Sheff Hangs Up the Spikes
By Ernie Padaon
Major League outfielder, Gary Sheffield, is hanging up the spikes and finishes his career with 509 home runs. It has been over 17 years since he was flipping that bat back and forth like a tooth pick for our San Diego Padres. As a Padre, he was a 2-time all-star, a silver slugger award winner and competed to win the triple crown. He has been bouncing from team-to-team and league-to-league since until his retirement today.
The Brewers traded him to the San Diego Padres for Ricky Bones, José Valentin, and Matt Mieske on March 26, 1992 and then on June 24, 1993, he was traded along with Rich Rodriguez to the Florida Marlins for some guy named Trevor Hoffman. Trevor has become an icon in our city and Sheff just kept producing everywhere he went, turned out to be a fair trade for both sides.
It is crazy to think that he used to play 3B with us since he spent the rest of his career patrolling the outfield. His violent trademark batting style will never be forgotten. Thanks for the memories!