Dishonored Major League Baseball player Sammy Sosa is being skinned alive on social media for his grotesque facial transformation from dark-skinned Black man to a pinkish cartoon-looking character.

Sosa, a native of the Dominican Republic, has been long been suspected of deliberately lightening his skin ever since he was he was run out of baseball. Sosa has been dealing with the rumors since 2009, when the metamorphosis seemed to begin.

According to Rebecca Polihronis, who worked with the Cubs while Sosa was on the team, the athlete’s hue changed as an unexpected result of a “skin rejuvenation” treatment.

That explanation was quickly dismissed by medical experts, who explained that evenly lighter skin across the face is not a usual side effect, especially of someone with a darker color because they tend to have darker scarring.

Sosa was credited with helping to revive fan interest in professional baseball in the late 1990s when he and fellow slugger Mark McGwire went on a tantalizing tear towards the all-time single-season home run record.

Both players have been disgraced from the sport for being caught using performing enhancing steroids to jack up their personal stats. Subsequently, neither has any chance whatsoever to make it into Cooperstown, the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

And Sosa had no chance to escape unnoticed when he made a public appearance recently with his skin looking as pink as the suit and Fedora he sported.

Take a look at some of the most hilarious responses to one-time baseball megastar Sammy Sosa’s peculiar hue transformation:

Terry Shropshire

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