Gary Sheffield
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"Gary Antonian Sheffield" is an American retired Major League Baseball outfielder. He played with eight teams in the major leagues from 1988 to 2009. He currently works as a sports agent.

For most of his career, Sheffield played right fielder/right field, though he has also played Left fielder/left field, third base, shortstop, and a handful of games at first baseman/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 amateur draft after a standout prep career at Hillsborough High School (Florida)/Hillsborough High School in Tampa. He bats and throws right-handed.

At the start of the 2010 Major League Baseball season/2010 season, Sheffield ranked second among all active players in base on balls/walks (1,475), third in run (baseball)/runs (1,636), fourth in Run batted in/RBIs (1,676), fifth in Hit (baseball)/hits (2,689) and home runs (509), and sixth in hit by pitches (135). Sheffield hit his 500th home run on April 17, 2009.

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It's a testament to why he's been here 11 years. I think this one was a little more intense. I just felt the conviction behind it. . . . When he says it a certain way, it has some meaning behind it and today it felt different.

He's going to make sure it's done. It's always calm, but he had that look.

I'm sure everybody in a family has a person in their family that has a problem ? drug related or whatever. He happens to be the one. It's just one of those things where when he hurts, I hurt.

They brought me in and told me they were probably going to pick the option up. You always want to earn whatever you get. I take a lot pride in that. He didn't have to bring me in today. I appreciate that. When I was a free agent, a lot of teams called and I really didn't answer. There was only one place, and that still remains the same. I don't want to play for nobody else but the Yankees.

I'm a year at a time guy. If I have a good year, go on the next one. I want to go out on a high note.

I've never had an organization come to me and say, 'Eventually, we're going to take care of you. I've never had anyone say, 'I'm going to take care of you.' Why shouldn't I be happy? That's a first for me in 17 years.

I think it was needed because at this point in my career my body needs to heal. I wasn't giving it a chance to heal. I think that's why the injuries affected me late in the season. Now I get a chance to get in shape at spring training and start off fresh.