Ex-Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield holds fort in his last Hall of Fame bid

Ex-Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield

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Gary Sheffield, the ex-New York Yankees power hitter, is facing his last opportunity for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year.

The initial 25 votes, publicly disclosed by the Baseball Writers Association of America, show a favorable trend for Gary Sheffield, as he secured 76% of the vote, translating to 19 out of the 25 ballots cast. Attaining 75% of the vote is the threshold for induction.

However, if Gary Sheffield does not secure induction in 2024, he will be removed from the ballot.

Gary Sheffield a strong contender for HoF glory

During his extensive 22-season MLB career, Gary Sheffield played for eight different teams. His stints with the Yankees in the 2005 and 2006 seasons were particularly noteworthy. In 2005, he earned his last All-Star Game selection and secured a Silver Slugger award by hitting .294 with 34 home runs and 123 RBIs.

Former Yankees great Gary Sheffield

Gary Sheffield’s illustrious career includes nine All-Star appearances, five Silver Slugger awards (across two different positions), and six instances of finishing in the Top 10 of MVP voting. Maintaining a career batting average of .292, he holds impressive rankings in the all-time records, standing at 21st for walks (1,475), 27th in home runs (509), 30th in RBIs (1,676), and 35th in total bases (4,737).

In 1997, Gary Sheffield secured a World Series championship with the Marlins.

Ex-Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield

Following 25 votes, two players have surpassed the 75% threshold required for induction: Todd Helton with 88% and Joe Mauer with 84%. The induction ceremony for 2024 is scheduled for July 21 in Cooperstown, New York.

The projection anticipates a total of 384 ballots to be cast, necessitating approximately 288 votes for induction. The deadline for submitting votes is December 31, and the announcement of inductees is slated for January 23.

The successful inductees will join Jim Leyland, a former manager, who secured his induction through the Contemporary Baseball Era Managers/Executives/Umpires ballot during the Winter Meetings.

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