Gary Sheffield Retires

Gary Sheffield has officially filed his retirement papers, according to George A. King III of the New York Post. After 22 seasons with the Marlins, Dodgers, Brewers, Yankees, Braves, Padres, Tigers and Mets, the 42-year-old is ready to retire. He says his numbers have earned him a shot a Cooperstown.

"I am sure it will be mentioned and debated, but from my standpoint I know who is in the Hall of Fame," Sheffield said. "A lot of them don't belong in the Hall of Fame. If someone wants to debate me, check the stats."

Sheffield posted a .292/.393/.514 line with 509 homers and 1676 RBI in the majors. The nine-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger recipient won a batting title and has a career OPS+ of 140. Sheffield came up as a shortstop before transitioning to third base and then the outfield. Sheffield, who earned about $168MM in his career, according to Baseball-Reference, ranks 24th all-time in career home runs.


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4 years 5 months ago

But the real question is, is he “all the way” retired?

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 5 months ago

He hasn’t played in over a year and isn’t fielding any offers…I’d say yes.

Chuck345
4 years 5 months ago

He also wasn’t doing much fielding when he was fielding.

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 5 months ago

Mmhmm…those days in Detroit when he manned left field made me want to run my 8-year-old brother out there…I’m positive he could cover more ground than Sheffield could.

AmericanMovieFan
4 years 5 months ago

If he’s filed and hasn’t played for a year and had the last season he had and hates the corporate side of the game as much as he does…yeah, he’s retired. But hey, steroids or not, he’s got one of the all time great careers, played on some amazing teams, stayed relevant much longer than most guys do. Kudos to him. Job well done. All that good stuff.

4 years 5 months ago

Right, if you ignore the racist comments against joe torre, and the roid usage, one of the best! Oh and the nonstop arrogant comments.

Guy was a moron, glad hes retiring but he will never be in the hall of fame.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

I don’t believe what he accused Torre of is true but you can’t be called a racist just because you felt that some treated you poorly due to racism.

Would David Wright be a racist if he accused Minaya, years from now, of showing preferential treatment towards Latinos by giving them more money and more perks?WE may have our own opinions but can we dismiss it simply because we don’t agree? Would Wright be a racist because we may not agree? Of course not.

As for arrogance, please. These are athletes, some of the best of the best.MOST OF THEM reek of arrogance.

4 years 5 months ago

He constantly used his race as an excuse and had this “im black the white world hates me screw all you whities” attitude.

Oh, and calling latin american ball players easy to control is racist.

Casor_Greener
4 years 5 months ago

Didn’t he admit to using the cream for 1 summer, so all those 500 home runs resulted from 1 summer of creme. WOW!!!!

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Wait theres more, how about when he said he was the best player on every team he played for

4 years 5 months ago

He will never be a hall of famer. He was too arrogant, racist, and used roids.

As for all time greats I wouldnt even put him in the top 30 over the past 20 years.

4 years 5 months ago

Arrogance and racism aren’t qualities you need to lack to get in. Pretty sure they would have banned Ty Cobb if that were the case.

4 years 5 months ago

But he never used roids, sorry if its not clear but those are 3 things that will keep you out all together 😛 Mostly the roids, I just threw in the racist and arrogant things to take him down a few more notches.

BravesRed
4 years 5 months ago

Actually, he did admit using a steroid cream. I’m not gonna post a link, but if you search “Gary Sheffied steroids” then that should come up with some things.

4 years 5 months ago

? I was talking about ty cobb never using roids. Sheffield never tested positive, but yea he did admit to using the cream for his knees right?

Hubbs2
4 years 5 months ago

People need to get over the steroids thing. Do you honestly think nobody used it before recently??? Watch the Bob Costas special with Aaron and Mays, they all but admit they took them. Amphetamines work in much of the same way and were a problem for years.

4 years 5 months ago

Ok, go tell that to the hall of fame, which is my argument that he will not get in because of it. What point are you trying to make?

