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Gary Sheffield | Outfielder

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (49) / 11/18/1968
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 1986 / Rd. 1 (6) / MLW

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Gary Sheffield made it official on Wednesday, retiring after a 22-year career.
Now the Hall of Fame discussion can begin. The nine-time All-Star batted .292/.393/.514 with 509 homers and 253 stolen bases, finishing with 304 more walks than strikeouts. But his inclusion in the Mitchell Report could raise doubts among some HOF voters cautious about any hint of impropriety. Sheffield will first appear on the ballot after the 2014 season. Thu, Feb 17, 2011 06:09:00 AM

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Gary Sheffield said Thursday that he is "99.9%" sure he will retire.

Sheffield spoke about a possible comeback at the Winter Meetings in December and even had dinner with Rays manager Joe Maddon, but nothing came of it. He sat out all of last season and seems likely to file official retirement papers soon. The 42-year-old has a sparkling .292/.393/.514 career batting line, 509 career homers and 1,676 career RBI.
Thu, Jan 6, 2011 07:20:00 PM

Gary Sheffield, hoping to make a comeback, had dinner in Tampa Friday with Rays manager Joe Maddon.

"I had a meeting with the Rays, and they’re going to get back to me," Sheffield said Monday on Sirius XM Radio. "It’s out there now that they’re talking to me and hopefully something comes about." The 42-year-old was pretty productive in 2009, but he sat out all of last year. Maybe the Rays will invite him to spring training and sort of see how things go.
Tue, Dec 14, 2010 03:40:00 PM

Gary Sheffield told Steve Kornacki of that he wants to play next season and that his hometown Rays are his first choice.

"I’ve taken a year off from playing, but can see the difference I would make on some teams," said Sheffield. "It opened my eyes, and I look at things differently. I want to play close to home." Sheffield, now 42 years old, batted .276/.372/.451 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI in 312 plate appearances with the Mets in 2009. He made similar comments last winter, only to end up on the sidelines. A spring training invite wouldn't be crazy, but we're betting against a comeback.
Tue, Dec 7, 2010 05:25:00 PM

Gary Sheffield told George A. King III of the New York Post that he has offers on the table.

"There are things on the table that I have to accept or not accept," said Sheffield. "Right now I have not made up my mind." Sheffield, who turned 41 in November, batted .276/.372/.451 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI in 268 at-bats with the Mets last season, but barely saw the field during the second half due to various injuries. He has declared himself in "tip-top shape" for this season, dropping 15 pounds over the winter. At his advanced age, he's likely deciding if a minor league deal is worth it.
Wed, Feb 10, 2010 05:34:00 PM

Gary Sheffield is deciding between two teams, reports Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo.

Sheffield batted .276/.372/.451 with 10 home runs as a 40 year old last season, showing he can still bring it. He struggled with injuries and is a liability in the field at this point. It was revealed earlier that Sheff would have gone to Arizona had the club not signed Adam LaRoche. Any deal would likely make him a platoon player at best, as it is unlikely he can hold up full-time.
Sun, Jan 31, 2010 08:25:00 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today writes that free agent outfielder Gary Sheffield might be a perfect fit for the Reds.

There's nothing to suggest this is anything more than speculation on Nightengale's part, but interestingly he adds that Sheffield was on his way to the Diamondbacks before they inked Adam LaRoche earlier this month. Sheffield, 41, batted .276/.372/.451 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI with the Mets last season, but couldn't stay healthy enough to play in the field.
Thu, Jan 28, 2010 12:44:00 PM

A market for Gary Sheffield has yet to develop, the slugger told the Boston Globe Sunday.

Sheffield hit .276/.372/.451 in 268 at-bats for the Mets in 2009, a fine showing for a 40 year old. His prickly attitude remained on display, though, and no team may be willing to deal with an aging complementary player who won't be happy in a bench role. Looks like a forced retirement is on the way.
Sun, Jan 10, 2010 09:01:00 AM

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Gary Sheffield wants to play two more seasons and finish his career with the Rays.

It would be a natural fit for the Tampa-native, but there's nothing to suggest the Rays are interested. Sitting on 2,689 career hits, the 41-year-old Sheffield is holding out hope that he can still reach the 3,000 hit plateau. It's a long-shot. Sheffield batted .276/.372/.451 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI in 268 at-bats with the Mets last season. He hasn't had more than 131 hits in a season since 2005.
Mon, Dec 21, 2009 08:27:00 AM

Gary Sheffield told Nick Carfado of the Boston Herald that he has received interest from four teams this winter.

Sheffield is about 300 hits shy of 3,000 and would like to reach the milestone. Of course, the way he's playing, that could take well over three years. The 41-year-old outfielder batted .276/.372/.451 in 2009 with 10 home runs, 13 doubles and 43 RBI in 268 at-bats. He had 74 hits.
Wed, Dec 9, 2009 10:41:00 AM

Gary Sheffield is dedicated to playing in 2010.

Sheffield's family wants him to reach 3,000 hits for his career (currently at 2,689) and Sheff wouldn't rule out cranking 40 home runs next year. Delusional much? With the overall shift to younger players, Sheffield may not find the playing time he wants next year -- certainly not for a drive to 3,000 over the next few years. Looks like Sheff will be forced into retirement kicking and screaming at some point.
Sun, Nov 22, 2009 08:38:00 AM

Gary Sheffield plans to return next year for his 22nd major league season.

Sheffield will become a free agent this fall and, according to the New York Post, has his eye on five teams -- the Mets, Rangers, Astros, Rays and Marlins. He's batting .277/.369/.453 this season with 10 home runs and 43 RBI in 267 at-bats, and feels like he can produce at an even higher rate in 2010. "I like my chances," said the soon-to-be 41-year-old outfielder.
Tue, Sep 22, 2009 11:33:00 AM

In his first appearance of the month, Gary Sheffield flied out with the bases loaded as a pinch-hitter Wednesday.

Sheffield may not start another game this season, but it looks like he could continue to see action off the bench. He's limited by a sore back.
Thu, Sep 17, 2009 03:37:00 AM

Gary Sheffield (back) took batting practice Thursday and is hoping to return to the Mets' lineup before the end of the season.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said Sunday that Sheff is "pretty close to being out" for the remainder of 2009, but the 40-year-old outfielder is looking to defy the odds (and up his value on the looming 2010 free agent market). He felt "OK" after Thursday's workout. We'll keep you posted.
Fri, Sep 11, 2009 09:32:00 AM

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said Sunday that Gary Sheffield (back) is "pretty close to being out" for the rest of the season.

Sheffield hasn't played since leaving last Tuesday's game with lower back spasms. "He's getting treatment, not quite responding well enough for him to get that bat going like he likes to get it going," Manuel said Sunday. "So I really don't foresee him in these next - how many of these games do we got left?" It'll all be over soon, Jerry.
Mon, Sep 7, 2009 08:33:00 AM

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