- The Washington Times - Monday, July 23, 2007

Gary Sheffield told Andrea Kramer of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” that the chaos in his life is a result of “bad choice of women.”

“You take any responsibility for it?” Kramer asked.

“I picked ‘em,” Sheffield said.

Sheffield, who has used the most violent swing in baseball to hit 478 home runs for seven teams, also told Kramer last week that Yankees manager Joe Torre treats white players and black players differently and that Derek Jeter isn’t “all the way black.”

Sheffield has lots of theories — some good, some bad, all of them interesting.

Here is a best-of collection:

The World Baseball Classic Theory

“My season is when I get paid.”

Skinny: You would have a hard time proving him wrong.

The Steroids Theory

“Steroids is something you shoot in your butt.”

Skinny: It’s a quaint theory, circa 1976, East German women’s swim team.

The Clean Living Theory

“Most people figured I’d be in jail. I’ve been proving people wrong my whole life.”

Skinny: Troy Ellerman, the attorney who leaked Sheffield’s grand jury testimony, was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Derrick Moseley, who tried to extort money from Sheffield over a tape of his wife, DeLeon Richards-Sheffield, and R. Kelly having sex, was sentenced to more than two years in prison.

Sheffield has not served time in prison.

The Milwaukee Theory

“Everything you asked for in Milwaukee you didn’t get. Ask for good weather, you don’t get it. Ask for a good playing surface, you don’t get it. Ask for a first-class organization, you don’t get it.”

Skinny: Sheffield played for the Brewers from 1988 to 1991. The average rainfall in Milwaukee from 1971 to 2000 was 3.78 inches in April, 3.06 in May, 3.56 in June, 3.58 in July, 4.03 in August and 3.30 in September. The Brewers averaged 81.3 wins a season.

The Sleep Theory

“I sleep real good at night. Very good.”

Skinny: Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

The Latin American Players Theory

“I called it years ago. What I called is that you’re going to see more black faces, but there ain’t no English going to be coming out. … [It’s about] being able to tell [Latin players] what to do — being able to control them.”

Skinny: The percentage of black players in relation to American-born players has not changed dramatically in the past decade. But the percentage of black players in major league baseball has gone down because of emergence of players from Latin American and Asia.

Eight percent of major league players are black. Twelve percent of American major league players are black. Thirteen percent of Americans are black.

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