Thanksgiving weekend is coming up, so news will likely be a little slow. Hopefully Peter Bendix is considering some pitching additions. There's some catching upgrades available as well. In the meantime, a certain former Miami Marlins star is still on the Hall of Fame ballot on 2024. I'm talking about Gary Sheffield of course. Sheffield won the World Series in 1997 with the then Florida Marlins.
Should former Miami Marlins star Gary Sheffield make the Hall of Fame next year?
Gary Sheffield received 55% of the vote last year, 75% is what a player needs to get in order to make the Hall of Fame. That's 20% more that Sheffield needs to get. This will be his 10'th and final time on the ballot, so if he doesn't get to 75% that's it for him. Should he and will he get in?
Gary Sheffield had a controversial career with the comments that he made, and the revelation that he used steroids. Sheffield debuted as a 19 year old with the Milwaukee Brewers. He played for the team from 1988 to 1991. He was actually a third baseman for most of that time, and batted .259/.319/.376 in 294 games and 1110 AB. He was traded to the San Diego Padres for the 1992 season. He batted .330/.385/.580 with 33 home runs and 100 RBI in 146 games and 557 AB.
Sheffield was traded to the then Florida Marlins in 1993, and batted .292/.361/.476 that season. He had a solid run with The Fish, batting .288/.436/.557 in 446 games and and 1498 AB. In the World Series winning 1997 season, he batted .250/.424/.446 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI, in 135 games and 444 AB. He batted .320/.521/.540 in the 16 playoff games.
Gary Sheffield split 1998 between the Florida Marlins and the Los Angeles Dodgers (he was traded by The Fish mid-season). He batted .302/.428/.524 in 130 games and 437 AB. Sheffield played for LA, the Atlanta Braves, the New York Yankees, the Detroit Tigers and finally the New York Mets until 2009.
So what are his career stats? He has a career .292/.393/.514 batting line and a career 60.5 WAR. Will he get in? I don't see it. He had a controversial career and I don't see enough WAR for him to get in. Should he? That's debatable. He had a very inconsistent up and down career so it depends on your view. I'd vote him in if it was up to me.