Casor_Greener
4 years 5 months ago

And probably because you are too

4 years 5 months ago

Lol really?

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

So by your measure a “violent, blatant racist” is ok if you can mash and didn’t use the “clear” ?

4 years 5 months ago

by the hall of fames measure….

Also the times were different in ty cobbs era, I dont agree with it but it was a completely different time in america.

4 years 5 months ago

Ty Cobb in today’s social climate wouldn’t last long in baseball, or at least I hope not. Michael Vick got a second chance, but he is a puppy dog compared to Ty Cobb. I don’t think Ty Cobb is someone anybody should look up to, I’m just saying his being elected to the hall was based on his achievements as a player back then, if the HOF just opened today I don’t see him getting votes.

4 years 5 months ago

Am I really the only one who caught “but he is a puppy dog…”?

4 years 5 months ago

At least in the case of Ty Cobb, a horrible human being, you can’t deny his ability to play at an incredibly high level at a time when it was harder to hit a baseball than it is now. If steroids were available to him then, who knows if he would have used them. Steroids can’t help you hit the ball, but it can help you hit it out, and Sheffield’s claim to to the HOF is largely based on his ability to hit it out.

4 years 5 months ago

You can’t ban a guy from the HOF if their steroid use wasn’t confirmed. Most of us figure he cheated, but speculation with probable intent isn’t enough to so much as accuse him of anything. Unless I’ve been under a rock for 5 years, I don’t recall any affirmative judgment made on his using drugs that were against MLB rules.

Carl Langley
4 years 5 months ago

This is exactly why Jeff Bagwell didn’t make it in this year and may not make it in for another few years – doubt.

4 years 5 months ago

Do you really think being a bad person has kept other players with bad personalities out of the hall? I think not.

4 years 5 months ago

for players on the fence, and he is at best on the fence, yes I do. He used roids, although he never tested positive, so the three things combined will keep him out, mostly the roids though.

4 years 5 months ago

I agree for players on the fence, but having used steroids and being a despicable human being isn’t going to keep Barry Bonds or A-Rod out of the hall. So it’s really not an end all-be all argument against a player, but it can probably keep you out.

4 years 5 months ago

So I accidently like this lol.

I disagree, I think they will keep bonds out even though I think he should be in, but not sheffield. Rodriguez might get in but idk. I would put bonds in because before 1999 he was the only player in mlb history with 400 sb and 400 hrs. However I think the hall will tell him and all the other roiders to screw off.

Hubbs2
4 years 5 months ago

Ricky Henderson got in, you could very easily come to the conclusion that he “juiced”

4 years 5 months ago

….really? He never admitted to it under a grand jury nor is he being indicted because of it. Sheffield did….Bonds is being indicted, A rod admitted to it.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

Aside from the steroids, how is he on the fence? Because you don’t like him? Just look at guys in that 500-600hr range and he had better numbers than Murray, McCovey, Banks, Matthews, Schmidt, Jackson, etc

4 years 5 months ago

Though I don’t think he is a first ballot guy given the taint of steroids and numbers in comparison with other steroid era players, his offensive numbers would present a solid case for entry even with his semi-sub-par defensive numbers. I’d say it takes a few years but he will eventually make it in. He was a feared hitter in his day.

4 years 5 months ago

The roids put him on the fence, isnt that clear in my post?

vonhayesdays
4 years 5 months ago

Schmidt won gold gloves and mvps though , but i would have to agree if he never admitted using this guy would probably be first ballot

Dodgerblue18
4 years 5 months ago

You defend the players too much. I think you feel that every fan is out to bash the players. I wouldn’t even wanna hear you talk about a Yankee you’ve probably written a book about that. Sheffield has a poor attitude and thinks he is one of the greatest around. His head is too big for his own good. Steroids or not, the roid thing still looms around him and always will especially after the “cream” incident. Manny is another example except he is just more of a clubhouse cancer. Not to mention that he is a joke of a defender and embarassment on the field. Dodgers got hosed by him and his antics, just like every other team he is on. Fact is, if your name and steroids have ever been mentioned in the same sentence, your chances of going to the hall of fame are greatly reduced. Sheffield’s simple big headed quote in this article is enough to decrease his chances. He thinks he deserves to be in the elite, when we all know he doesn’t have enough to get in. Go outside, play some catch or something.. you’re on here too much.

