Gary Sheffield

Gary Antonian Sheffield (born November 18, 1968) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder who played with eight teams from 1988 to 2009. He currently works as a sports agent.

For most of his career, Sheffield played right field, though he has also played left field, third base, shortstop, and a handful of games at first base. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, and the New York Mets. 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. He bats and throws right-handed.

Sheffield hit his 500th home run on April 17, 2009. As of his last game, Sheffield ranked second among all active players in walks (1,475), third in runs (1,636), fourth in RBIs (1,676), fifth in hits (2,689) and home runs (509), and sixth in hit by pitches (135).

Sheffield's batting swing was an exemplary mix of savage speed and pinpoint control. Despite his high home run total, Sheffield only topped 80 strikeouts twice in 22 seasons, while finishing his career among the all-time top 20 walks leaders. Because of his combination of skill, sportswriter Joe Posnanski wrote, "I can't imagine there has ever been a scarier hitter to face." His first manager Tom Trebelhorn said, "Gary can turn on a 38-caliber bullet.”[1]

He is the nephew of Dwight Gooden. After retirement, he started to work as an agent. His current clients include former reliever Jason Grilli.

Gary Sheffield
Gary Sheffield2
Sheffield with the Yankees in 2005
Outfielder / Third baseman
Born: November 18, 1968 (age 50)
Tampa, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 15, 1988, for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2009, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Batting average.292
Hits2,689
Home runs509
Runs batted in1,676
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Sheffield was born in Tampa, Florida, and grew up in Belmont Heights, near the Ponce de Leon projects.[2] He and his family lived with his uncle, Dwight Gooden, who would go on to become the ace pitcher for the New York Mets. They played baseball frequently and Sheffield learned how to hit a fastball from Gooden,[2] who is only four years older than he is. Sheffield has publicly said that his grandfather had a significant positive impact on his life, influencing him as a person and as an athlete.

Sheffield was a good hitter in the Little Leagues. However, Sheffield had problems with his temper and attitude, which would continue in the Major Leagues. Once, when he was late to practice, his coach benched him and Sheffield picked up a bat and chased the coach all over the field, resulting in him being kicked off the team for a year.[2] When Sheffield was eleven, he was selected to the Belmont Heights Little League All-Stars, which included future Chicago Cubs #1 pick Ty Griffin, future Major Leaguer Derek Bell, and other future MLB players.[2] The team made it to the finals of the 1980 Little League World Series but lost to Taiwan 4–3. He set a record for doubles that would be broken in 2012 by Bradley Smith.

High school

In 1983, Sheffield made the Hillsborough High School varsity baseball team. During his junior year, he bulked up to 175 pounds and was a pitcher and third baseman.[2] During his senior year, his fastball reached the upper 80's and he frequently showed home run power. As a batter, Sheffield hit .500 and 15 home runs, in only 62 official at-bats.[2] At the end of the season he was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year.[2]

Professional baseball career

Gary Sheffield - El Paso Diablos - 1988
Sheffield in 1988

Minor leagues

After high school, the Milwaukee Brewers drafted Sheffield with the sixth pick of the first round of the 1986 MLB draft.[3] 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.[4] After being drafted he was shipped to Helena of the Pioneer League, where he had a .365 batting average and 71 RBIs in 57 games. The only question was what position he would play. He was slotted at shortstop, but struggled at the position, committing many errors and wild throws. In 1987, he was assigned to Stockton of the Class-A California League, where his defense improved and he produced at the plate. His batting average went below .300, but he led the league in RBIs with 103, and at the end of the year he was voted the Brewers' best prospect. In his third season, he went from Double-A to the majors. In 134 games for the El Paso Diablos and Denver, he batted .327 with 28 homers and 118 RBIs and was considered ready for the majors.

