Gary Sheffield

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Vital Statistics:

Born: November 18, 1968

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Height: 6-0

Weight: 215

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Family: Wife, DeLeon; children Gary Jr., Jaden, Ebony, Carissa and Noah

Primary position: Designated hitter

Before The Bigs:
  • A nephew of former Cy Young Award winner Dwight Gooden, Sheffield starred for a Florida little league team that advanced to the Little League World Series in 1980 and 1981.

  • Drafted in the first round (sixth overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1986.
  • Had 103 RBIs in 1987 in 129 games in his first full pro season as a shortstop at Single-A Stockton.
  • Hit 17 home runs in 77 games at Double-A El Paso and .344 with nine home runs at Triple-A Denver in 1988 before being called up to the Brewers.

Career Highlights:
  • A nine-time All-Star (1992, '93, '96, '98, '99, 2000, 2003, '04, '05) with five different teams (Padres, Marlins, Dodgers, Braves and Yankees).
  • After hitting .191 and missing most of the 1991 season to injury, he was traded to the Padres and won the NL batting title in 1992, hitting .330 with 33 home runs and 100 RBI.
  • Holds the Marlins' record for home runs in a season (42 in 1996). He led the NL in on-base percentage (.465) that season.
  • Was on the World Series-winning Florida Marlins in 1997.
  • Controversies:
    • Sheffield told Sports Illustrated in 2004 that he unknowingly took steroids in 2001 when working out with Barry Bonds, when a cream was applied by a trainer.
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