ejr
4 years 5 months ago

in the past, no, but these days, yes. Not sure if it’s fair or right, but there’s so much focus on ‘character’ now that Sheffield might be left out with some others, even as Ty Cobb and others got in.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Albert Belle

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 5 months ago

He changed teams 9 times. There’s a hint that he didn’t really get along with his teammates.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

So did Fred McGriff (7x) and he was one of the nicest guys in baseball. Doesn’t prove anything. Barry Bonds is widely considered one of the biggest jerks and he only played for 2.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Maybe Sheffield can get some golf in this spring with Albert Belle and Carl Evertte

Hubbs2
4 years 5 months ago

His swing was a true joy to watch.

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

Worst defensive player in the history of baseball lol. Also the only player to ever hit his 500th HR wearing a Mets uniform.

HOF or no? I say No until Palmeiro, McGwire and the others get in.

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

Plus I wonder if it’s just 1 big coincidence that the 9 worst defensive players of all time have played in the steroid era (1990 – present)

1. Gary Sheffield
2. Manny Ramirez
3. Bernie Williams
4. Ricky Guiterrez
5. Bobby Bonilla
6. Danny Tartabull
7. Adam Dunn
8. Juan Samuel
9. Derek Jeter

And Sheffield was the worst by a far margin over Manny

Sheffield -204.7, Manny -155.7

The difference between Sheffield and Manny is More than the difference between Manny (2nd) and Jeter (0th). Jeter is -113.4

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Jeter and Williams, you need to stop using drugs

David C. Ruckman
4 years 5 months ago

The -113.4 runs figure is based on UZR and other defensive metrics, calculated by FanGraphs. Many have called Jeter the most overrated defensive talent of his generation, and the numbers prove it.

If anything, the only drug mentionable here is a dose of “Reality,” available over the counter at your local pharamacy.

erm016
4 years 5 months ago

I remember back when we had simple stats, Errors, Hits, RBI, etc not ERZGWERW and ASDRWRC from such and such.

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

Don’t forget ERZGWERW/150 – I still don’t know what that means… (is it supposed to be a fraction?)

4 years 5 months ago

It means ERZGWERW over 150 games. If a players ERZGWERW is 5 in 10 games, it will be 75 ERZGWERW/150, attempting to project a player’s ERZGWERW throughout the season.

4 years 5 months ago

This upsets me, but also makes me laugh.

Leonard Washington
4 years 5 months ago

I like to think of it as Jeter selling enough paraphernalia were he just gets gold gloves sometimes. Sort of like a high end skeel ball tickets system where if he drinks a drink with the label facing a camera enough times they just give him points to redeem on the awards his talents could never give him.

They call me Murphy
4 years 5 months ago

LOL that’s why Jeter has how many gold gloves? It’s not like he won his first at 37 years old…..he’s been one of the best shortstops in the game since 95….put the crack pipe down

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

LOL @ you using Gold Gloves as your backup.

ellisburks
4 years 5 months ago

That wasn’t his opinion it was cold, hard numbers. Just because they are “True Yankees” and the NY media built them up to be super human does not mean it is true.

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

I only liked it because I thought he was being sarcastic. Maybe he is maybe he isn’t.

They call me Murphy
4 years 5 months ago

Didn’t you retire because you sucked?

ellisburks
4 years 5 months ago

I am not really Ellis Burks, I am just a fan of his. However, Ellis did have a positive WAR every year until his last in 2004 when he only played 11 games. He did not retire because he sucked. He retired because his knees were so banged up that he was injecting rooster combs into them in order to keep playing. Ellis had a career 48.1 WAR while Bernie Williams had a 47.8. Ellis 352 HR, Bernie 287 HR. Ellis .874 OPS, .Bernie 858 OPS. So if Ellis Burks did indeed retire because he sucked, then Bernie must have sucked even more.

