Don't laugh! Sheffield's predictions ...

Don't laugh! Sheffield's predictions were accurate

There are 17 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 27, 2007, titled Don't laugh! Sheffield's predictions were accurate. In it, Newsday reports that:

We really don't want to defend Gary Sheffield and his propensity to open his mouth and say something controversial, then change his mind 20 minutes later.

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Bronx Bomber

United States

#1 Jun 27, 2007
Jim A -

I felt a bad feeling when that trade was done. I just shake my head on that move. BUT, would A-rod have the same season? sheff is RH so I do not know.

Since: Jun 07

Oceanside, NY

#2 Jun 27, 2007
I don't want a player here who I distinctly remember stating, "my wrist is feeling OK, but I know it'd feel a lot better if my contract was all worked out." No thanks. Gary is a TOOL. I much prefer my moping leftfielder who forgets the pitch count, bunts for $16 million and looks as if he is a lost child at the game looking for his Papi.

Since: Jun 07

Oceanside, NY

#3 Jun 27, 2007
oops, rightfielder. Now I'm the one that's lost. It's uh, the 90 degree heat. lol
Sad Yankee fan

Astoria, NY

#4 Jun 27, 2007
The main focus should there any way to catch the Sox with Abreu in the lineup?

New York, NY

#5 Jun 27, 2007
Jim, As much as I hat to admit it - I was wrong about Sheffield. If he was in right field the Yanks would be a lot better off. Abreu, to me, is the primary reason why this season has been a disaster. They have gotten virtually nothing, aside from his one very hot streak, from him. The injuries to the starters at the beginning of the season really has done a lot of damage to the bullpen guys in the long run. They pitched so much early! Now the injuries to Damon and Giambi have killed the lineup plus Matsui is having a sub-par year.
What really annoys me more than anything is Cano. I can see a player being in a slump but he has displayed no bat control or ability to wait for his pitch. More than anything though - when he jogs down to first base after a groundout, he embarrases himself and the Yankees. How can he jog when truly great players like Jeter and ARod run everything out at full speed. The only fault I find with Torre is not putting Cano on the bench until he starts to hustle.
I have been a fan since right after the Dodgers left Brookly and broke my heart as a 9 year old. Realistically - I can't see them making the playoffs this year mostly because of the quality of the teams already ahead of them. But that's got to be ok! They've had a great streak and have really entertained their fans every year for a long time now. I think that Brian Cashman is to blame for some of their problems but injuries have really hurt and I think that Brian is on the right track in building up the minor league system again. As for Joe Torre - he has handled himself with grace and been a good representative of the Yanks. I would let him stay on for as long as he wanted to manage. I would love to see Zim come back but that's probably never going to happen unless George made up with him. Looks like they wasted the money on Clemens but at least they tried.
The Desert Cat

New York, NY

#6 Jun 27, 2007
Are you saying Abreu is an MVP? I find it hard to believe that one player is bringing down the Yankees. I don't see how Abreu can help Melky and Jeter make simple plays and how he can strengthen a very erratic, poor bullpen. It's a tired, old team with a tired, old manager.
Booby Abreu

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Jun 27, 2007
I NEVER wanted the Yanks to get rid of Sheff. I loved the guys bat. Bad move imo...what can ya do?
NoVa Met Fan

Vienna, VA

#8 Jun 27, 2007
The thing about Sheffeld is that once he's worn out his welcome, he's a detriment to the organization, no matter what his numbers are. Ironically, the Phillies getting rid of Abreu last year is a perfect example of that. With him, they were a losing ballclub, without him they went 36 and 22. Whatever Sheffeld is doing with the bat this year, his presence in the Yankee clubhouse would make things so rancid, they really wouldn't be any better off.

As for Cano, he's still quite young, and probably feeling very frustrated and confused. The atmosphere around Yankee Stadium is probably not the best right now, and it may be getting to him.

Wappingers Falls, NY

#9 Jun 27, 2007
this writer is a genius at stating the obvious with his 20/20 hindsight. wasn't it not too long ago where he said they should get rid of a-rod? next year when a-rod is hitting 50 home runs for another team he will tell us that they should not have let a-rod go.
Barry Fleckmann

Toms River, NJ

#10 Jun 27, 2007
Yes, everything the writer says is true. Gary Sheffield IS having a fine year in Detroit. However, that's no indication that he would've had the same year, in New York, with the Yanks. Where's the common denominator? The game scenarios were different; he was playing in different parks, and facing different pitchers. The guy who hit in front of him was different, as was the batter hitting behind him. Managers were different, too; they were flashing different signs. Finally, I'm sure, in Detroit, Sheffield didn't have to face a daily phalanx of media people, either. Newspaper, radio and TV people; all asking the same insipid questions, and prodding him with their microphones. Phil Mushnick, of the New York Post, routinely eschews this notion that things would turn out the same (games, at-bats) if a player plays, here, or a player plays, there. As Mushnick likes to point out,
NOTHING is the same. If Gary Sheffield were still playing for the Yanks (YIKES!!), they'd likely STILL be two games under .500, only with a bitter, morose and disgruntled player in right-field.

Valley Stream, NY

#11 Jun 27, 2007
Glad Shef is gone if he was still here he would NOT be producing the numbers he is in Detroit. The guy could not handle the pressure of playing in New York.


#12 Jun 27, 2007
It wasn't Jim that wanted A-Rod gone, I believe it was know nothing Wally the writer that uses crayons. Jim is generally on the mark and a good writer. I do believe however that I would have taken a broken bat in exchange for the always unhappy Sheff. He's a poison as Detroit will soon find out. Precisely why he's a big talent but never lasts more then a couple of years anywhere.

Buffalo, NY

#13 Jun 27, 2007
Please, someone take Cano, put him in a canoe and send him up the canal!!
Terry Mohr

Santa Ynez, CA

#14 Jun 27, 2007
I have to say Gary Sheffield was truly accurrate with his comment about Abreu. Even though Abreu is 5 years younger than Sheffield, he will never be the hitter we had in Sheffield. I have been a die hard Yankee fan since 1962, and this team is seriously underachieving. This team is going down the toilet bowl fast. Somehow someway Cashman needs to get Gagne and Teixera like yesterday. We need another big bat in the lineup to set the table for Alex, and we need some immediate bullpen help.
chris wilson


#15 Jun 28, 2007
I agree with you terry as my first post we need to start winning and fast if we want to make the playoffs this year

Beaver Dam, KY

#16 Jun 28, 2007
I love the Yanks so much,and it kills
me when I see the way some fans abuse
our players ,when they have a hard time.
Canoe is a wonderful young player,and if
we ever let him go it would be a very stupid
move.Last year Arod was everybodys enemy,my
point is great players are still human,and
they are going to have bad days,etc.Now
players like Abreu are different,I cant
see him earning his weight.Iam still glad
however that we let sheff go,I think he is
much more trouble then hes worth,and to think
we could have had Vlad instead of him(ooohh).
My main concern right now is our age on the mound.I think we need to focus on youth,talent
and people who can play the position.For
one time the Yanks need to think ahead.
Stay away from the old men that just
hit a few home runs but cant even play first.

Massapequa, NY

#18 Jul 2, 2007
Without question the Yankees made a mistake when they decided to keep Abreu over Sheffield. But this was a Brian Cashman move. For once, I'd have to say that Mr. Steinbrenner got it right with Sheff. For as much as he has a big mouth, he backs it up with his bat and glove. Abreu hasn't been half the hitter or fielder Sheffield was when he was healthy.

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