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The X-Factor
Michael Bamberger
March 23, 1998
As a rookie with the Brewers, Gary Sheffield once threw a ball over his first baseman's head, then said he had done so to make a point. Nine years later, the Florida outfielder has matured quite a bit, but a steady stream of whines, bitches and yelps still emanates from the area in front of his locker. On a team that gave away so many of its stars, Sheffield is bound to get frustrated. But if the Marlins hope to maintain respectability, Sheffield must do better than the 21 home runs, 71 RBIs of '97 Yet more important, he must not complain to reporters about not getting any respect more than three times.
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March 23, 1998

The X-factor

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As a rookie with the Brewers, Gary Sheffield once threw a ball over his first baseman's head, then said he had done so to make a point. Nine years later, the Florida outfielder has matured quite a bit, but a steady stream of whines, bitches and yelps still emanates from the area in front of his locker. On a team that gave away so many of its stars, Sheffield is bound to get frustrated. But if the Marlins hope to maintain respectability, Sheffield must do better than the 21 home runs, 71 RBIs of '97 Yet more important, he must not complain to reporters about not getting any respect more than three times.

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