Over the past few days, word has leaked out that Sammy Sosa wants to make a comeback in a quest to reach the 600 homerun plateau. According to the Associated Press, Sammy reports “I feel like I did when I was a rookie. I have a lot of spirit and a desire to return. I think I can play three or four more years in the form I am now.”

There has been some debate on this site over the idea of whether or not the Cubs should even consider retiring his jersey. While I don’t think they should go that far, I do think that the organization should attempt to reconcile with Sosa. Whether you hate him or not, you can’t throw away the contributions he made for the Cubs in his time here. When you take a look at the career leaderboards for the Cubs organization, Sosa appears prominently.

Leaderboards (Rank in Parenthesis)
Slugging % – .569 (2nd)
OPS – .927 (2nd)
Games – 1811 (10th)
At Bats – 6990 (8th)
Runs – 1245 (6th)
Hits – 1985 (9th)
Total Bases – 3980 (4th)
Homeruns – 545 (1st)
RBI – 1414 (3rd)
Walks – 798 (6th)

Now obviously you can’t discount the fact that he walked out on the team and lied about it. But does that discount him from all of the Cubs history? I don’t think it does. What are your thoughts?

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail