Unbelievable. Gary Sheffield is running his mouth again. This time? He’s upset with being a DH even though he agreed to those terms before he was traded to the Tigers. He’s also doing this while his team languishes below the .500 mark, 8 games out of first place.
“I can be in the outfield and play every day. I don’t want to DH,” Sheffield told the Boston Globe. “I don’t feel like a baseball player when I DH. I don’t know how to be the leader that I am from the bench. I can’t be a vocal leader. I can’t talk to guys from the bench because I don’t feel right about it.
I’m in a role now where I don’t know what to do, really. The guys are out there busting their butt for nine innings, they come in and they hit and they grind. I just sit down and hit. That’s all I do, so I can’t be in a leadership role from that position.”
Sheffield also seems to be a bit misinformed as to what defines a platoon. “I come in some days and I don’t play and some days I play. That’s platooning to me,” Sheffield said. “You might think it’s different. It’s not a big deal, but that’s the way I feel.”
“Anybody that has a brain knows that’s not a platoon,” Leyland said.
And Leyland did give him a chance to play in the outfield. “I tried to play him in the outfield. It didn’t work,” Leyland said. “He couldn’t throw in from the outfield.”
Sheffield is hitting .219/.321/.371 with 10 homers this year.