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The iconic wag of Gary Sheffield’s bat is something that most fans don’t forget if Sheffield plays for your favorite team. His production is wanted by most teams and fans of said teams. However, the controversy he brings to the teams he plays for is a different subject all together. A subject most teams or fans don’t want to deal with, yet some do because his production is needed.

In the offseason that followed the 2003 season, most Yankees fans wanted the Bombers to sign Vladimir Guerrero. However, George Steinbrenner negotiated with Sheffield (sans agent) and struck a deal with him for 3 years/$39 million with a team option for 2007.

In 2004, Gary had one of his better years as a Yankee as he hit .290, 36 homeruns, and drove in 121 RBI’s while placing second in MVP voting to Vladimir Guerrero.

2005 was a lot similar to 2004 as in he hit .291, 34 homeruns and 123 RBI’s while coming in 8th in MVP voting.

Unfortunately for Gary, 2006 wasn’t that great for Gary as he injured his wrist in April against Toronto and needed surgery. He didn’t return until September and by then, the Yankees had acquired Bobby Abreu in a trade with the Phillies. Sheffield then was tried at first base as he lost his job to Abreu. Sheffield apparently didn’t like this and had no problem voicing his opinion of the situation.

Luckily for Sheffield and the Yankees, Cashman picked up his option and proceeded to trade him during the offseason to Detroit for Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan, and Anthony Claggett. However, Sheffield would still stir the pot from Detroit. During an interview on ‘Real Sports’ he took shots at Torre (‘Treated black players different from white”) and Jeter (‘Ain’t all the way black’). So, I guess Gary was shuttled out of town at about the right time.

Regardless, Gary Sheffield was a good player on the field for the Yankees and off the field he was decent at times. However, near the end of his tenure as a Yankee, Gary became less agreeable off the field and regardless of his production, I don’t think the Yankees could have put up with him much longer. If Gary kept his mouth shut, things might have been different. Either way, on the field, Gary had a productive career as a Yankee. Off the field is a different story.

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Here is some of the latest news, notes and rumors that are floating around the Yankees blogosphere over the past week:

Yanks bring aboard Segovia as a non-roster invitee. “The Yankees have invited righty reliever Zack Segovia to Spring Training as a non-roster player.”

First Karstens. Then Jackson. Now Claggett. A few days ago Anthony Claggett was designated for assignment from the Pirates

According to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff, the Yankees “went after [John] Smoltz hard before they acquired Javier Vazquez.”

The New York Mets are among the teams interested in Chien-Ming Wang. “The Mets are among 15 teams with interest in Wang, according to Alan Nero, who along with Alan Chang represents the former Yankee.”

The guys over at RAB debate whether Derek Jeter can aim his hits

Alex Rodriguez was in New York the other day to receive the Babe Ruth Award from the New York Chapter of the BBWAA.

ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that the Yankees never made an offer to Jerry Hairston Jr.

“New Era Japan have just released their new 8 panel BB cap collection – a throwback style wool cap in New York Yankees and Boston Red Socks options. These are good.” -Via HighSnobiety

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 Here is some of the latest news surrounding Yankees Universe, and I thought I would catch up on some of the things I missed.

Peter Abraham says that maybe it’s time to reward Girardi for the great job he did managing the team this year. I say no. Win the World Series…and then you can have a reward. This is New York. We expect to make the playoffs.

A fourth-grader in Syracuse, NY was told to turn his Yankee shirt inside out by his teacher. He showed up to class this week with a Yankee t-shirt at Van Buren Elementary School, and his teacher told him to go to the bathroom and turn it inside out. He did what he said, and was later told to wear it that way until school let out. At first, the kid thought his teacher was joking, but he seriously meant it. The teacher is a big Red Sox fan, but that’s just wrong. The kid should be allowed to wear whatever he wants.

The idea that the Yankees are going Mauer frustrates me.  Not because I don’t like Mauer, but I would like to see the young catching prospects come up through the system. I know you can’t ever bank on a prospect, but Jesus Montero isn’t just any normal player. The guy is unbelievable.

I like Mauer as much as the next guy, but I rather have Montero be the heir apparent to Posada. Montero has something that people call “light tower power”. He is preparing to be the Yankees catcher as of now. His bat is major league ready..but his defense isn’t. Montero hasn’t turned 20 years old yet and he’s with the Trenton Thunder. His numbers this past season: .337AVG 17HR 70RBI .389OBP .562SLG .951OPS. Jesus can’t be moved to first base because the Yanks already locked Teixeira up for 8 years.

The fact of the matter is that Jorge Posada still has a productive bat and I’m in no rush to push him out the door. People always complain about his catching, but they blow it way out of proportion. His bat makes up for those mistakes. We will have to wait and see what happens.

FanGraphs breaks down Alex Rodriguez in the postseason. We all know that he has struggled mightily in big spots, but that can change. The ’09 Postseason could be his October.

The idea that Joba is back and better than ever… Joba definitely made an improvement in his last start, but let’s not get crazy here. He wasn’t dominant, but pitched much better than his previous starts. Chad Gaudin has been as good, if not better in his last few starts.

The Yankees achieved a new homerun record at Yankee Stadium. A-Rod’s Homer on Friday was the 127th longball hit at the stadium this season. Their previous high of 126 was achieved at the old Yankee Stadium in both ’04 and ’05.

SportsPro Magazine ranked the world’s 200 most valuable sports properties, and the Yankees ranked 12th on that list. This isn’t just the U.S., so it just shows how big the Bronx Bombers are in the world of sports. As you can see, the Yankees are estimated to be worth $1.19 Billion. They rank ahead of the Olympic Games, PGA, both NY football teams, and the entire National Hockey League. You can thank George Steinbrenner for all of that. (more…)

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The Yankees designated Cody Ransom for assignment. Anthony Claggett was called up to replace him on the roster. It’s about time Ransom was taken off te team. He hit hit .190/.256/.329 in 31 games for the Yankees

 According to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, the Yankees signed RHP Russ Ortiz to a minor league contract. This move was made to provide minor-league depth at Triple-A Scranton. Ortiz  posted a (W-L) 3-6 record and a 5.57ERA with the Astros before being released in July. It’s a shame, because this guy was once a very good pitcher.

ESPN’s Jorge Arangure Jr. stated that Cuban defectors RHP Yadel Marti, OF Yasser Gomez, and RHP Juan Yasser had been declared free agents and are free to sign with any team. The Yankees could definitely use Marti in their rotation. He is a veteran guy, who is considered major league ready and could join the Yankees rotation immediately.

  • George M. Steinbrenner’s Yankeeography will debut on August 21st (more…)

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