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Gary Sheffield thinks he nailed that interview

Dec 14, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

*May 25 - 00:05*

Last week I talked about Gary Sheffield prowling the Winter Meetings. Today we learn that he met with Joe Maddon to talk more about his comeback that probably isn’t happening:

“I had a meeting with the Rays, and they’re going to get back to me,” Sheffield said Monday on Sirius XM Radio. “It’s out there now that they’re talking to me and hopefully something comes about.”

“They said they had my resume on file,” Sheffield did not add.  “I really think I impressed Mr. Maddon. I totally nailed that question about where I saw myself in five years. And I made sure to ask questions.”

Sources close to the Rays report that Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton are not actually part of the hiring committee considering Sheffield’s candidacy, but went along on the lunch interview because “hey, free lunch.”

  1. dondbaseball - Dec 14, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Sheffield would be a great role model for Upton. NOT! Despite my deep dislike of Gary, he would actually be a DH upgrade for the Rays but he would certainly ruin the clubhouse and potentially infect the rookie Jennings in a less than positive way. But as a Yankee fan, I say go get ‘em Joe, he nailed your interview!

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    I’d be interested to see if a 90 year old Sheffield has an ounce of humility in him now, but not at the cost of watching him make another million bucks based on what he did several years ago and beyond.

    The game’s got enough ego without you, old man. Besides, joining the market at a time where you’re competing with Matsui, Thome, Manny and many others for DH-type jobs also won’t do you any favors.

  3. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 14, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Six-Degrees-of-Cliff-Lee

    1. Sheffield once played for Detroit
    2. Detroit is the home of GM
    3. The Phillies GM is a ninja for signing Cliff Lee

    • mvd513 - Dec 15, 2010 at 5:57 AM

      Wouldnt Sheffield played for the Yankees with A-Rod who used to play for the Rangers which was Cliff Lee’s previous team make more sense?
      Or if we’re using actual connections…
      1. Sheff played on the 2006 Yankees with Johnny Damon.
      2. Damon played on the 2009 Yankees with CC Sabathia.
      3. Sabathia played on the Indians with Lee for multiple seaons.
      ?

  4. Ace - Dec 14, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Yes, but did he remember to send a hand-written thank you note to Mr. Maddon following the interview? If he’s still jobless come next season, that will be the reason. That and the complete erosion of his skills as a baseball player.

    • Old Gator - Dec 14, 2010 at 5:18 PM

      Was that a copy of What Color is you Parachute sticking out of his back pocket?

  5. kevinrohling - Dec 14, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Asdf

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 14, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Not for nuthin, but the guy did hit .276/.372/.451 for the Mets in ’09. How many teams got an .823 out of their DH last season? And that was playing in the park that ruined David Wright, Jason Bay, etc etc.

    You can make any arguments you want about the guy being a head case, but it is a tougher sell to say his hitting skills have eroded.

  7. Ick McWang - Dec 14, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    the only reason he wont play is his salary demands. its why he was out of the game last year, and why he probably will be out of the game this year. He wants a 1 year, 1 million deal, the Rays might bite. But if still thinks he is worth 4,5,6 million, he won’t play for the rays, thats for sure

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