Sosa says he would like to return to majors Sammy Sosa...

November 05, 2006

Sosa says he would like to return to majors

Sammy Sosa, 12 home runs shy of 600, said he wants to return to the big leagues in 2007 after taking a year off and contemplating retirement.

"I feel good physically, and after a year of resting we are optimistic about making a decision soon about returning to baseball," the Dominican slugger told the Associated Press in Santo Domingo yesterday.

The 37-year-old slugger did not play in 2006 after rejecting a non-guaranteed offer of $500,000 from the Washington Nationals. But the outfielder, perhaps best known for his epic home run duel with Mark McGwire in 1998, said he is motivated to return. "I still have a lot of passion for the game and I'm in shape. I want to get to 600 home runs before saying goodbye," said Sosa.

His agent, Adam Katz, has previously said that Sosa probably was headed to retirement. Sosa, whose last season with the Orioles ended with a .221 batting average and 14 home runs, said several teams have shown interest but did not specify which clubs.

The only player in major league history to have three seasons of at least 60 homers, Sosa testified before a congressional committee looking into steroids use by professional baseball players.

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