The Dude Sheff Will Not Abide

Just a day after our Peerless Hero declared all was quiet on the Yankee front, we learn that a storm is now at hand. (Peace for 24 hours—at least it’s better than Iraq). Yes, A-Rod may want to stay in the Apple, but Sheff wants O-U-T. The Yankees will apparently pick up his $13 million option for next year. But Sheff’s not anxious to play first base for a season, and he’s not happy to be dangled about as trade bait by the Bombers. “This will not work, this will not work at all,” says Sheff. He’d prefer free agency, and the abilty to sign with the highest bidder. Walter and Donny George and Brian apparently have other ideas.

-Will the Yanks really pick up Sheff’s option?
-Will they deal him?
-If they get a nice return, will Alex stay?
-Where will the Nihilists media go with this?

Okay. Gotta go fix the cable….

31 comments… add one
  • Sheff, always having to pee on someone else’s rug…

    SF October 26, 2006, 10:38 am
  • Man. Sheff, at least to a degree (and I’m sure this is obvious to everyone here) RUINED any bargaining position the Yankees might’ve been in. Sure, a typical Sheffield season is certainly fair at $13M, even more fair if the Yankees pick up some money. But would other teams want the risk of the clubhouse cancer that is/could be Sheffield? Would they want to get someone who might dog it just to get himself off of that team? And even if they do take the risk, it is a risk, so why should they give up top-flight talent? Sheff’s talented, and if his wrist(s) are in shape, then he can be an extremely productive bat when he chooses to be. No arguing that. Just don’t think he’d end up being worth what the Yankees will ask for him.

    Quo October 26, 2006, 10:59 am
  • The thing is what is Sheff going to do? Not play? Fine, then he doesn’t get paid.

    Nick-YF October 26, 2006, 11:36 am
  • If the Red Sox go anywhere near Sheff I will firebomb the RS front office.

    LocklandSF October 26, 2006, 11:43 am
  • Would the Yankees actually lay him at first? At worst he’d be an expensive DH who gave Abreu a day off from time to time.

    walein October 26, 2006, 1:29 pm
  • Once and ass, always an ass. Period. Yankee fans on this site have long tried to defend him, but he is who he is, and will never change. Every team should run as far away as possible from him knowing what they’re getting.

    Brad October 26, 2006, 1:42 pm
  • Sheff’s outburst didn’t “RUIN” Cash’s bargaining position. Everyone knows Sheff at this point; his reaction was going to be what it was going to be. Whatever team takes him knows what they’re getting, and they’re not likely to do it unless he agrees to play. That would have been the case whether or not this outburst was public or not.
    Everyone knows what they get with Sheff, and you can bet there will be plenty of teams happy to have it. That the Sox were likely one of those teams probably has something to do with why the Yanks picked up the option in the first place,
    Cash isn’t likely to turn him into Jered Weaver or Justin Verlander, but don’t expect him to settle for Tony Womack or TLong either.
    We’ll see what happens.

    YF October 26, 2006, 1:48 pm
  • ” Every team should run as far away as possible from him knowing what they’re getting.”
    What they’re getting is one of the most feared hitters in baseball. Yeah, run.

    Andrews October 26, 2006, 2:06 pm
  • Okay, Andrews you keep telling yourself. What they’re getting is an old, injured, angry and disgruntled player that doesn’t want to play first base and can’t really play the outfield all that well. Oh, and has publicly said that buyer beware if he’s traded. Again, teams should run. If he was even a little bit open to playing first base and not being the same jerk he’s been his while career, I’d agree with you. But, the combination of all the cons absolutely outweigh the pro(s) you may get.
    And, he’s not still one of the most feared hitters anymore. At one time he definitely was, but now, he’s more of a good hitter with great power when he can get a fastball to hit, with a very bad attitude problem.
    Teams should run. The Yakees only picked up the option to prevent him from going to Boston out of spite, because that’s what he is, a jerk.
    Run, far and fast. Let his attitude and disgruntled remarks sit on the Yankee bench. They deserve it.

    Brad October 26, 2006, 2:17 pm
  • while = whole.

    Brad October 26, 2006, 2:18 pm
  • even if he gets what he wants and the yankees let him pursue free agency, he’s shooting himself in the foot as far as presenting himself as a viable option for other clubs.
    he should’ve just told ca$hman that he wanted an extension with the club he ended up with. not do this via the media.

    Yankee Fan In Boston October 26, 2006, 2:26 pm
  • in a perfect world, the yankees would trade sheff to japan for that new pitching sensation that’s never gonna pan out. but in a perfect world, guy’s like gary wouldn’t exist.

    sf rod October 26, 2006, 2:34 pm
  • maybe i could help cure gary.

    stem cell October 26, 2006, 2:51 pm
  • As a Sheff defender, I’ll gladly take what he did in his first two years with the Bombers. He was one of the best hitters in the AL and that’s not to be taken lightly. As YF points out, the Sox have been rumored to be one of the teams interested in his services if the Yanks had chosen not to pick his option up. Why is that? Because the value he brings to the field FAR outweighs the off-field stuff (if the off-field is actually detrimental to the team).

