Most Popular Fish of All Time
By Phil Kimmel
The big bat of the Marlins from 1993-1998, Gary Sheffield was a force to be reckoned with. Mashing 122 long balls during his tenure with the Fish, Sheffield held the team record for quite some time. Sheffield still holds the record for most home runs by a Marlin in a single season at 42.
Originally acquired from the Padres for future Hall of Famer, Trevor Hoffman, and two other prospects, Sheffield quickly became a household name for the Marlin faithful. The same season that he was acquired, 1993, Sheffield made the All-Star team for the National League as their starting third baseman.
Sheffield was also part of the 1997 World Series team and was a Silver Slugger for the Fish in 1996. Forever remembered by his batting stance and the bat waggle that accompanied it, Sheffield’s power was unrivaled by any Marlin for quite some time.
Sheffield fell victim to the Marlins and their notorious trades in 1998. Along with Charles Johnson, Bobby Bonilla, and a few others, the Fish made a deal with the Dodgers for future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile. We all know how long Piazza stayed with the Marlins after that.