HOT STOVE THOUGHTS: GARY SHEFFIELD
I’ll place the over/under on 2007 games played for Gary Sheffield at 76. Sheffield was very injury-prone until about 1999. That pattern stopped until last year when he played in only 39 games. He’s 38 years old and at some point the body just can’t handle the grind.
Cashman was more than happy to get rid of Sheffield. Sheffield has seemingly felt slighted wherever he has played. He even said so much after his recent trade, commenting on being reunited with Dombrowski and Leyland:
“They’re business-minded. They’re smart people. They’re respectful people. They treat you like men. That’s what you want to be around. To reunite with them after 10 years is a blessing.”
The Tigers will be the 7th team Sheffield plays for.