41 Facts About Gary Sheffield


Gary Antonian Sheffield was born on November 18,1968 and is an American former professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball for eight teams from 1988 to 2009.

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Gary Sheffield was a first-round pick of the Brewers, who selected him sixth overall in the 1986 amateur draft after a standout prep career at Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida.

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Gary Sheffield is the only player in history to record 100 RBIs in a season for five different teams.

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Gary Sheffield's batting swing was an exemplary mix of savage speed and pinpoint control.

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Gary Sheffield was mentioned in the Mitchell Report and implicated in the 2004 BALCO scandal with respect to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Gary Sheffield was born in Tampa, Florida, and grew up in Belmont Heights, near the Ponce de Leon projects.

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However, Gary Sheffield had problems with his temper and attitude, which would continue in the Major Leagues.

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Once, when he was late to practice, his coach benched him and Gary Sheffield picked up a bat and chased the coach all over the field, resulting in him being kicked off the team for a year.

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Gary Sheffield set a record for doubles that would be broken in 2012 by Bradley Smith.

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In 1983, Gary Sheffield made the Hillsborough High School varsity baseball team.

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Gary Sheffield later said that if he had not been drafted in the first round, he probably would have played college baseball for the Miami Hurricanes.

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Gary Sheffield was slotted at shortstop, but struggled at the position, committing many errors and wild throws.

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Gary Sheffield was called up from the minors when rosters were expanded in September and made his major league debut on September 3,1988.

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Gary Sheffield faced his uncle Dwight Gooden for the first time in a Major League game on May 12,1992, getting a hit in three at-bats.

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Gary Sheffield hit 112 home runs with the Marlins from 1994 to 1998, including 42 in 1996, making the All-Star Game in 1996, and leading them to victory in the 1997 World Series against the Cleveland Indians.

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On July 13,1997, Gary Sheffield became the first player in Florida Marlins history to hit two home runs in one inning.

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Gary Sheffield was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998 because the Marlins allegedly could not afford a contract extension and because the Dodgers' parent company at the time, News Corporation, was looking to secure a television contract with the Marlins in exchange for trading popular Dodger Mike Piazza.

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Gary Sheffield made three All-Star games while playing with the Dodgers and had become one of the best outfielders in the game.

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On January 15,2002, Gary Sheffield was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Brian Jordan, Odalis Perez, and Andrew Brown.

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Gary Sheffield spent two seasons with the Braves hitting 64 home runs and knocking in 216 RBIs including 132 in 2003.

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Gary Sheffield joined a lineup that included Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi and the newly acquired Alex Rodriguez.

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Gary Sheffield tried to play despite the injury, but ultimately needed wrist surgery.

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Gary Sheffield had lost his right field job to Bobby Abreu, whom the Yankees had acquired in a trade deadline transaction.

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Gary Sheffield hit his first triple since 2004 and stole 20 bases for the first time since 1990.

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On September 8,2008 in a game against Oakland, Gary Sheffield hit the 250,000th regular season home run in Major League Baseball history according to Baseball-Reference.

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The home run was a grand slam off Gio Gonzalez; Gary Sheffield had hit baseball's 249,999th home run against Gonzalez in his previous at-bat.

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Gary Sheffield would become the third player in Major League history to hit home runs before age 20 and after age 40, joining Ty Cobb and Rusty Staub.

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Gary Sheffield has appeared on balloting for the National Baseball Hall of Fame since 2015, when he received 11.

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In 1986, Gary Sheffield was arrested alongside his uncle, Dwight Gooden, and fellow Tampa baseball player Vance Lovelace and charged with resisting arrest with violence and battery on a police officer.

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Gary Sheffield pleaded no contest in January 1987 and was sentenced to two years probation.

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In October 1987, while still on probation, Gary Sheffield was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and related offenses.

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Gary Sheffield's probation was extended for an additional 18 months.

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On December 5,1993, Gary Sheffield was arrested after being clocked driving a Ferrari Testarossa 110 miles per hour on Interstate 4 in Florida and failing a breathalyzer test.

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On September 19,2008, Gary Sheffield was hit by a pitch from Cleveland Indians pitcher Roberto Heredia Hernandez and walked to first base.

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When Hernandez threw to first base, he and Gary Sheffield exchanged words and Gary Sheffield charged the mound, attempting to tackle Hernandez but being caught in a headlock and punched a few times on the top of his head by the young pitcher, leading to a bench-clearing brawl.

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Hernandez and Gary Sheffield were both ejected, along with Indians catcher Victor Martinez and Tigers second baseman Placido Polanco.

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Gary Sheffield made statements after the suspension that the involved players from the Indians would be "penalized" by him as well.

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Gary Sheffield goes on to say in his book that the cream did nothing to strengthen his knee, and states that a look at his numbers shows no improvement after the incident.

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On December 13,2007, Gary Sheffield was named in the Mitchell Report as one of the players who had obtained and used steroids.

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In October 1995, Gary Sheffield was shot in his left shoulder after an attempted robbery when he stopped his car at a traffic light in Tampa.

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