4 years 5 months ago

Defensively, in a pure physically talented way I believe he is overrated, but he possesses great instincts which probably allowed him to make up for not having a ton of range. Great hands and arm though and very consistent.

icedrake523
4 years 5 months ago

Is that including his time as an infielder where he admitted to intentionally playing bad to be traded?

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

Yes I would assume so. It’s on FanGraphs. I can’t post the link, but if you want to see it, click Leaders > Career > Batters (should be on that automatically) > Value > Fielding.

When you click Fielding it should list the worst first. Of course if you click it a 2nd time, it will start with teh best fielders (Brooks Robinson is number 1)

4 years 5 months ago

I wouldn’t have suspected that about Williams, but isn’t it still a stretch to call him one of the worst defensive players of all time? He played CF. Maybe his bad career fielding values simply show he should have been in left.

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

I was actually surprised myself to see Bernie on the list. I knew he’d be in the negatives but I didn’t think it would be the 3rd worst. But I see from 1996 to the end of his career Bernie had at Least a -3.0 UZR in every year, 8 times he reached double digits and 7 of those 8 times he recahed -15 or worse, some including in the -20’s, yikes. Man did he get worse and worse (according to FanGraphs)

Slopeboy
4 years 5 months ago

In the case of Bernie Williams, this is where sabermetrics can and are often misleading. Bernie’s negative numbers are due to the fact that he could not throw out anyone from anywhere at any time. Any ball hit into the gaps were usually doubles or triples because the batters knew that coming out of the batters box and always challanged Bernie to throw them out.
Williams was an above average ball hawk, using his speed to track down balls that most centerfielders could not, that’s why he spent his entire career in centerfield for the Yanks. Though it’s not considered an important award anymore, Williams has won multiple Gold Goves.What he could never do was throw.

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 5 months ago

Just like Jeter’s horrible fielding values show he shouldn’t be playing short? 😉

ellisburks
4 years 5 months ago

He was good when he started but his knees let him down near the middle and should not have been playing CF.

They call me Murphy
4 years 5 months ago

Says the guy who couldn’t run down a fly ball if it hit him in the head….

ellisburks
4 years 5 months ago

Um…Ellis Burks was an elite outfielder for the first 2/3 of his career. Then knee injuries took thier toll and he was not very mobile. I know this. He knew this. He switched to right field when he went to San Francisco because he still had a great arm and Bonds was in left. That is what a player does when he can no longer field the position, he moves on. Bernie and The Yankess did not do this. Burks did.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

I have to take some exception to those numbers. I’m not defending Jeter or Williams because they were/are both poor fielders for great parts of their careers. However, Field Values are listed as such.

Fielding – Fielding Runs Above Average based on UZR

Seeing as how UZR is a relatively new stats that is suppose to be heavily weighted on RangeRuns which is HUGELY dependent on “eyeball” observationsput into a formula then I don’t know how they would come up with Field Value for guys who played before 2000, let alone guys from 80’s and before. I would have to think that if that formula were true then there has to be a different criteria for the formula for a guy like Nap Lajoie (+83 Field Value, 1896-1916) vs Manny Ramirez (-157 Field Value).

I mean we know who is bad and who isn’t but how can anyone have an intelligent conversation about field value from guys who played 30 years ago let alone d@mn near 100 years ago when the metric value charachteristics have been refined and re-evaluated so much in the last 5 to 8 years.

Also, and it’s just my pet peeve, I have an extreme issue with hos UZR is used for IF’ers. We use it because ppl smarter than us say we should but a large portion of what influences UZR is based off of RangeRUns, which again, is hugely based off of someone watching a video and saying “he should of got that ball” and then using that determination and transfering it into a number that is then used in a formula. That finding seems to account for a huge value towards the UZR results.

MrSativa
4 years 5 months ago

That alone will keep him out of the hall. I guess he was honest through his speech at times but has no integrity as a player.

