Sheffield being an idiot, i.e. forgetting the conditions established prior to his trade:http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3530628
Sheffield said he wants to play every day and the nine-time All-Star feels he's in a platoon for the Detroit Tigers. He also said he doesn't think he should be solely a designated hitter.
Leyland said he's "flabbergasted" by Sheffield's comments, which were published in a Boston Globe story and repeated Monday, because shoulder injuries have limited his playing time and accepting his role as a DH was a condition of being acquired.
Sheffield being an idiot, not knowing baseball terminology:
"Platoon is when you have a left-hand hitter and a right-hand hitter. One plays against right-hand pitching and one plays against left-hand pitching. That is a platoon."
Leyland said Sheffield played in 39 of 51 games before going on the disabled list in May and played in 36 of the last 43 games, entering Monday's series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.
"Anybody that has a brain knows that's not a platoon," Leyland said.
Sheffield stuck with his take on the situation after hearing Leyland's side of the story.
"I come in some days and I don't play and some days I play. That's platooning to me," Sheffield said. "You might think it's different. It's not a big deal, but that's the way I feel."