Gary Sheffield Is “99.9 Percent” Sure Of Retirement

Gary Sheffield is "99.9%" sure he's going to retire from baseball, according to a radio interview the veteran slugger conducted with ESPN 1040 in Tampa Bay (and reported on by Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times). 

Sheffield was hopeful of a contract with the Rays and met with Joe Maddon last month, though the manager said that the dinner meeting was just an opportunity get to know the Tampa native, not to broach the subject of a deal.  Sheffield said he felt a "little disrespected" that the Rays didn't contact him in the wake of the meeting.

The 42-year-old last played in 2009 and posted a very respectable .276/372/.451 slash line in 312 plate appearances with the Mets.  If Sheffield did manage to find another contract, you'd think it would have to be as a pinch-hitter or as a DH with an American League club given his -25.9 UZR/150 as a corner outfielder in 2009.  If Sheffield retires, his 509 career homers and nine All-Star appearances will undoubtedly garner some attention on the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.


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Maverick60
4 years 7 months ago

So he is almost as sure of it as the rest of us. Good job Shef.

ARod's Ring
4 years 7 months ago

does he really have another option?!

Infield Fly
4 years 7 months ago

Not likely…and clearly he’s the last to notice.

Infield Fly
4 years 7 months ago

Not likely…and clearly he’s the last to notice.

4 years 7 months ago

500+ HR’s, linked to PED’s, AND a world class jerk. Yeah…..he’s got a shot at the HOF.

4 years 7 months ago

He could have had a statue outside Miller Park alongside Yount and Aaron. Instead, he’s about as welcome here as a Brett Favre text message.

Great numbers, crummy attitude. Get ready for the washed up athlete phase of your life, Gary.

4 years 7 months ago

He could have had a statue outside Miller Park alongside Yount and Aaron. Instead, he’s about as welcome here as a Brett Favre text message.

Great numbers, crummy attitude. Get ready for the washed up athlete phase of your life, Gary.

RiverKKiller999
4 years 7 months ago

I sure did miss him when the Braves didn’t offer him a contract. Damn, he was a beast in the line up. Wish he was in his prime again.

bobrewer
4 years 7 months ago

It was nice to have HRs we could count on in the heart of the order. Hopefully Uggla will add some more dingers to our lineup.

withpower
4 years 7 months ago

You mean HRs you could count on… right up until the playoffs.

Absolutely epic choker, that Sheffield. Division series, championship series, world series.. didn’t matter. Sheff sucked in all of them.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

Except in the 1997 playoffs. He was quite good during those series’.

4 years 7 months ago

You talking about his normal prime, or his chemically induced false prime?

EarlyMorningBoxscore
4 years 7 months ago

Good riddance. If Jeff Bagwell got 41% of HOF votes because people “think” he used roids, and there is no actual proof that Bags used roids, then there is NO WAY Sheff gets in. Which is a good thing. Baseball is better off without Sheffield.

mattinglyfan
4 years 7 months ago

Gary felt disrespected? Aw, poor Gary. Poor, poor Gary.

peterherman
4 years 7 months ago

RF season ticket holders in Fenway can breathe a little easier now that they know he 99.9% won’t be ready to hop the wall and whoop on them again.

4 years 7 months ago

the jackass in the stands that day deserved it.

Gumby65
4 years 7 months ago

Maybe the 2017, 2018 or 2019 HoF Ballot by standards of other “non-implicated-but-we-aren’t-so-sure” steroid era sluggers.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

If he actually does get elected to the Hall, what hat would he wear? Or would they just have to design a universal one for him?

4 years 7 months ago

The Sheffield HOF hat would look a little something like a Coexist bumber sticker.

$3081341
4 years 7 months ago

I hear ESPN or MLB Network could always use fresh blood.

Leonard Washington
4 years 7 months ago

Is Barry Bonds retiring?

Leonard Washington
4 years 7 months ago

Is Barry Bonds retiring?

kipnis4040
4 years 7 months ago

he retired from baseball a few years ago in my eyes and i believe im comment 23 and they prob are the same if i read them lol , butttt…. does he have options? he didnt play last year, hes been checked out for a minute as far as im concerened

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

That’s quite the headache for whoever has to make the plaques.