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What others are saying about the Corked Bat Case
Seattle second baseman Bret Boone: "I just hope it doesn't taint what he's done. Corked, not corked, he's got as much power as anyone in baseball. He's probably got as much power, outside Mark McGwire, as anyone in history."
Sean Casey, Reds: "It's shocking, more than anything. With his size and how big he is, I don't think he needs a little edge from a corked bat. He's already proven he's a home run hitter. He's a big guy, and he's going to hit home runs."
Adam Dunn, Reds: "He's one of the greatest home run hitters of all time. It's shocking. But hopefully there's a good explanation for it."
Scott Miller, CBS Sportsline: "On an interleague night in Wrigley Field, Sammy Sosa produced the biggest story of the season in the most unexpected of ways. Turns out, cork is no longer just for bottles of wine. "
Jayson Stark, ESPN.com: "He's going to get suspended. But that's not Sammy Sosa's biggest problem.He lost an RBI. But that's not Sammy Sosa's biggest problem, either. No, Sammy's biggest problem now is that he lives in a video age. And he has just been handed a life sentence in America's National Videotape Prison."
Bill Madden, New York Daily News: "... if Sosa is to have his credibility restored, Selig must order X-rays for the four bats (home runs 58, 62 and 66 in '98 and the 500th this year) that he donated to the Hall of Fame. And, if it turns out any of those were corked, Sosa should be banned from baseball for life and all his home runs be expunged from the record books."
Rupert Cornwell, The Independent: "More than most sports, baseball lives on the purity of its statistics. Sosa's popularity moreover, and his role-model status as an impoverished immigrant who succeeded, makes the affair doubly shocking. "
Ron Borges, msnbc.com: "Sosa seems to be about as nice a man as you can find. He also is one of the greatest power hitters ever. Unfortunately, on Tuesday night he also proved himself to be a cheater calling into question the integrity of the game and the records he has set. Therein lies baseball's problem."
Expos manager Frank Robinson: "It's a shame, a player of his stature. The type of person he is and has become, a lot of young people in this country, his country and all Latin countries look up to him. It's a shame he tainted himself in that way."