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Sheffield lobbies for Cooperstown

Former Met and Yankee Gary Sheffield announced his retirement—he hasn’t played since 2009—and immediately started his campaign for 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 was quoted in the New York Post. ``A lot of them don't belong in the Hall of Fame. If someone wants to debate me, check the stats.’’

Sheffield had a lifetime batting average of .292 with 509 homers and 1,676 runs batted in over 22 seasons.

Sheffield was mentioned  in the Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drug use. ``The thing about the Mitchell Report is that I cringe about it because the guy who wrote the report didn't talk to me," Sheffield said. ``If he talked to me I would respect that no matter what. But I cringe on that because he didn't.’’

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