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

Edit- 9th for Jeter

They call me Murphy
4 years 5 months ago

LOL did you just call Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams two of the WORST defensive players of all time? What crack are you on? Seriously. Do you not see the range that Jeter STILL has? As far as Bernie goes, NOBODY covered center field in the 90’s and early 2000’s like Bernie Williams. Put the reefer down….

ellisburks
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah! I am with you Murphy. Just because everyone else in the world says that Bernie Williams covered less field in center than Eddie Gaedel and Jeter goes to his left worse than a statue of Honus Wagner, doesn’t mean it’s true. Let’s just deny the facts put in front of us until we die.

ellisburks
4 years 5 months ago

No HoF as long as they are keeping out steroid users. Plus he’s a jerk. Great hitter though.

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

I don’t think being a Jerk excludes you from the HOF. Steroids, well duh for now.

ellisburks
4 years 5 months ago

I didn’t mean that him being a jerk would exclude him for the HoF. They were two separate thoughts. He was a jerk though.

invader3k
4 years 5 months ago

Should purposely playing bad exclude someone from HoF, though? Ask any Brewers fan about this guy and you’ll realize he has no place in Cooperstown.

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

Should purposely playing bad exclude someone from HoF, though? Ask any Brewers fan about this guy and you’ll realize he has no place in Cooperstown.

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Wouldn’t that exclude Manny also? Ask any Red Sox fan.

ellisburks
4 years 5 months ago

Well there is the fertility drugs as well so there is a taint (eh uh) to Manny as well. I love what he did to help the Sox win 2 WS titles but characterwise and defensively he goes down a couple notches.

4 years 5 months ago

Such humility.

Michael Duffy
4 years 5 months ago

I came here to post those same words.

Michael Brown
4 years 5 months ago

Steroids or not, I very much enjoyed his problem free years in an Atlanta uniform

O971
4 years 5 months ago

Sorry the Hall isn’t up to your standards, Sheff.

4 years 5 months ago

This could very well end up much more entertaining than listening to Goose and Blyleven complain every year about not getting in if the writers shut him out for a period of time.

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

I’m actually very surprised Bonds is ahead of Mays on the fielding list (187.7 to 185.0)

4 years 5 months ago

You don’t remember Bonds in his skinny Pittsburgh years? He was a great all around player and then decided to bulk up.

4 years 5 months ago

Yea, I remember after the knee surgeries in sf towards the end he couldnt even stop himself, that one time he just ran right into the wall with plenty of room for a normal person to stop.

02waster
4 years 5 months ago

Great player, reached post-season tons of times with different teams. I think he deserves to get in just because of that

4 years 5 months ago

Based on that criteria, Eric Hinske has a pretty good shot at the hall too.

02waster
4 years 5 months ago

Difference is Eric Hinske is a good player at best

ellisburks
4 years 5 months ago

Well that might be a stretch. How about very good 24th man on the roster.

ctiger14
4 years 5 months ago

Way to keep it classy, Gary. We have come to expect nothing less. Seriously, the ink was barely dry on your retirement papers and you’re already campaigning for the HOF? Just go away. No one misses you.

02waster
4 years 5 months ago

Sean Casey won’t ever get in because he’s the nicest guy in baseball. So Sheffield shouldn’t be out-casted because he’s an a$$.

0bsessions
4 years 5 months ago

Sean Casey won’t ever get in because he was merely slightly above average. He had one tool and that was hitting for average. He wouldn’t even make it into the Hall of Very Good.

4 years 5 months ago

65.8 career war, 509 HR, 1676 RBI. If he was a likable guy, no one would be slagging him for suggesting he is a HoFer. You don’t have to agree he is, but if you look past the personality, it’s a reasonable thing to debate. Not a laughable case AT ALL.

4 years 5 months ago

Numbers mean absolutely nothing when you are an admitted juicer. If you are going to argue for Sheff, why not Canseco? They both put up similar numbers…..around 40 less HR’s for Jose and about 20 less WAR in around 700 less games and 2000 less PA’s.

