Fantasy Baseball Outfielder - Gary Sheffield
Fantasy baseball player profile - Gary Sheffield.
Gary Sheffield is one of the old warhorses of Major League Baseball. At 38 years old, the power hitting outfielder has played for 7 different teams in 19 different seasons. Usually where he has gone, Sheffield has been outspoken and controversial.
Gary Sheffield spends most of his time as a designated hitter these days, a job which he continues to perform at a tremendously high level. Even at 39, Sheffield is said to have one of the fastest swings in baseball.
Gary Sheffield Stats
Gary Sheffield has a career .298 batting average. Over the course of his career, he has averaged 33 HR and 109 RBI per year. Sheffield was a major factor in the 1997 Florida Marlins World Series title chase. He has made many appearances in the postseason, mainly due to his time with the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees.
Gary Sheffield Controversies
Gary Sheffield seems constantly to be involved in one incident or another. Sheffield has gone to the media on more than one occasion to demand more money from his team, which is one reason he has moved around the league so much.
Gary Sheffield has trained in the offseason with Barry Bonds, leading many to suspect that the power hitter is a steroid user. Early in 2007, Sheffield mentioned that there are fewer African-Americans in MLB, because the teams want Latinos who they can "control". He went on to mention that the faces are still black, but the language isn't English anymore.
One would think that Sheffield's marriage to a gospel singer would inoculate him from marital controversy. But Sheffield's wife, Deleon Richards, turned up in an R. Kelly sex tape in 2004.
Sheffield's family is known for controversy, too. He is the nephew of former Mets great, Dwight Gooden, who himself weathered years on controversy in his Major League career. Sheffield is also cousins with Tim Carter, a receiver for the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns. Carter has not been tied to any controversy I'm aware of.