Milwaukee Brewers

Sheffield was called up from the minors when rosters were expanded in September and made his major league debut on September 3, 1988. As a teenager, he got off to a fast start, with his first career hit being a home run off Mark Langston, though Sheffield finished the season with a .238 batting average and four home runs in 24 games. After a decline in play and several injuries, he found himself competing with Bill Spiers in a race for starting shortstop. After this, he was moved to third base and criticized the team, saying it was a black and white issue.[5] At the end of the 1989 season, he batted .247 with five home runs and 32 RBIs. In 1990, he worked under Don Baylor, who had been hired as their hitting coach. He finished the season batting .294, with 10 home runs. While his playing improved, there were issues with Sheffield in the clubhouse, and went as far as accusing the organization of being racist after keeping him at third instead of playing him at shortstop where the white Spiers played.[6] In his final season with the Brewers, he injured his wrist, thumb, and shoulder, playing in only 50 games.[2]

San Diego Padres

After four seasons in Milwaukee, the Brewers traded Sheffield to the San Diego Padres for Ricky Bones, José Valentin, and Matt Mieske on March 26, 1992. 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. In his first All-Star season, he contended for the Triple Crown for much of the year; while he missed out on the home run (33, two fewer than the leader, teammate Fred McGriff) and RBIs (100, nine fewer than leader Darren Daulton) titles, he won the National League batting title (the only one of the nine in Padre history not won by Tony Gwynn) with a .330 average.

In 1993, he started the season by hitting 10 home runs and batting .295 and was traded in midseason to the Florida Marlins.

Florida Marlins

On June 24, 1993, he was traded, with Rich Rodriguez, to the Florida Marlins for Trevor Hoffman, José Martínez and Andrés Berumen. He finished the season hitting 10 home runs, batting .292 and knocking in 37 runs while with the Marlins, and was the starting third baseman for the NL in the All-Star Game. At the end of the season, the Marlins gave him a four-year deal that made him the highest-paid player at third base.[7] During the 1994 season, the Marlins moved him from third base to right field, where he showed great success with an impressive arm. 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. He 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.[2]

Los Angeles Dodgers

On May 14, 1998, he was traded along with Manuel Barrios, Charles Johnson, Bobby Bonilla, and Jim Eisenreich to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile. Sheffield finished the season with the Dodgers batting .316 and hitting 16 homers while driving in 57 runs. In 3½ seasons with the Dodgers, he hit 129 home runs and drove in 367 runs. He made three All-Star games while playing with the Dodgers and had become one of the best outfielders in the game. But during the offseason, he began lobbying for a trade because he thought the Dodgers were spending their money stupidly and sliding in the wrong direction, and publicly criticized coaches and teammates.[2]

Atlanta Braves

On January 15, 2002, Sheffield was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Brian Jordan, Odalis Pérez, and Andrew Brown. He spent two seasons with the Braves hitting 64 home runs and knocking in 216 RBIs including 132 in 2003. After two seasons with the Braves, he became a free agent for the first time in his long career on October 27, 2003.

New York Yankees

On December 19, 2003, after negotiations between Sheffield and George Steinbrenner, a contract was agreed upon with the New York Yankees worth $39 million over three years. This deal included $13.5 million in deferred money and a $13 million team option for 2007.[8] He joined a lineup that included Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi and the newly acquired Alex Rodriguez. In his first season with the Yankees, Sheffield started slowly, but finished the season with 36 home runs, 121 RBIs, and a .290 batting average, helping him finish second in the MVP voting behind Vladimir Guerrero. On July 27 Sheffield hit his 400th career homerun off of Micheal Nakamura of the Toronto Blue Jays in the top of the 9th inning. In his second season with the Yankees, he continued to play well, hitting another 34 home runs and driving in 123 runs. Sheffield started the 2006 season on pace for a .300 batting average and 30 homers, before he collided with Shea Hillenbrand of the Toronto Blue Jays on April 29, 2006. He tried to play despite the injury, but ultimately needed wrist surgery. Sheffield did not return until late September. He had lost his right field job to Bobby Abreu, whom the Yankees had acquired in a trade deadline transaction. This forced Sheffield to play first base for the first time in his MLB career.[9] At the end of the 2006 season, the Yankees picked up Sheffield's 2007 option and traded him to the Detroit Tigers.

