Former major league baseball player Sammy Sosa has purchased a 7,273-square-foot oceanfront home in South Florida for $7.6 million.
The slugger's new home is located on more than half an acre of land at 667 Ocean Blvd. in Golden Beach, in the northeast corner of Miami-Dade County. The property features ocean views throughout.
The Intracoastal Waterway is a short distance to the west.
The two-story estate was built in 1998 and was last sold for $6.4 million in 2002. It also includes a pool, seven bedrooms and eight and a half bathrooms.
Sosa hit 66 home runs with the Chicago Cubs in 1998 as he and Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals – who had 70 round-trippers – chased and eclipsed Roger Maris' single-season home run record that year.
But Sosa’s name also appeared on a list The New York Times published in 2009 of players who tested positive in 2003 for an unidentified performance-enhancing drug. He received 12.5 percent of the vote in the most recent Hall of Fame balloting, far short of the 75 percent he needs to be enshrined.
Sosa retired after the 2007 season with 609 career home runs, which is eighth all-time.