Gary Sheffield hits 500th Home Run
A decade or two ago Gary Sheffield’s accomplishment on Friday night would have meant something. Joining the 500 HR not only placed you in very elite company, but it basically punched your ticket in the Cooperstown.
Flash forward to 2009 and Sheffield’s 500th HR gets a little more than a yawn out of me. The timing couldn’t have been worse for Sheff because so many of us were reminded of the late Harry Kalas’ call of Michael Jack Schmidt’s 500th HR. Now that was an accomplishment. It is still an elite group with merely 25 members. It just doesn’t take on the same meaning. Not with the steroids, the HGH, the cream, and the clear. To me, there is no chance Sheffield gets into the Hall of Fame. Some other steroid era players could have a hard time as well. Obviously the Mt. Shamemore of the steroit era (Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro) will struggle to get in. Same with Jim Thome, although he hasn’t been linked to steroids. Despite meeting the milestone, I would actually put Sheffield’s Uncle (Dwight Gooden) in the Hall before I considered him.