Detroit Tigers

Sheffield BP
Sheffield (right) with the Tigers in 2007.

On November 10, 2006, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitchers Humberto Sánchez, Kevin Whelan, and Anthony Claggett. After the trade, Sheffield agreed to a two-year, $28 million extension.[10] In his first season with the Tigers, he hit 25 home runs, with 75 RBIs, and a .265 batting average. Sheffield also hit his first triple since 2004 and stole 20 bases for the first time since 1990. He was also one of only six batters in the AL to have at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, along with Alex Rodriguez, Grady Sizemore, Ian Kinsler, B.J. Upton and teammate at the time Curtis Granderson.

On September 8, 2008 in a game against Oakland, Sheffield hit the 250,000th regular season home run in Major League Baseball history according to Baseball-Reference.com. The home run was a grand slam off Gio González;[11] Sheffield had hit baseball's 249,999th home run against Gonzalez in his previous at-bat. Sheffield ended the 2008 season with 499 career home runs.

On March 31, 2009, Sheffield was released by the Tigers despite being owed $14M. The Tigers said in a statement that they wanted to have more versatility with the DH position.[12]

New York Mets

On April 3, Sheffield agreed to a deal with the New York Mets for the 2009 season,[13] and he finalized the deal the following day.[14] On April 17, Sheffield hit his 500th home run in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers, becoming the 25th player in MLB history to reach that milestone, the first player to achieve this as a pinch hitter, and the first to do so in a Mets uniform.[15] Sheffield would also 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. Alex Rodriguez became the fourth player to do so in 2015.[16] Sheffield sat out a game in August when the Mets declined to offer him a contract extension.[17]

Retirement

Sheffield did not play in 2010. Though he initially suggested he wanted to sign with a team for the 2011 season,[18] he announced his retirement at the beginning of 2011 spring training.[19]

Career highlights

Gary Sheffield 2009 (2)
Sheffield batting for the New York Mets
Championships earned or shared
Title Times Dates Ref
National League batting champion 1 1992
National League champion 1 1997
World Series champion 1 1997
Awards received
Name of award Times Dates Ref
ESPY Award for Best Breakthrough Athlete 1 1993 [20]
Florida Marlins Most Valuable Player Award 1 1996 [21]
Gatorade National High School Baseball Player of the Year 1 1986
Major League Baseball All-Star 9 199293, 1996, 19982000, 200305
Major League Baseball Player of the Month 1 August 1992
Major League Baseball Player of the Week 12 1992 May 24, 1993 Jun 13, 1994 May 1, 1995 Sep 24,
1996 Aug 11, 2000 Jun 18, 2000 Jul 16, 2001 Apr 15,
2003 May 18, 2004 Jun 6, 2005 Jul 17, 2007 Jun 10
Silver Slugger Award 5
1
4

1992
1996, 2003−05
Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year 1 1992
Sporting News Major League Player of the Year 1 1992
Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year 1 1988 [22]
USA Today Top High School Baseball Player 1 1986 [22]

Achievements

  • Became only the second Padres hitter in franchise history to win a batting title joining Tony Gwynn
  • Holds Los Angeles Dodgers single-season record for at-bats per home run (11.7 in 2000)
  • His Tampa team finished second in the 1980 Little League World Series
  • Is the first player to represent five different teams in the All-Star Game.
  • Tied Paul O'Neill as the oldest player to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a season, at age 38 (2007)
  • First player to hit at least 25 home runs for 6 different teams
  • 25th player in MLB history to reach 500 home runs, and the first player to do so as a Met
  • Had 8 seasons with 30 or more home runs
  • One of 2 players in MLB history, along with Fred McGriff, to have 30 or more home runs in one season for 5 different teams (Los Angeles Dodgers [×3]; New York Yankees [×2]; Atlanta Braves [×1]; Florida Marlins [×1]; San Diego Padres [×1]) [23][24]

