Baseball fans are voicing their shock after former Chicago Cubs player Sammy Sosa has appeared looking whiter than ever, the New York Post reports.

Sosa, born in the Dominican Republic, was a right fielder for the Cubs from 1992 - 2004, before playing for the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers, then retiring in 2009.

In his post-retirement, his complexion has got lighter and lighter, due to him reportedly using skin bleaching screen.

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The for MLB star posted a series of pictures in London, one of which shows him performing a horrendously outdated dab, but both plainly showing how much his skin colour has changed.

In 2009 Sosa repeatedly made headlines due to his transformation, later admitting to Unvision that he was using cream to lighten his tone.

"It's a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some," he told Univision.

"It's a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some. I'm not a racist, I live my life happily.

"What happened was that I had been using the cream for a long time and that, combined with the bright TV lights, made my face look whiter than it really is. I don't think I look like Michael Jackson."

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Fans were rather perplexed by the difference in appearance since his playing days, with one person calling him the Dominican Jay Leno, another comparing him to the grandpa from The Munsters, and Shrek when he turned into a man.

Sammy and his wife Sonia are currently in the UK to celebrate his birthday, which is tomorrow.

In the past Sosa has said that he's waiting patiently to be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame, having failed to make it there since 2013 when he became eligible.

His accolades show that he perhaps should be in the HoF, given that he was the fifth man in history to hit 600 regular season home runs, putting his name in the same pot as Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds.

Along with that he's also the Cubs' all-time home run leader, as well as having scored a homer against every active MLB team.

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Mark McGowan

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