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Sheffield “disrespected” by Rays, now 99.9% retired

Jan 6, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

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Remember when Gary Sheffield showed up to the Winter Meetings and said he was just there “to advise” a couple of young players?  And then remember when he later admitted that he had an interest in playing again, specifically for the Rays?

You might also remember that Rays manager Joe Maddon took Sheffield out to dinner as a courtesy and to “get to know him,” but that the Tampa Bay front office did not want to add a 42-year-old who sat out for all of the 2010 season.

As expected, nothing ever came of that dinner.  The now well-run Rays don’t throw money at veterans, especially veterans that they have no use for.  Maddon was simply being nice in listening to what Sheffield had to say.

Yet, Sheffield went on to tell ESPN 1040 in Tampa on Thursday that he “felt a little disrespected” that the Rays never bothered to call him once the Winter Meetings ended.  The .292/.393/.514 career hitter said that he is now “99.9 percent” committed to retirement because his hometown team won’t have him.

That Joe Maddon is a real jerk.  Or something.

  1. hep3 - Jan 6, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    It would really be great if Sheffield retired and disappeared from public view so that we never had to hear about how someone disrespected him ever again.

    What a maroon.

  2. danielrhall - Jan 6, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Oh, Please. Retire the other 0.1% and go away.

  3. xmatt0926x - Jan 7, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Haha. Thats hillarious. Anyone over 33 or so remembers from day 1 of this clowns career that somehow, some way he always seems to get disrespected or he’s a victim of racism, doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Its like Milton Bradley. How many teams do the problems have to occur on before you understand that maybe it isnt everyone else, it’s just you. Like Bradley, this guy is a cancer that should be avoided at all costs. Some athletes and just regular people in general are just looking to be wronged by the world and they keep looking until they find it. The world owes them everything for free and if you dont give it to them then you must have been secretly out to get them.

  4. pisano - Jan 7, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Don’t go away mad Gary, just go the hell away. This asshole is not only a cancer to any team he’s ever been on, but he’s a walking race card.

    • nps6724 - Jan 7, 2011 at 1:35 AM

      To be fair, Shef was a model citizen in Atlanta. I think that’s the only team he ever played for without any incidents.

  5. Chris K - Jan 7, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Now that he’s retired, we can start talking about him on the HOF ballot. How exciting!

  6. stankfinger - Jan 7, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    Prepare to be ‘disrespected’ 5 years from now too buddy! :)

    • largebill - Jan 7, 2011 at 7:29 AM

      Actually 4 years from now since no one wanted the jack@ss last year either.

      Regarding the jerks comments, it is the spoiled athlete syndrome. The “I’m not being respected” garbage really bugs me. Failing to always get your way is not necessarily a matter of respect. Believe it or not, people base decisions on other factors than just your sense of self-worth. Even the athletes considered good guys have trouble understanding how these personnel decisions are made. Thome last week was talking that this seasons contract should make up for being underpaid last year. No, Jim. This years contract (if you get one) will be based on an evaluation of the market (more DH’s than open DH jobs), your expected contributions (over 40 equals no guarantee of performing at last years level), etc. Teams overpay when the player has leverage. They don’t need to overpay when a player is not in high demand. That probably applies to Sheffield double. What TB could expect from him is probably worth a lot less than what he would want in compensation. If TB offered him a contract for what he’s worth to them he’d be screaming even more about being disrespected. Or worse yet for the team he’d sign it and then be a malcontent as soon as he had a couple good games and decided they underpaid him.

  7. Jonny 5 - Jan 7, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    Sheffield: Blabitty blah blah blipity. Blue blue blupity bleep bleep. Waaaaaa!!!! Waaaaa!!!!

    “He’s been very verbal about his need for sufficient financial compensation and respect, demanding better pay when he was with the Dodgers, and refusing to play in the inaugural World Baseball Classic, saying “his season is when he’s getting paid.” When was this 98′ ???

  8. BC - Jan 7, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Sheffield is a chipwich.
    (Sorry, I’m on a chipwich roll today)

  9. lanflfan - Jan 7, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    The only person who doesn’t know Gary Sheffield is retired is, apparently, Gary Sheffield. I seriously hope he is joking about “advising” young players. I “advise” him to find a nice house in South Florida and get lost in it.

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