Statistical leader

  • Led National League in batting average (.330) and total bases (323) in 1992
  • Led National League in on-base percentage (.465) and OPS (1.090) in 1996

Controversies

In 1987, Sheffield and his uncle, MLB player Dwight Gooden, were arrested after fighting with police and resisting arrest in Tampa, Florida.[25] He was verbal about his need for sufficient financial compensation and respect, demanding better pay when he was with the Dodgers, and refusing to play in the inaugural World Baseball Classic, saying "[his] season is when [he's] getting paid."[26]

On April 14, 2005, a Red Sox fan leaned over the railing at Fenway Park and distracted Sheffield as he was going to field a ball hit by Jason Varitek. After Sheffield took a swing at him with his glove, he threw the ball back into the infield, and then got into a verbal altercation with him. Fan Interference was not called, resulting in a game tying RBI Triple for Varitek. The fan, a long-time season ticket holder, was not ejected from Fenway Park, but he donated his remaining 2005 season tickets to charity in an effort to avoid any controversy for the remainder of the season. Sheffield was fined for the incident. Charges were dismissed against both the fan and Sheffield.[27]

In the June 2007 issue of GQ magazine, Sheffield (a Detroit Tiger at the time) was quoted saying that there are more Latin baseball players than African-American players because Latinos are easier to control. "What I said is that you're going to see more black faces, but there ain't no English going to be coming out. ... (It's about) being able to tell (Latin players) what to do — being able to control them.... Where I'm from, you can't control us." He continued "They have more to lose than we do. You can send them back across the island. You can't send us back. We're already here."[28]

During an July 2007 interview with HBO's Real Sports, Sheffield said that Yankees manager Joe Torre treated black players differently from white players during his time there, citing himself, Kenny Lofton and Tony Womack as examples. Lofton later agreed with Sheffield's comments about being treated differently, but disagreed that race was the motivating factor. After it was pointed out that Derek Jeter is biracial, Sheffield responded that he wasn't "all the way black."[29]

On September 19, 2008, Sheffield was hit by a pitch from Cleveland Indians pitcher Roberto Heredia Hernández (pitching under the name Fausto Carmona at that time) and walked to first base. When Hernández (Carmona) threw to first base, he and Sheffield exchanged words and Sheffield charged the mound, attempting to tackle Hernández but was 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. Hernández and Sheffield were both ejected, along with Indians catcher Víctor Martínez and Tigers second baseman Plácido Polanco.[30] On September 22, the commissioner's office announced four suspensions resulting from the brawl: Hernández was suspended for six games, Sheffield received a four-game suspension, and Martinez and Indians infielder Asdrúbal Cabrera each received three-game suspensions. Sheffield made statements after the suspension that the involved players from the Indians would be "penalized" by him as well.[31]

Steroid allegations

During a workout with Barry Bonds in 2001, a cream was applied to Sheffield's knee by a trainer to help heal ripped stitches from a knee surgery. Sheffield states in his book, Inside Power, that he had no knowledge of the cream containing steroids, and had no reason to assume so at the time. He goes on to say in his book that the cream did nothing to strengthen his knee, and also states that a look at his numbers shows no improvement after the incident.[32]

On December 13, 2007, Sheffield was named in the Mitchell Report as one of the players who had obtained and used steroids.[33]

Personal life

He and his wife Deleon reside in Tampa, Florida. They have three sons. Sheffield has four other children from previous relationships. Deleon is a gospel recording artist and has sung the National Anthem at both the old Yankee Stadium and Dodger Stadium. In October 1995, Sheffield was shot in his left shoulder after an attempted robbery when he stopped his car at a traffic light.[34]

