Rely former slugger Gary Sheffield as somebody who has no real interest in the present state of baseball.
“I do not watch baseball in any respect,” he instructed CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney show on Friday.
The nine-time All-Star and 1997 World Sequence champion served as a TBS studio analyst in the course of the postseason till final season.
“I used to be form of pressured to observe baseball, as a result of I used to be working with TBS,” he mentioned. “And so I needed to bear in mind, actually discover out who had been these gamers. I will inform you the key now: I by no means watched the video games in the course of the season. I might get educated on it after I obtained there. … It isn’t one thing that I might watch, primarily based on what I am seeing, as a result of I will be a complainer. … That is the primary time I’ve ever mentioned that out loud, however I am simply actually upset with what I watch.”
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Sheffield was a fierce competitor know for his violent bat swing when he performed in the course of the Nineteen Nineties and 2000s. He ranks twenty sixth all-time with 509 house runs and retired with a .907 on-base-plus-slugging proportion, equaling first-ballot Corridor of Famers Mike Schmidt and Ken Griffey Jr. And he by no means struck out greater than 83 instances in any of his 22 seasons.
“(It was thrilling) after I was enjoying. They carried out all these guidelines now and so they’ve modified the sport a lot, they’re making it extra hitter-friendly — even with out having success. These guys can go on the market and strike out 180, 190 instances, and it is OK. After which abruptly they present a house run. Now, a house run is much less interesting, when a house run was an enormous deal and extra interesting (after I performed) as a result of it wasn’t taking place as usually as it’s now. …
“Once I see a pop-up participant that everyone gravitates to — he is the face of the crew, the face of town — and he has 100 strikeouts in April. Once I see stuff like that, I am not a type of older gamers that scoffs on the recreation after which discuss in regards to the recreation in a damaging mild. I simply communicate on details. However what I do is meet these youngsters the place they’re at. That is the way in which the sport is performed at the moment, that does not imply I’ve to observe it.”
In his sixth 12 months on the Corridor of Fame poll, Sheffield garnered 40.6% of the vote — a far cry from the 75% wanted for induction — however noticed a noticeable enhance (10.1%) from his 2020 whole.
The outspoken star has 4 years remaining on the poll.
This text initially appeared on USA TODAY: Former slugger Gary Sheffield rips today’s game: ‘I don’t watch baseball at all’