Tampa’s Gary Sheffield strikes out in last year on baseball Hall ballot


Gary Sheffield observed his friend Fred McGriff’s decade-long journey on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot without induction. Experiencing both the disappointment and joy when McGriff later earned recognition, Sheffield, falling 43 votes short in his 10th year, aspires to a comparable trajectory for his remarkable 22-year career with 509 home runs. Sheffield emphasizes the importance of entry regardless of the path, expressing contentment with his on-field contributions. Having shared McGriff’s emotional journey, Sheffield hopes for eventual acknowledgment, highlighting the desire to recognize greatness. While three players secured Hall of Fame honors on Tuesday—Adrian Beltre, Todd Helton, and Joe Mauer—Sheffield remains optimistic about his own prospects, appreciating the recognition of contributions to the sport.

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