Sheffield's cousin, Derrick Pedro, played outfield in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.[4][35] Sheffield's relative, Tim Carter, played professional football as a wide receiver.[36]

See also

References

  1. ^ http://joeposnanski.com/ballot-12-gary-sheffield/
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j JockBio.com Sheffield Biography from Jock Bio
  3. ^ Baseball-Reference.com Bio
  4. ^ a b Gammons, Peter (April 5, 1989). "Street Smarts". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  5. ^ Is Older and Better
  6. ^ Espn.com Interview
  7. ^ Sheffield, Reconsidered – Part I
  8. ^ "Sheff prepared for Boss to lean on him". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 17, 2003. Retrieved August 6, 2009.
  9. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sheffga01.shtml#standard_fielding::none
  10. ^ Beck, Jason (November 10, 2006). "Tigers acquire Sheffield for prospects". MLB.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved August 6, 2009.
  11. ^ DETROIT (AP) (September 9, 2008). "Sheffield has 2 homers, 5 RBIs and Tigers beat A's". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved August 6, 2009.
  12. ^ Beck, Jason (March 31, 2009). "Tigers release Sheffield". MLB.com. Archived from the original on April 3, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2009.
  13. ^ "Mets statement regarding Gary Sheffield". MLB.com. April 3, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2009.
  14. ^ He had his first at bat as a Met on April 3,against the Cincinnati Reds. It resulted in a strikeout against Arthur Rhodes.Slugging outfielder Sheffield joins the Mets
  15. ^ Sheffield reaches 500
  16. ^ Hoch, Bryan (July 27, 2015). "Alex Rodriguez homers on 40th birthday". MLB.com. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  17. ^ Hernandez Is Released, Wagner Returns, and Sheffield Sits and Pouts – NY Times
  18. ^ Gary Sheffield Wants To Make A Comeback With The Rays At Age 42 – Business Insider
  19. ^ Gary Sheffield says he's retired, makes pitch for Hall – ESPN
  20. ^ The ESPN Sports Almanac. ESPN Books. 2008. p. 528. ISBN 1-933060-38-7.
  21. ^ "Gary Sheffield awards". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  22. ^ a b "Gary Sheffield − Awards and accomplishments". JRank.org. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  23. ^ Gary Sheffield Statistics and History Baseball-Reference.com
  24. ^ Fred McGriff Batting Statistics and History Baseball-Reference.com
  25. ^ 1 "Sheffield Arrested"
  26. ^ "Gary Sheffield, Unplugged". CNN. August 5, 2005. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  27. ^ "Interfering Sox Fan Has Tickets Revoked". Reading Eagle. April 19, 2005. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  28. ^ "Sheffield tries to explain controversial remarks". MSNBC.com.
  29. ^ ESPN – Sheffield calls out Torre, Jeter, Bonds in HBO interview – MLB
  30. ^ "Indians win with walk-off hit as Carmona, Sheffield brawl". CBSSports.com wire reports. September 19, 2008. Archived from the original on September 23, 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2008.
  31. ^ "Sheffield given four-game suspension: Tigers slugger won't appeal, begins serving it Monday" Archived 2008-09-27 at the Wayback Machine MLB.com, Jason Beck, September 22, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-09-26.
  32. ^ "MLB Will Not Punish Sheffield For BALCO Admission". San Francisco: KTVU. Archived from the original on 2010-01-27.
  33. ^ http://files.mlb.com/mitchrpt.pdf
  34. ^ Sheffield Shot at Traffic Light
  35. ^ "Derrick Pedro Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  36. ^ Schwartz, Paul (22 September 2004). "It's All Relative – Jints' Carter Has 7 Pro-Athlete Kin". New York Post. Retrieved 19 January 2018.

