Former New York Yankees and New York Mets outfielder Gary Sheffield can still hit bombs, according to his Instagram account.
Can Gary Sheffield still bring it in the batter’s box? Apparently yes, as shown by an Instagram video. Posted this week, Sheffield is seen taking hacks while smoking a cigar. The retired athlete is showing that he still possesses the power that he was so well-known for. After hitting a trio of bombs, he then turns to the camera and says “put it in the bank.”
The MLB’s official Twitter account picked up the video on Monday.
Sheff is 51 and still hits bombs. ?
— MLB (@MLB) December 3, 2019
Yes, at 51 years old, Sheffield can still hit it deep with the same infamous swing, even if he’s using a metal bat.
Sheffield hasn’t played in the majors since his short stint with the New York Mets. He now works as a sports agent and is also a studio analyst for the MLB on TBS.
Across his 22 years in the majors, Sheffield played for eight different teams. He spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers (1988-91), San Diego Padres (1992-93), Florida Marlins (1993-98), Los Angeles Dodgers (1998-2001), Atlanta Braves (2002-03), New York Yankees (2004-06), Detroit Tigers (2007-08), and Mets (2009).
Throughout his long career, the former outfielder was selected to nine All-Star Games. He additionally won five Silver Slugger Awards, was a National League Batting Champion in 1992 with the Padres and won a World Series in 1997 with the Marlins.
Sheffield ended his career with 509 home runs, 1,676 RBIs, and a slash line of .292/.393/.514. He’s 26th on the all-time home run list. He announced his retirement when the 2011 Spring Training season commenced.