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Former Fish Sheffield Retires From Baseball, Inducts Self Into HOF

Gary Sheffield, former Marlin and member of the 1997 World Series team, announced his retirement from baseball Thursday.

In a very uncharacteristic moment, the slugger also veered from his typical quiet humility, and spoke frankly about his rightful place in the Hall of Fame.

"I am sure it will be mentioned and debated but from my standpoint I know who is in the Hall of Fame," Sheffield told the newspaper. "A lot of them don't belong in the Hall of Fame. If someone wants to debate me, check the stats."

Unfortunately for Gary, they'll likely check the Mitchell report first.

Sheffield spent six years with the Fish, and still holds the Marlins record for most home runs in a single season (42). When asked if he would like to enter the Hall as a Marlin, Sheff replied, "absolutely."