June 22, 2021

Gary Sheffield is lone Milwaukee Brewers connection to 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot (Brew Crew Ball)


The 2020 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot has been released, and this year, only one player who spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers has made the cut. That man is Gary Sheffield, who was drafted the Brewers in the first round at #6 overall in 1986. He debuted in the big leagues two years later at age 19 and spent the first four seasons of his career in the Cream City before going on to appear for seven other teams during a career that spanned 22 seasons.

This will be Sheffield’s sixth year on the ballot out of a possible total of 10 years that a player can remain eligible. He put up Hall of Fame-worthy statistics during his career, including 2,689 hits and 509 home runs accompanying a .292/.393/.514 slash line that translates to a 140 OPS+ over the course of nearly 11,000 plate appearances in Major League Baseball. Baseball-Reference values his contributions at 60.5 wins above replacement.

Despite his stellar career, Sheffield has had trouble gaining much traction for the Hall of Fame. He was not a popular player with the Brewers, criticizing the team when they moved him off shortstop and intimating that racism was part of the reason. He dealt with injuries during…

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