This is half of the actual corked bat that got Sammy Sosa ejected in the first inning on June 3, 2003 against the Tampa Bay Rays (Devil Rays.) Sosa broke his
bat in his first at bat and was ejected after the umpire crew discovered the cork in the bat. The handle was confiscated by Major League Baseball and its whereabouts are unknown.
The broken barrel was left in the clubhouse. Mike Remlinger, the winning pitcher that night, picked the barrel up and kept it. The bat was obtained
directly from Remlinger comes with a letter of authenticity from Mike Remlinger as well.
Major League Baseball confiscated all of Sosa’s bats immediately following the incident and examined them. None of his bats showed any evidence of
tampering or cork, making this the only known example of a Sammy Sosa corked bat. By this point, Sosa had hit 505 career home runs and even the bat used for #500, on display in the Hall of Fame, was examined and found to be clean. Sosa explained that the corked bat was for batting practice only.
The bat itself is an X Bat model number XX with a labeling period from 2002. The bat originally weighed 32 ounces and was 34.5 inches long. It's current weight is 25.2 ounces and is approx. 23.5 inches long. It is a maple
two-tone bat with a black barrel. Sosa’s number 21 is written on the top of the barrel.
To read more about this incident and an interview with Mike Remlinger about the bat, click on the following links:
The bat was obtained directly from Mike Remlinger and will come with a letter of authenticity from Mr. Remlinger. The bat has also been examined by
John Taube at PSA/DNA and comes with their full Letter of Authenticity – 1B01424
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