Saturday, April 18, 2009
Gary Sheffield, 3B, OF
Played for the Marlins: 1993-1998
Other Teams: Milwaukee (198-1993), San Diego (199-1993), Los Angeles (1998-2001), Atlanta (2002-2003), Yankees (2004-2006), Detroit (2007-2008), Mets (2009-)
Marlins fans know him because: He pretty much tripled the Marlins' legitimacy when he was traded to the team during the inaugural year. Sheffield was the team's first star, and played on the 1997 World Series team. He also holds the team single-season home run record, hitting 42 in 1996. Sheffield was traded to the Dodgers in the infamous Mike Piazza trade.
Everyone else knows him because: He has one of the most violent swings in baseball history. Sheff hit his 500th career home run last night, and we congratulate him. Implicated in the BALCO scandal, Sheffield was also not afraid to say that he was under more scrutiny than Mark McGwire because he was black, which ruffled some feathers. Sheffield was also a 9-time All Star and 1992 NL batting champ.
Best Marlins moment: I had a hard time thinking of a single moment, until Ted reminded me of Sheffield's game-saving catch off of Sandy Alomar in Game 5 of the 1997 World Series. Gary had a good series, going 7 for 24 with 8 walks, one home run, 5 RBI, and a .943 OPS in 7 games.