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Preceded by
Brett Butler
National League Player of the Month
August, 1992
Succeeded by
Barry Bonds
1986 Major League Baseball draft

The 1986 Major League Baseball Draft was the 22nd MLB draft that took place in 1986. During this draft 21 future all-stars were drafted including, Greg Swindell, Matt Williams, Kevin Brown, Gary Sheffield, Roberto Hernández, Jack Armstrong, Dean Palmer, Scott Cooper, Kent Bottenfield, Bo Jackson, Joe Girardi, Pat Hentgen, Tom Gordon, Steve Finley, Rod Beck, Chuck Knoblauch, Rick Reed, Paul Quantrill, John Olerud, Scott Erickson and Todd Jones.

1992 San Diego Padres season

The 1992 San Diego Padres season was the 24th season in franchise history. It saw the team finish in third place in the National League West with a record of 82 wins and 80 losses. They also hosted the 1992 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

1993 Florida Marlins season

The 1993 Florida Marlins season was the inaugural year for the team, part of the 1993 Major League Baseball expansion. Their manager was Rene Lachemann. They played home games at Joe Robbie Stadium. They finished 33 games behind the NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies, with a record of 64-98, sixth in the National League East, ahead of only the New York Mets.

1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 64th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 13, 1993, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, the home of the Baltimore Orioles of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 9-3.

This is also the last Major League Baseball All-Star Game to date to be televised by CBS.

1993 San Diego Padres season

The 1993 San Diego Padres season was the 25th season in franchise history.

1998 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1998 season saw the sale of the franchise from Peter O'Malley to the Fox Entertainment Group take effect. The new corporate executives would quickly anger Dodger fans when they bypassed General Manager Fred Claire and made one of the biggest trades in franchise history. They traded All-Star catcher Mike Piazza and starting third baseman Todd Zeile to the Florida Marlins for a package that included Gary Sheffield.

The team on the field performed poorly under all the stress and soon Fox fired Claire and manager Bill Russell, replacing them with former Manager Tommy Lasorda, who was appointed interim GM and Minor League manager Glenn Hoffman who took over for Russell. The team limped along to finish in third place in the National League West and more changes were in the offing for the following season.

2000 Los Angeles Dodgers season

In 2000, the Dodgers set a club record for home runs with 211, led by Gary Sheffield, who tied Duke Snider's single-season club mark with 43. Eric Karros became the L.A. Dodger all-time leader with his 229th home run and Dave Hansen set a Major League record with seven pinch-hit home runs. Kevin Brown led the league in E.R.A. with 2.58 and rookie pitcher Matt Herges started the season 8-0, the first pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela to open the season with eight straight victories. The Dodgers won 86 games, but failed to make the post-season, finishing second in the Western Division of the National League. Manager Davey Johnson was fired after the season and replaced with bench coach Jim Tracy.

2002 Atlanta Braves season

The 2002 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 37th season in Atlanta and 132nd overall. The Braves won their 11th consecutive division title, finishing 19 games ahead of the second-place Montreal Expos. The Braves lost the 2002 Divisional Series to the eventual NL Champion San Francisco Giants, 3 games to 2.

2002 marked the final year that pitchers Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz played on the same team ending the reign of what has been considered by many the greatest pitching trio of all-time. All three would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame a decade later. Smoltz set the Braves' single season record for saves (55). Chipper Jones moved to the outfield in left field to allow for Vinny Castilla to be signed and added to the lineup at third base. Julio Franco became a regular player in the second stint of his Major League career and Gary Sheffield was acquired to the Braves in 2002, playing at right field.

2003 Atlanta Braves season

The 2003 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 38th season in Atlanta and 133rd overall. The Braves won their 12th consecutive division title, finishing 10 games ahead of the second-place Florida Marlins. The Braves lost the 2003 Divisional Series to the Chicago Cubs, 3 games to 2. The Braves finished 2003 with their best offensive season in franchise history, hitting a franchise record 235 home runs. Atlanta also had one of the most noteworthy combined offensive outfield productions in league history.

