ARLINGTON, June 21 – Sammy Sosa connected on his 600th career home run, joining Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays as the only players in Major League Baseball history to achieve the milestone.
“It was something that cannot be explained,” Sosa said. “Getting my 600th against the Chicago Cubs, and my first team (was) the Texas Rangers. It’s like everything clicked. My emotions, I don’t know what they are.
It was Sosa’s 12th home run of the season, a remarkable comeback for a man who was out of baseball last year after turning down a $500,000 non-guaranteed contract with the Washington Nationals. Sosa started his home run chase with the Texas Rangers and says he wants to hit his 700th home run with them as well.
Sammy Sosa is the only player in baseball history to have three different seasons of 60 home runs. His 479 home runs between 1995 and 2004 are the most in any 10-year span. His six consecutive seasons with at least 40 home runs is the National League record and only one year behind Babe Ruth for the all-time record.