When Gary Sheffield was with the Dodgers, he was a force to be reckoned with at the plate. In his 4 years in Los Angeles, Shef slugged 129 homeruns and made 2 All-Star teams. The big right-handed bat also tallied a grand total of just 232 strikeouts in 558 games played.
Because of his success and ability to not strike out often, Sheffield apparently doesn’t enjoy MLB games anymore. The former Dodgers outfielder recently talked about the product of the field in today’s game and how he actually doesn’t watch any baseball games these days.
I’ll tell you the secret now: I never watched the games during the season. I would get educated on it when I got there. … It’s not something that I could watch, based on what I’m seeing, because I’ll be a complainer.
Sheffield clarified that when he was working for TBS, he had people fill him in on what was happening around the league. He went on to talk about what specifically he doesn’t enjoy about the game, and there are a few Dodgers he would probably hate to watch.
When I see a pop-up player that everybody gravitates to — he’s the face of the team, the face of the city — and he has 100 strikeouts in April. When I see stuff like that, I’m not one of those older players that scoffs at the game and then talk about the game in a negative light. I just speak on facts.
For example, Max Muncy slugged 70 homeruns in his first 2 seasons with the Dodgers. He also struck out 280 times in that span. So while he’s kind of annoying about it, Shef does have a little bit of a point.
Sheffield went on to say that because of rule changes to help out hitters, homeruns aren’t impressive anymore. He boasted that homeruns hit when he was playing were way more difficult and thus far more impressive. Okay, guy.