The Braves' starting rotation had new faces in 2003, but aged pitchers. Opposite of what they were traditionally known for in years earlier. Greg Maddux was joined by trade acquisitions Mike Hampton and Russ Ortiz, free agent Shane Reynolds and rookie Horacio Ramírez. Critics noted had Atlanta had a younger staff with this offense, they would've been more likely to win the World Series. Marcus Giles had an All-Star season as the Braves' second baseman and Gary Sheffield as the Braves' right fielder. Sheffield finished with a top 5 voting in NL MVP voting. 2003 also marked the last season for Maddux, ending his tenure in Atlanta after 11 seasons.

2004 Atlanta Braves season

The 2004 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 39th season in Atlanta and 134th overall. The Braves won their 13th consecutive division title under Manager of the Year Bobby Cox, finishing 10 games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves lost the 2004 Divisional Series to the Houston Astros, 3 games to 2.

J. D. Drew replaced Gary Sheffield (lost to the Yankees in free agency) in the outfield, free agent John Thomson joined the rotation, and rookies Adam LaRoche and Charles Thomas saw significant playing time on a younger 2004 Braves team.

Gary Sheffield (bobsleigh)

Gary J. Sheffield (August 18, 1936 – November 20, 2004) was an American bobsledder who competed from the early 1950s to the early 1960s. He won four medals at the FIBT World Championships with one gold (Four-man: 1959) and three silvers (Two-man: 1961, Four-man: 1951, 1961). In 2004, he died at the age of 68.

Gary Sheffield (historian)

Gary D. Sheffield is an English academic at the University of Wolverhampton, specialising in military history. He has published widely, especially on the First World War, and contributes to many newspapers, journals and magazines. He frequently broadcasts on television and radio.Sheffield was educated at Raynes Park High School before studying history at the University of Leeds (BA 1982, MA by research 1985) under Edward Spiers and Hugh Cecil. Following his MA, Sheffield became a lecturer in war studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1985, and studied at King's College, London under Brian Bond for a part-time PhD awarded in 1994. In 1999 he became a senior lecturer in the Defence Studies Department of King's College London and Land Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course at the UK's Joint Services Command and Staff College.In 2005 Sheffield was appointed Professor of modern history at King's College London and the following year was appointed the first professor of war studies at the University of Birmingham. In 2013, Sheffield was appointed Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. In 2009 Prof Sheffield became a Vice President of The Western Front Association, and in 2019 he became President of The Western Front Association. Sheffield is variously credited as Gary Sheffield, G. Sheffield and G. D. Sheffield.

In 2011 Sheffield published his second book on Field Marshal Douglas Haig, entitled The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army (Aurum Press, 2011). The Daily Telegraph praised "Sheffield's solid scholarship and admirable advocacy" yet added that "the nagging thought remains: what a terrible shame it was that Haig’s progress along his learning curve had to be greased by such deep floods of blood."Sheffield is President of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides, and President of the Western Front Association. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute, Visiting Professor at the Humanities Research Institute of the University of Buckingham, member of the academic Advisory Panel of the National Army Museum, and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust.

Helena Brewers

The Helena Brewers were a Minor League Baseball team in the Pioneer League located in Helena, Montana, from 1978 to 2018. The team played their home games at Kindrick Legion Field, which was built in 1939. They were affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers (1985–2000, 2003–2018) and Philadelphia Phillies (1978–1983).

Among the best-known players to play in Helena are Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who started his career with the Phillies in Helena, Gary Sheffield, who started his career with the Helena Gold Sox in 1986, Jeff Cirillo and Mark Loretta who began their careers with the 1991 and 1993 Helena Brewers, respectively; and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun.

List of Los Angeles Dodgers team records

This is a list of team records for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

List of Miami Marlins team records

The Miami Marlins are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in the U.S. state of Florida. The Marlins became members of MLB as an expansion team in the 1993 season. Through 2017, they have played 3,981 games, winning 1,870 and losing 2,111 for a winning percentage of .470. This list documents the superlative records and accomplishments of team members during their tenures as Marlins in MLB's National League East.