See how absurd the Sheff for the HOF talk is?

mlbscout6
4 years 5 months ago

Canseco put up similar numbers to Sheffield?

Really?…Canseco had a .390 obp over his career?

I’m not saying Sheff is a HOF’er or not, but saying Sheff can’t get in if Canseco can’t is just asinine. Has baseball gotten so homer-centric that players are judged and grouped together solely based on the number of homeruns they have hit?

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 5 months ago

Never a class act, was occasionally horrible when I watched him…but he was always an exciting hitter nonetheless. Maybe if he hadn’t hurt his shoulder in 2007 things may have been different for him later on in his career. Enjoy sitting poolside, Sheffield, while your number of votes into the Hall of Fame dwindle to nothing as the years slowly fade away.

0bsessions
4 years 5 months ago

God, I hated that guy.

And no, I have nothing of value to add here. But man, did I hate Gary Sheffield. I really don’t think I’ve ever hated a sports figure more than I hated Gary Sheffield. I would rather be locked in a room overnight with Milton Bradley, Paris Hilton and that dude from MTV like ten years ago who always wore like six ties (Jessie something?) than sit with Gary Sheffield for ten minutes. No, I don’t know why I hate him so much, but boy do I hate him.

Gumby65
4 years 5 months ago

Sheffield must be honored to be praised by the likes of Gary Sheffield.

CitizenSnips
4 years 5 months ago

He wasn’t already retired?

sherrilltradedooverexperience
4 years 5 months ago

sheff is not my favorite player. he forced me to loath him in his time in Los Angeles with his incessant carping in the press about $$$. That said, despite the ‘roids, he deserves in.

Why?

Because he was man enough to admit he used unlike a bunch of wishy-washy cowards that went up before congress with the false outrage before lying through their teeth only to get shown up with real proof a few years later (sheff still loses a few points for saying he ‘unknowingly’ took them thinking they were something else and didn’t know they were steroids until later).

The Clemens’, Palmeiro’s, McGwire’s, and Bonds’ are the type of player that form the ‘should not get entry’ pool of players from that era. Yes, my criteria is totally unfair, difficult to impossible to apply, and rewards some steroid users while refusing to reward most, but i think the level of hypocrisy separates the ‘semi-bad guys who owned up’ versus the ‘totally rotten guys that sold their soul and are unredeemable at this point based on how they reacted to the inquiry.

4 years 5 months ago

Sorry Gary, take a seat on the bench of the rejected along with Pete Rose, Raphael Palmerio and Mark McGwire. You’ll have company soon enough. Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens will be joining you soon. No one from the steroid era is going into the HOF. Darn moral clause…

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

No one from the steroid era is going into the HOF

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So no player within the past 10-20 years are going in? Despite some of them already being elected in such as the 3 R’s – Ripken, Ryan, Rickey?

YOu specifically said No one from this era, which includes nearly every active player.

4 years 5 months ago

You people on here take things so literal. Dont make yourself seem so stupid by saying “well….3 of them got in”. You know what he meant.

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

He very well could have meant what I said. What do you think this means- “No one from the steroid era is going into the HOF.”. I wasn’t aware that this doesn’t disqualify players that we “assume” did not use steroids, HGH, etc.

Maybe he could have been more clear and say “No steroid user is going into the HOF”. According to Canseco, this wouldn’t apply actually because he mentioned in an article about a year ago that baseball is going to have a big problem when they find out there is a HOFer who used steroids. Although he did not give a specific name. And we know, despite him being as big, if not much a bigger jerk than Sheffield, he hasn’t said one lie.

4 years 5 months ago

Not until the old school writers all die and the writers who grew up in the steroid era vote them all in. The current writers are all just made because these 90s guys put up such rediculous stats they made their childhood favorites look terrible. All the guys you listed will get in but maybe not until the 2030s

4 years 5 months ago

One of the biggest jerks to ever play this game. Good riddance.