posted on Jun, 4 2003 @ 01:10 AM
What should Sammy Sosa's new nickname be, Toenail or Corky?
, the Chicago Cubs' star slugger, 17th on the career home-run list, was ejected in the first inning of Tuesday night's 3-2 win over the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays after umpires found cork in his shattered bat.
Sosa, who gained national prominence in 1998 during his home-run battle with Mark McGwire, said he had the corked bat "for batting practice _ just to
put on a show for the fans ... I like to make people happy and I do that in batting practice.''
Cork inside a wooden bat is thought to help players hit the ball farther and is against baseball rules. Several players have been caught using altered
bats in the past, including Albert Belle, Wilton Guerrero, Chris Sabo, Billy Hatcher and Graig Nettles. All were suspended.
Security workers were seen carting off two boxes of Sosa's bats in the ninth inning, as well as a bat bag.
just came off the disabled last Friday after having the nail taken off his big right toe and missing 17 games.