Giancarlo Stanton holds the most franchise records as of the end of the 2018 season, with ten records, including both the most career and single-season Home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and total bases records.

No Marlin holds a Major League or National League record for any of the below statistics. However, the Marlins are tied with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Houston Astros for the shortest franchise record losing streak, recording 11 straight losses twice in 1998 and once in June 2011.

Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins are an American professional baseball team based in Miami, Florida. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. Their home park is Marlins Park. Though one of only two MLB franchises to have never won a division title (the other is the Colorado Rockies), the Marlins have won two World Series championships as a wild card team.

The team began play as an expansion team in the 1993 season as the Florida Marlins and played home games from their inaugural season to the 2012 season at what was originally called Joe Robbie Stadium, which they shared with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Since the 2012 season, they have played at Marlins Park in downtown Miami, on the site of the former Orange Bowl. The new park, unlike their previous home (which was criticized in its baseball configuration for poor sight lines in some locations), was designed foremost as a baseball park. Per an agreement with the city and Miami-Dade County (which owns the park), the Marlins officially changed their name to the "Miami Marlins" on November 11, 2011. They also adopted a new logo, color scheme, and uniforms.The Marlins have the distinction of winning a World Series championship in both seasons they qualified for the postseason, doing so in 1997 and 2003—both times as the National League wild card team, making them the only franchise in the major four North American professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) to have never lost a playoff round. They defeated the American League (AL) champion Cleveland Indians in the 1997 World Series, with shortstop Édgar Rentería driving in second baseman Craig Counsell for the series-clinching run in the 11th inning of the seventh and deciding game. In the 2003 season, manager Jeff Torborg was fired after 38 games. The Marlins were in last place in the NL East with a 16–22 record at the time. Torborg's successor, 72-year-old Jack McKeon, led them to the NL wild card berth in the postseason; they defeated the New York Yankees four games to two in the 2003 World Series.

Silver Slugger Award

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value". Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats. The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet (91 cm) tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league and plated with sterling silver.The prize is presented to outfielders irrespective of their specific position. This means that it is possible for three left fielders, or any other combination of outfielders, to win the award in the same year, rather than one left fielder, one center fielder, and one right fielder. In addition, only National League pitchers receive a Silver Slugger Award; lineups in the American League include a designated hitter in place of the pitcher in the batting order, so the designated hitter receives the award instead.Home run record-holder Barry Bonds won twelve Silver Slugger Awards in his career as an outfielder, the most of any player. He also won the award in five consecutive seasons twice in his career: from 1990 to 1994, and again from 2000 to 2004. Retired former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza and former New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez are tied for second, with ten wins each. Rodriguez' awards are split between two positions; he won seven Silver Sluggers as a shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, and three with the Yankees as a third baseman. Wade Boggs leads third basemen with eight Silver Slugger Awards; Barry Larkin leads shortstops with nine. Other leaders include Ryne Sandberg (seven wins as a second baseman) and Mike Hampton (five wins as a pitcher). Todd Helton and Albert Pujols are tied for the most wins among first baseman with four, although Pujols has won two awards at other positions. David Ortiz has won seven awards at designated hitter position, the most at that position.

Vance Lovelace

Vance Odell Lovelace (born August 9, 1963 in Tampa, Florida) was a Major League Baseball pitcher from 1988 to 1990 for the California Angels and Seattle Mariners. Lovelace was a southpaw power pitcher from Tampa's Hillsborough High School, the same school where Dwight Gooden and Gary Sheffield played. Lovelace appeared in nine games during his career, all in relief, and finished with a 0-0 career record, and a 5.79 ERA over just 4.2 total innings pitched.

He joined the Dodgers as Vice-President of Player Personnel in 2009 and his position was changed to Special Advisor to the President in 2014, which he held through 2016.

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