began playing organised baseball, where his talent shown through. He is lovingly called “Maiky” by friends and family, a nickname coined by his maternal grandmother.
Sammy Sosa married his first wife Karen Lee Bright in 1990. However, the couple separated in 1991. On December 18, 2004, Sammy Sosa married Sonia Rodríguez, by the Catholic Church in La Romana. Sonia Rodríguez was a child dancer on Dominican TV and had already been married to Sammy Sosa for 12 years before they decided to have a church marriage. Together, the couple has six children.
Sammy Sosa began his career as a professional baseball right fielder in MLB on the 16th of June in 1989 with the Texas Rangers and hit the first home run of his career off player Roger Clemens. He was later traded to the Chicago White Sox on July 29, 1989. Before the season of 1992, he was traded off to the Chicago Cubs with whom he continued till 2004.
Over the years, he continued to grow his reputation as a formidable right hitter but it was only in the season of 1998, that he emerged as one of the greatest the game has ever seen. 2004, however, was one of the worst years of his career, marked by several injuries and suspensions. In January 2005, he was traded off to the Baltimore Orioles with whom he played for the season, with a dismal performance.
He then took 2006 off and rejected several minor league offers. However, in 2007 he signed one of his previously rejected offers for a minor league with the Texas Rangers. In June 2009, he announced his decision to retire from the game. Sammy Sosa was also involved in a controversy related to drug tests but claimed that he was clean.
Sammy Sosa is the fifth player in history to reach the milestone of hitting the 600th home run in his career and in 1999 became the first ever player who has hit an excess of 60 home runs in three seasons spanning across his career. Since 1900, there have been only 3 players in the National League to reach 160 RBIs in a single season, with Sammy Sosa as one of them, reaching this milestone in 2001.
Of all the players from MLB that are foreign-born, Sammy Sosa comes second in the all-time home runs. He is also the only player in history to have hit 60+ home runs thrice in a single season.
Sammy Sosa Net Worth
The major chunk of the income of Sammy Sosa comes from his earnings while playing as a professional baseball player. The net worth of Sammy Sosa is approximated to be around $75 million.
Despite being from an economically weak background, Sammy Sosa rose to great heights in the world of baseball, the perfect story of the underdog who made it big. Despite all the slumps in his career, he will always be remembered for his brilliant contribution to the game.