    Nick-YF October 26, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • I think Sheff is one of the top 5 worst people in Baseball.
    I have said this before and I will say it again at the risk of offending some YFs…
    I would rather have a team full of guys I can really get behind that might not be the best team every year, as opposed to a team full of self absorbed #%@holes that have a very good chance of being one of the best teams every year.
    With notable exceptions, I think a large group of the current Yankee players are just bad people, don’t like them, wouldn’t like them if I knew them outside of baseball, wouldn’t like them if they played for another team, despite their immense talents.
    This is not to knock any of you YFs, we are born in to our teams for the most part, nothing you can do about it, I’m just calling it as I see it right now.

    LocklandSF October 26, 2006, 4:26 pm
  • …yeah nick, i heard the same rumor you did, in fact, some sf’s on this very site had sheffield in their projected ’07 lineup behind ortiz, assuming that manny would be traded elsewhere, although i don’t think anyone actually connected the 2 transactions…now that he’s had another of the outbursts he’s been known for over the years, we see shock and indignation…hello, he’s the same sheffield you guys talked about going to boston a few weeks ago…you don’t want him now, partly because you can’t have him…i won’t defend him [anymore], mostly because i’m tired of “me-first” high maintenance athletes, but he will bust a gut on the field [if, and that’s a big IF, he’s “happy”]…the yanks should just give him to boston and pay his salary as a gesture of sportsmanship…i’m confident that the yanks will do the right thing with him…

    dc October 26, 2006, 4:26 pm
  • LocklandSF,
    i’m curious as to which yankees you feel are unlikeable. i can think of a few candidates: rodriguez, sheff, giambi(?)… jeter has a few haters out there i hear…
    i’m assuming you’re a carl pavano fan. so he’s likely safe.
    is the current roster any worse than the 2003 sox? i couldn’t stand millar, manny makes me furious, i have picked up on an undercurrent of disdain for schilling when his name comes up with some yankee fans…
    that whole cowboy up era (if a month or two can be considered an era)was a bit obnoxious for those of us on the outside looking in.
    …just trying to give a bit of perspective, and you’re obviously entitled to your opinion.
    with guys like melky, cano and wang coming into heir own and being a big part of this incarnation of the yankees, i had been hearing that this was a likeable team again.

    Yankee Fan In Boston October 26, 2006, 4:46 pm
  • Being annoying isn’t really what I’m talking about, I actually think these guys are just not good people, Sheff, Giambi, Arod, Posada, Johnson, etc.
    The notable exceptions I mentioned would be Jeter, the new young guys until the prove me wrong, I have to respect Matsui, Rivera, I like the way they approach the game, etc…
    Schill is an annoying blowhard, but I think he has the best intentions, would take a bullet for a teammate, that sort of thing.
    Again, Millar, annoying, but another guy with great intentions and a great attitude, for the most part.

    LocklandSF October 26, 2006, 4:54 pm
  • I want an entire team full of guys like Olerud, Loretta, Trot, Wake, Paplebon, Jeter, Lowell, Billy Mueller, etc…
    Do you get my point?

    LocklandSF October 26, 2006, 4:58 pm
  • Sheff can growl, bark, and knash his teeth all he wants to; but the bottom line is that what he is saying is not going to scare off other teams. The dude will be playing in a walk year for some other club if he gets traded. You think he’s going to pout and not put forth effort? Bullshit, he’ll hit the cover off the ball and put up gaudy numbers to get some bargaining power for 2008 and beyond. He might be aging, put plenty of teams are hungry for a power hitting corner outfielder who puts fear in a lot of big league pitchers.

    bloodyank78 October 26, 2006, 5:19 pm
  • Lockland: Do you have some access the rest of us fans don’t that would allow you to make such evaluations about people you’ve never met, and experience largely though the veil of the media? Jorge Posada is not a good person? Jason Giambi? How on earth would you know? We all have players we like and dislike, but let’s keep things in perspective.
    Brad: Don’t let animosity color your perspective. Sheffield, healthy, is a vicious offensive force, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t be healthy next year. He’s a mediocre fielder, yeah, but he’s still an amazingly productive hitter, in the outfield or at dh. For all of his mishegas, he’s actually been a real gamer for the Yanks. He’s played through injury, and he’s played hard from day one. There’s baggage, but my guess is there will be more than a few teams willing to carry it. What they’re willing to give up for the opportunity, however, is another matter. As I said, we’ll see.

    YF October 26, 2006, 5:56 pm
  • YF, I never said I had any specific experience or information that led me these conclusions, it’s just the way I feel about them, from what I have read and seen, just like you. I notice you only defended two of the players I listed and I find that interesting.
    But, even the two you stood up for are not like the second list of guys I put out there; Olerud, Loretta, Trot, Wake, Paplebon, Jeter, Lowell, Billy Mueller, etc…
    I think you know what I mean, I really want my team to be made up of classic ball players and good guys. Call me crazy.
    My position is that the current Yankees don’t have a lot of those guys on the team.

