BALTIMORE, June 11 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball Wednesday reduced by one the eight-game suspension given Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs for using a corked bat in a game.
"I am convinced of the sincerity of Sosa's explanation and his contrition," said Bob DuPuy, MLB President and Chief Operating Officer. "In my opinion, his candor and the promptness of his apology on the night of June 3 were exemplary. However, at the end of the day, each player must be accountable for his own equipment complying with the rules, whether the violation is deliberate or inadvertent."
Sosa had been suspended for using an illegal bat in a game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on June 3. He has claimed it was a one-time mistake.
The bat shattered when he hit an RBI grounder. The run was taken off the board and he was ejected when the cork was found.
He will miss the next two games in Baltimore, a weekend series in Toronto, and two games against Cincinnati.