Gary Antonian Sheffield (born November 18, 1968) 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 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. He bats and throws right-handed.
At the start of the 2010 season, 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 hit his 500th home run on April 17, 2009.
He is the uncle of 2014 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year, Justus Sheffield. After retirement, he started to work as an agent. His current clients include Josh Banks and Jason Grilli.
- ^ Lukehart, Jason (2014-06-05). "MLB Draft 2014: Indians select Justus Sheffield #31 overall". SB Nation. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
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