    LocklandSF October 26, 2006, 6:28 pm
  • My dislike for Red Sox players is ignited as soon as they put on that BoSox uniform. With guys like Bill Mueller, my disdain vanishes after he has had time w/another team and the Boston taint has wore off. From a Yankfan’s perspective on unlikable Yankee players, I don’t care if the guy is the biggest a-hole in the world, if he’s an effective ball-player, I’m glad he’s a Yankee.

    bloodyank78 October 26, 2006, 6:40 pm
  • LocklandSF,
    sorry i dropped outta sight there…. had a midterm i had to tank.
    although i don’t see what you could possibly have against posada (he never runs his mouth, plays hard, plays hurt has even improved his defensive game this season through a bunch of extra drills with pena…) you are entitled to your opinion.
    i agree with your assessment of schilling, too. i respect the hell out of the guy even though i don’t always approve of some of the things he says.
    props to olie,mueller, etc…
    i was just curious.
    thanks for playing along.

    Yankee Fan In Boston October 26, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • …does the old saying “nice guys finish last” mean anything?…some players get a competitive edge by having a dark side on the field [roger clemens ring a bell with sf’s and yf’s?]…it doesn’t mean those players are bad people…locklandsf, you just did me a big favor…i have been suggesting to your colleagues for a couple of months now that too many sf’s are so one-sided, short-sighted, and blindly loyal of their organization and team, that they feel empowered to attack the yankee organization and players, not so much about their physical abilities, but rather their perceived personalities, how they approach the game, and whether or not they are “good people”…yf’s have had it drilled into them that the sox do no wrong as an organization, fanbase, and players…it’s a perfect world in beantown…even manny’s not a distraction…i know most of it’s out of jealousy, so i’ll cut you some slack…but come on, do you really know if the yankees you indicted in your comments are really “good people”, gimme a break…you’re so off base on this, i notice that your colleagues are letting you hang out to dry on this one…something tells me that if the players on both teams suddenly switched uniforms you’d have something different to say…i learned a long time ago that it is the uniform i root for, not the player…that’s how i was able to stomach clemens and boggs becoming yankees and helping win another couple of championships…

    dc October 26, 2006, 10:18 pm
  • dc,
    Bravo good sir, that was extremely well said. If Posada was a life long Sox (farm system through the present), he would have blue collar hero status in Beantown. I’ve been on a brief hiatus from posting on this site along with most other Yank/Baseball blogs after our beloved team’s early exit. I was so convinced the boys this year would produce… oh well. I had to take some time off for my sanity. Anyway; YF, Nick-YF, Sam, Walein, yankeemonkey, m.g. yanksfan lp, dc, Yankee Fan in Boston, Spidey, Andrews, and especially you AG;
    I missed BS’n w/you guys.

    Anonymous October 27, 2006, 4:08 am
  • well said dc.
    back to the original topic of this post, peter gammons actually said on mike & mike this morning that he thought the yanks would have been able to get bonderman from detroit straight up for sheff before this outburst – now he thinks it’ll be a bigger distraction than a-rod going into spring training.
    two thoughts:
    a. bonderman? seriously? let’s throw in carl pavano, pay for both salaries, and get this puppy done!
    b. i disagree with peter a bit on the running of the mouth – any exec. realizes what he’s getting with sheffield: a player who is still totally capable of 300/35/100, probably is best served as a dh, and is a total selfish prick. hell, the yanks knew that’s what they were getting 3 years ago.

    YFinBeantown October 27, 2006, 11:16 am
  • I wo8uldn’t want Sheffield on the Red Sox because of the off-field issues, as well as the fact that we just don’t know whether he remains an offensive force. Wrist injuries such as his are difficult to recover from, he is old, not just aging, and he’ll want a multiyear, big-bucks contract. If the Sox could have done a 1-year, $13M extension with him, I guess I’d be OK with that. But I’d rather see than $13M invested in a Matsuzaka posting fee or in a multiyear deal with a 3/4 starter than adding another should-be DH slugger to the Manny-Ortiz-Pena combo.

    Paul SF October 27, 2006, 11:47 am
  • …let me put my closing comment from my prior post in more specific terms…if sheffield were to arrive in spring training wearing a red sox uniform, you guys would find a way to love him…

    dc October 27, 2006, 12:17 pm
  • No, we would find a way to root for him, dc, not love him. Those are two different things. As a fan you certainly understand that, right?

    SF October 27, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • sf, …i admire your honesty for admitting that you’d at least root for him…i’m surprised though…given all the indignation you’ve expressed about your perception of sheffield’s personality and character issues, i’m surprised that you could even root for such a despicable monster, especially since you’ve claimed to have knowledge that he cheats…just curious, if he winds up on the sox, are you still going to call him a cheater?…do you realize that your team would then have one of those alleged cheaters that i’ve been hearing so much about on this site?…delicious!…

    dc October 27, 2006, 9:19 pm

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