Notes on Sammy Sosa for 2006
by Asher B. Chancey, Baseball Evolution
January 1, 2006

As we look ahead to the 2006 season, there are some things you should know about Sammy Sosa:

- Sammy needs 12 homeruns to join Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, and Hank Aaron in the 600 homerun club.

- If he gets the twelve homeruns he needs, he will be the first member of that club that does not have a career batting average of at least .300.

- Sosa needs 25 RBI to become the 25th player with 1600 RBI, passing Nap Lajoie's 1599.

- Of the players with at least as many homeruns as Sosa has, he is the only player with less than 1850 RBI.

- Last season, Sosa's on-base percentage was .295. It was his third time finishing the season under .300 OBP.

- Aaron, Ruth, Bonds, and Mays finished a season with an OBP under .300 a combined never.

- Sosa currently has 2194 career strikeouts, good for second all time.

- Of players with at least as many homeruns as Sosa, he is the only player with over 1600 strikeouts.

- As a result of his .671 OPS last season, which was 18% below the league average, Sosa's OPS+ has slumped to 129 for his career.

- This puts Sosa behind such greats as Orlando Cepeda, Greg Luzinski, Jack Clark, Billy Williams, and on par with Dave Winfield.

- Of Bonds, Aaron, Ruth, and Mays, the lowest career OPS+ belongs to Aaron, who has a 156 career OPS+.

- Assuming that Sosa does not rebound from a disasterous 2005, Sosa's career will have effectively come to an end at the age of 35. This would make him the only one of the five 600 club members to not be productive upto the age of 39.