Chris Sabo ended his baseball career where he started it, with Cincinnati in 1996. In a game in July of that season, Sabo shattered his bat and it was discovered to have been filled with cork.
As a result of the incident, Sabo received a seven-game suspension. Sabo claimed that the bat in question belonged to another player (whom he would not name). The fact that he decided not to replace the corked bat after it had clearly broken on the previous play added to his credibility. He also argued that his performance that season (three home runs in 52 games) was hardly "an endorsement of the cork industry."