Former Atlanta Braves Gary Sheffield as he faced Chicago Cubs’ Kerry Wood in the fourth inning of Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Turner Field Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003. (RICH ADDICkS/AJC staff)
Photo: RICH ADDICKS/AJC staff
Photo: RICH ADDICKS/AJC staff

Former Brave Gary Sheffield on if he was MLB Commissioner: ‘Things would get better in a hurry’

Former MLB star and one-time Atlanta Brave Gary Sheffield thinks he could make baseball more enjoyable if he was MLB commissioner.

While he still loves baseball, Sheffield admits in his piece “Commissioner for a Day” released on Friday in “The Players’ Tribune” he doesn’t watch it as much as he once did because of new rules and all the delays in games. 

“I’m a guy who loves baseball with all his heart, so when I watch games it can be tough to keep noticing things that don’t allow the sport to reach its full potential in terms of excitement and energy... Look, you want a better game? Well, here’s what you do: Make me the damn commissioner! Things would get better in a hurry,” Sheffield wrote.

Sheffield played for the Braves for two seasons during his 22-year career. From 2002-2003 in Atlanta, Sheffield had a .319 batting average and accumulated 341 hits and 216 RBIs. Sheffield retired after the 2009 season.

Some of Sheffield’s suggestions to improving the game are letting batters retaliate when hit intentionally by pitchers and being more strict for PED policy violations.

More of what Sheffield would do as MLB Commissioner can be read on “The Players’ Tribune.”

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